Art fair Tokyo was held from March 18th to 21st this year. Last year, the fair was obliged to cancel due to the Covid-19, so that when the announcement of this year’s fair came out, it got an unexpected excitement. I have a huge appreciation to the organizer and participated galleries for their strong will to sustain the art fair in Tokyo even under such condition.
The site was full of cheerful people with smiling face and surrounded by a optimistic mood. Though we didn’t have exhibitors from abroad, the exhibition seemed to have the same magnitude as one before.
With an excuse of Covid-19, I hadn’t had virtually much access to art nowadays. Just walking through and hunting for my favorite kind of art works, I was filled with joy.
It is interesting to notice myself is that I was more attracted by 3D works. I guess that this reflects the current segregated living condition under the pandemic. I may be wanting to connect and be around by humanity.
The one I particularly fall in love with is the work of Hirosuke YABE. It is a kind of chainsaw art. Hirosuke creates wooden sculpture using a nata, a Japanese hatchet. His art pieces use a motif of animals, people and monsters like. They look funny, cute, sweet or sad. One finds a immediate connection with a character as if to connect with a pet.
Kunihiko NOHARA is another artist who I was fascinated with. He describes the emotions and the sceneries by using a metaphor of clouds and smokes.
Those emotions, such as a sense of freedom, a pleasure of time or desire definitely existed in a moment of time, but disappeared or got forgotten from memories. Kunihiko Nohara sees the importance of preserving such emotions as these are critical parts for being oneself.
The work of both Hirosuke Yabe and Kunihiko Nohara were actually exhibited in Art fair Tokyo 2019 but I didn’t notice it. I have been visiting Art fair Tokyo almost every year and I was always particular about my choices. It was interesting discovery about myself how the connection with art has been changed even in two years and how big the impact of the pandemic is.