Thursday, December 11, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Hiraki Sawa, Hako, 2007, six channel video installation
(from top to bottom) 'talking to the wall', 'for a moment', 'fragments'
Similarly, Sawa builds such a garden himself - a blend of fantasy and reality with its own time frame set by the toy wall clock and then allows the viewers to experiance it as we would be experiancing someone's other memory or subconsiousness.
It's really a pitty that this year Triennale curators overlooked this work which was displayed in NACT as part of Artist File 2008 exhibition only this spring and the artist has already built up his reputation being part of few international shows such as EastInternational or Lyon Biennale.
To see Sawa previous works go to: www.softkipper.com
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tetsuya Ishida, Untitled, oil on canvas, 2001
The strongest performing Japanese artist was Tetsuya Ishida, a painter (died at 31 in 2005 in the train accident) depecting Japanese youths and their conditions of life in response to society and technology's expectation upon them.
Hiroyuki Matsuura, Kingyo-hime, acrilic on canvas, 2008
Another artist who was selling well was Hiroyuki Matsuura who depictes a fantastical universe in which Japanese often immerse when the real world is too disappointing. The digital realm and its characters provide solace and companionship. Here the Princess Goldfish inspired by Takashima Kazusa anime where a goldfish turns into a woman for one night to thank a boy for saving her.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Mika Ninagawa is often descibed as second generation onnanoko shasinka (girlie photographers)* but her style has not much to do with it as her photographs are carefully composed, technically advanced and most of them lack of snapshot aesthetic. I like the comparison Gary McLeod made in his review saying that walking through this exhibition feels like flipping through the pages of a glossy magazine.
|Mika Ninagawa, Smart girls vol.7, Hoshiko, C-print|
* dozen of Japanese female photographers whose work was largely characterized by low-tech, out-of-focused snap shoots of their daily lives. To find their place in male dominated society of photographers most of the pictures were bra-and-panties type but ever since their success in early 90s their style has evolved.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
|Iichiro Tanaka, Drop-eyed Daruma, 2002, mixed media|
|Iichiro Tanaka, classical music karaoke, 2006, DVD 11.5min.|
The other explores fenomena of karaoke in which the greatest classical music masterpieces has been converted into 'hummable' nonsense momoslyllabes allowing visitors to sing along.
photos from www.yukasasaharagallery.com/artists/tanaka.html
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Speaking of Venice Biennale this is how the last decade looked like:
|Tatsuo Miyajima, "Revive Time" Kaki Tree |
Project Executive Committee
| 49. || |
|Naoya Hatakeyama, Masato Nakamura, |
| 50. || 2003 ||Yutaka Sone, Motohiko Odani|
| 51. || 2005 ||Miyako Ishiuchi|
|52.|| 2007 ||Masao Okabe|
Chelfitsh, Free time, 2008 performance at Cafe DeLuxe 18.03.08
A para-theatrical group established in 1997 by Okada Toshiki who uses in his performances what he calls super-real Japanese which are dialogues composed from modern language of young people.
Nakaya Fujiko, Fog sculture, 2008
Ohmaki Shinji, Memorial Rebith, performance 2008
If anyone entering the art gallery have ever thought about destroying an artwork he should definately experiance Ohmaki art as it often allows that. The recent work for triennali is not that spectacular in this sense as one of the previous - Echoes (2005) - when he let the viewers trodded upon floral patterns on the gallery floor making them more blur and blur until they disappaered.
Naito Rei, untitled (matrix), 2008
At Yokohama Triennale she displayed in the traditional japanese tea house one of her ethereal installation where the wire attached to the ceiling dances being heated.
scan of Naoya Hatakeyama photo
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
|Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Nasubi gallery 1993-2003|
Recently Chim↑Pom made it to the media while preparing work for Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art show. On the cloudless Hiroshima blue sky they wrote with the aeroplane smoke the word pika which Japanese use in manga to discribe explosion or blast. This triggered a crushing ctiticism of the atomic bomb victims which resulted in exhibition cancellation and public apology of the curator. Even the usually carefree group leader went on explaining that work was to draw young generation attantion to atomic bombing not to hurt anyone's feeling but all his efforts were in vain.
However this is not the first time when they are subject of controversy as in group DNA is to provoke and shake the society. One of other quite recent Chim↑Pom work made in Bali is Saya mau perigi ke TPA (Take me to the garbage disposal plant) an installation incuding video showing Ellie, the only female member as a cashed-up Japanese tourist dumping rubbish from helicopter onto a garbage pile where locals look for scavenges. Yet another shows Louis Vuitton bags (ones that each Japanese girl got to have) been blown in Cambodia with the unexpolded landmines .
|Chim↑Pom, Saya mau perigi ke TPA, 2008, installation,|
Courtesy of Mujin-to Production
|Chim↑Pom, part of installation in NADiff, 2008|
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Pitty that I couldn't take any photo nor get one from the organizers as the contract with the artist does not provision such option. Well ..
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Mai Ueda is a New York based digital and performance artist. Her works explores digital pop culture, sexuality and porn. Here is some of her poetry - songs, like the ones everybody sings in the shower. She sings only one line and people imagine the rest.
performance in Athens at Bios, July 16, 2008
Mai has already participated in many major art events such as the Tirana Biennale, Biennial of Lyon, WhitneyBiennale.com and recently in Chanel Mobile Art . She believes that websites are new art objects and collects different .coms such as romanticus.com, hellomypet.com hoping that in near future she will sell them with profit.
See more at maiueda.com
Saturday, October 18, 2008
|Ueda Yoshihiko, Bones and stoneware, recent|
|Ikeda Akiko, Their sight/your sight (since 2000)|
|Yoneda Tomoko, Lovers from After the thaw series, 2004|
Thursday, October 9, 2008
|Paramodel, Paramodelic graffiti, 2005, Kyoto Art Center|
|Paramodel, Paramodelic graffiti on the roof garden of the Sawada Mansion|
|Paramodel, Plarail, 2007, Okazaki Mindscape Museum|
|Hiroe Saeki, untitle 2007, pencil and ink on paper|
Thursday, August 28, 2008
|Miwa Yanagi, Yuka, 2000, chromogenic print on plexiglass|
|Miwa Yanagi, Fortunetelling, 2005, video installation|
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ai Shinohara, Make children take to feeding, oil on cotton, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
|Ken Hamaguchi, photo: Natsu Tanimoto|
Saturday, August 23, 2008
|Sako Kojiama, I can be alone, silicon, 2005|
|Sako Kojiama, Present for my ear, silicon, 2005|
Monday, August 18, 2008
|Mika Kato, Gossamer, 2005, oil on canvas|
|Mahomi Kumikata, Crayon, 2004, acrylic on canvas|
Ryoko Suzuki, Anikora-Seifuku 03 and 04, 2007,
chromogenic color print
|Ai Yamaguchi, Aokumo, 2003(exhibition view)|
|Ai Yamaguchi, Aokumo, 2003(detail)|