Ayumi Suzuki (鈴木愛弓): her solo exhibition entitled “the land”

There are some artists that I occur to my mind and wonder how they are doing. Teppei Ikehira who I wrote about in the previous post is one of those. Ayumi Suzuki (Ayumi), who I am going to write about this time is another one of those artists. Interestingly, I wrote about both artists in my post on March 23, 2015, in which I wrote about Art Fair Tokyo.

Mayumi Suzuki Dreaming

“Dreaming”, Oil painting by Ayumi Suzuki

I happen to know that Ayumi has a solo exhibition entitled “the land” at Fei Art Museum Yokohama (Sept 19-29), so I went to see it and had an opportunity to speak with Ayumi over her exhibition and creation.

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The style of work exhibited in “the land” is quite different from her work in my memory, which was an oil painting featuring a woman with girlish innocence and the background surrounding the woman was drawn to the detail. In contrast to the oil painting, her work in “the land” exhibition is mostly black and white and the motif is blurry.

Ayumi attempted using a water and acrylic paint about 5,6 years ago for the sake of searching for a different mode of expression. Initially it didn’t go so smoothly and she couldn’t find her style until about 3 years ago, when her parents asked her to draw papered sliding doors for a guest room in her parents’ house, she draw it with liquid sumi ink and the experience was in a sense liberating her and triggered her to start drawing a paper with liquid sumi ink.

“With different tool and method to deliver an output, a style of expression is different even if it comes from the same inspiration. “

In her oil painting, she tends to use a clear line, but with sumi ink, line is blurred and rough. She has a much better control with oil paint by adding paint and reconstructing it to be close to what she envisaged painting.  Liquid sumi ink is, on the contrary, somewhat uncontrollable. It has unintended force. She needs to go with how the ink spreads and accept however the ink stained. She feels such output expresses her genuinenss.

A border between the usual and unusual or something like daydream is her favourite theme.  She said that the use of liquid sumi ink changed the way she capture the theme. It gets more inward. The scenery and a person described get more blur and ambiguous. The land is described in her words as below and it becomes the tile of her work and exhibition.

“the land” is like a place of daydreaming, a mirror reflecting one’s emotion and thoughts , and a dream relaying to one’s unconsciousness.”

“そこは空想の土地であり、感情や思考を映す鏡のような場所でもあり、無意識と繋がった夢のようでもあります。”

Her solo exhibition, “the land” is being held in Fei Art Museum Yokohama until Sept 29, which is 5 min walk from Yokohama station.

Ayumi Suzuki solo exhibition "the land" Sept 19 (Wed)-29 (Sat)
Fei Art Museum Yokohama 
Yokohama Tsuruyacho Bldg. 1F, Tsuruyacho 3-33-2, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama city, Kanazawa prefecture 〒221-0835
tel. 045-411-5031   fax. 045-411-5032
e-mail:artmuseum@fukasaku.jp
Opening hours:10:00 - 19:00 (~17:00 for 29th)
Holiday: Monday

Mountain climbing is one of her hobbies.  She brings back small things from mountain such as moss, a branches and stones and those become her source of inspirations.  Ayumi has a plenty of ideas for future direction, could be oil painting on paper or animation capturing a longer time span and share it with viewers. I am looking forward to her evolution.

Ayumi Suzuki

Ayumi Suzuki photographed with her work from “the land” exhibition

If you are interested in her other work, please go to her own site from here.

 

Meeting with Teppei Ikehira from his private exhibition ”今を灯して(Lighting up the present)” – Part III

“I select what I purely want to paint. If I force myself to draw something I am unwilling, I would likely get bored. Forcing me is sometime not endurable.”

As Ikehira mentioned, his style is elastic.  It flows to diversified directions with a various choice of motives, compositions and colours. It reflects his encounters in his life. Painting may be like his life itself.

Ikehira says that purchasing and hanging a piece of art is not the end of a journey for an appreciator, but is just a beginning.

Indeed, with versatile motives in his paintings,  I have a new discovery, a new encounter and a new experience.  It unnoticeably becomes a part of my memory and comes back with nostalgia.  It is as if I am on a trip with a ticket handed by Ikehira in my hand and wondering where I am taken to. I certainly can’t wait to see it.

Meeting with Teppei Ikehira from his private exhibition ”今を灯して(Lighting up the present)” – Part II

At Part I, I introduced Teppei Ikehara‘s art piece, titled ’They know their place’.

Ikehira told me that he started painting it with ‘a boy cuddling a tiger’. Can you locate the little boy?  It is drawn at the lower part of left corner.

Teppei Ikehira 1

a boy with a tiger

One day Ikehira brought back a stuffed tiger from neighbor restaurant to surprise his son expected to be home from school.  Against the odds, the son started cuddling the tiger and that became an inspiration for Ikehira to start out the work.

Ikehira said that he normally doesn’t have full picture how he wants to finish a work when he started.  The finished work is so to say a consequence of accumulated daily inspiration.

“I intuitively find a motif that interests me and carefully draw it with high concentration and in detail.  I continuously find such  interesting motifs from daily life, so I have a plenty of sources.”

Ikehira‘s inspiration comes from a slice of daily life. Interaction with his children, orange tree in his back yard, insects, birds coming to his house, a picture in a magazine he happens to read, etc, etc. Anything could be sufficient to keep his fire going.

Looking at countless motifs scattered like stars on canvas, my mind traveled with memories, was stimulated with new encounters and felt like dreaming. I may have had a some kind of simulated experience through Ikehira’s artwork.

Ikehira‘s work is exhibited at Corridor Gallery 34, Park Hotel Tokyo this month. Don’t miss the chance!

Teppei Ikehila TOKYO MERMAID PRINCESS
Date: September 1, 2018 (Sat.) – September 30, 2018 (Sun.)
Time: 11:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
Place: Corridor Gallery 34, Park Hotel Tokyo (34F)
Fare: Admission Free

At the next post, I will touch on some more Ikehira‘s creations.

Teppei Ikehira from his private exhibition ”今を灯して(Lighting up the present)” – Part I

There are two pieces of oil painting by Teppei Ikehira (池平撤兵)hanging on the wall in my living room. One is a college of polar bear, salmon, blue and white colored ripples, flowers in red, pink and orange. Another is a collage of lots of titmouses, lots of pink tulips, fried eggs, a windmill, a little girl with a sort of European traditional costume like with blue sky with some white clouds on the back. How I describe his painting in detail, it would be hard to imagine how it looks like. The motifs in a canvas is so versatile. It is hard to believe such diversified and unrelated motifs can be harmonized in one frame.

He had his personal show in hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO until yesterday and I could be there barely in the last day.

Teppei Ikehira 1

居場所を知ったものたち


They know their place


2016 242.0cm x 324.0cm


oil on canvas

How many different objects do you find in the above painting. You may wonder by the choice of diversified motifs from animals, fishes, cakes, children, fried eggs, Onigiri (rice balls), fruits, juices, UFO, and so on. Depending on a place you pay attention, you have a different discovery.  Even after spending sometime searchingly looking by part by part, I felt as if  there is a new motif added one after another.

Ikehira told me that the way such versatile motifs be together in the canvas is just like what we are living in this world with numberless different living creatures. We have somehow a harmony to belong to one world. Ikehira said he draws each motif one by one with high concentration as if each creature lives one’s life with own faith.

”Ibasho (your place) is not necessary a defined space, but exists within the relations with surroundings. To be exact, Ibasho exists inner self and can be visualized by the relations with surroundings”

“居場所とは具体的な決まった空間のことではなく、周囲との関係性の中にある。さらにもっと正確にいうと居場所とは自分の内側にあり、周囲との関係性の中で可視化できるようになるものである”

Ikehira Teppei 戦場の産声

戦場の産声

For The Babies At War
 2017 
162.0cm x 162.0cm

Oil on canvas

Teppei Ikehira

池平 徹兵 / IKEHILA Teppei

1978
Born in Fukuoka
2001
Graduated from Course of Health and Physical Education, Department of School Teachers’ Training, Faculty of Education, Shimane University
2013
Selected for the 16th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporar y Art Lives in Tokyo

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2000
“Blue Earth,” Galler y at Shimane Art Museum ( 01, 03, 06, 09, 12 )
2007
“Storehouse of the wing,” HIGURE 17-15 cas, Tokyo
2011
“OFFICE BACTERIA Universe,” Medical Science Museum, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo “OFFICE BACTERIA Universe / Planet,” Galler y Conceal, Tokyo
2013
” Asa no Risoukyo,” Shonandai MY Galler y, Tokyo

Workshops and Public Projects

2006
mural painting, Hasu to Bara, Tokyo
2007
mural painting, IGL Complex Facility for the Elderly Seifu Shinto, Hiroshima mural painting, Samuel Saijo Nurser y, Hiroshima
2012
Koinobori,” Tachikawa City Civic Hall and Granduo Tachikawa, Tokyo

poster, “Biofilms 5 International Conference,” Paris

mural painting, Chaplin, Daimaru Tokyo

Bibliography

  • Briandet, Romain. “Biofilms, quand les microbes s’organisent,” éditions Quæ, 2012, pp. 26, 27

I will write more about him at the next post so stay tuned!

Meeting with U-die part III

In part II, I  picked up Marilyn Monroe’s portrait from “Are ni tsuite no mudabanashi” series. This series has other portraits of Michael Jackson, Mother Teresa and Gandi. He envisions this series expandable to a movie.

Michael Jackson

Gandie, Teresa

Besides “Are nitrite no mudabanashi” series that I introduced in Part II, U-die has a alphabetical portrait series of well known people, starting from A:Albert Einstein, B:Bob Marley, D: Lady Diana. Lady Diana is his recent work that he presented at this year’s Art fair Tokyo.

Lady Diana.jpg

Photo from Onomichi Art Biotop

He created many portraits, but the style is versatile. For “Are ni tsuiteno mudabanashi” series, outline and letters are firstly output to either paper or canvas then he add colors on by using pencil, marker or acrylic paint. As for alphabetic series, he reflect the motif for the choice of tools. Blackboard and chalk for Einstein, canvas made of linen and rasta colour acrylic paint for Bob Marley, water colour painting paper of Royal warrant and water paint.

You see U-dai’s playfulness every bit of his creation and a choice of tools. U-die doesn’t want to limit himself in particular style of expression. Imagination is his driver and think about what is the most suitable way to deliver it.  Acrylic, pencil, water paint, 3D, movie…..if you are interested in other work of U-die. you can find some in Onomichi art biotop site.

His work is so refined. He could barely creates one piece a year or every two years. Building his portfolio and holding his personal exhibition soon may be his live concern. I am certainly one of those who are looking forward to it.

His work is managed and well taken care of by Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery in Osaka last 8 years since U-die graduated from university. If you have a chance to be in Osaka, why don’t you visit the gallery. It is located in a center of Shinsaibashi area in Osaka.

Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery: 

ADDRESS.

Shinsaibashi Inoue Bldg. 1-3-10
Shinsaibashi-Suji Chuo-ku.Osaka
542-0085.Japan

TEL +81 (0)6-6245-5347

Go to Meeting with U-die part I

Go to Meeting with U-die part II

 

Meeting with U-die part II

Marilyn u-die

At the last post, I introduced about a young Japanese artist, U-die. His 110cm wide 116 cm long art piece of ‘Marilyn Monroe’ is composed with delicate mosaic work. The mosaic is actually made by Manga with a story of Marilyn Monroe. U-die carefully puts a piece of cartoon together in a way that a part of illastrations structures Marilyn’s face parts and hairs.

Marilyn Monroe part

U-die, Saitama prefecture based artist, was interested in artwork with gimmickry like double image for some time, in which some small pieces of photos and illustrations are put together and form other larger artwork.

His interest was beyond just putting small mosaic together. He wanted to find a way to create a relation between the small pieces constructing the large image and the created image.

The idea of using a cartoon came from his hobby. He started using a frame of cartoon as a piece of mosaic.  With this, he can put an episode of portrayed person in the cartoon and make a connection to the portrait.

His first art piece that he created with this style was when he was a university student. He chose Osamu Tezuka (手塚治虫) as the first motif of portrait.  Osamu Tezuka is a legendary Japanese cartoonist, who created world well-known manga series such as Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack. U-die wanted to show his respect to the king of Manga if he is going to uses cartoon for the mosaic piece.

U-die creates a story of cartoon based on a true episode of the portrayed character. Then, he lets cartoon personalities talk about the portrayed character without mentioning the name. A reader will finally grasp who the cartoon personas are talking about after going through the story to the end. That is why the series of portrait including Marilyn Monroe is named as  “アレについてのムダ話 (An empty talk about that person)”. By now, the story of cartoon is only written in Japanese, but I hope one day U-die will create a work in English!

The creation process is quite elaborate. He firstly outputs outline and text of cartoon on paper or canvas, then colors on it by pencil, marker and acrylic painting.

You can see and purchase some of U-die’s work at Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery in Osaka. If you have a chance,  go and visit the gallery.

At the next post, I will introduce some more work of U-die, so stay tuned….

Meeting with U-die: a pleasure of discovery

My first encounter with a work of U-die, a young Japanese artist and painter, was at Art fair Tokyo in March.
Two portraits fearuting Marilyn Monroe and Lady Diana were hang next each other.

At the first glance, I thought these are just another portraits of iconic faces of famous people that many artists have created by now, including the famous silkscreen by Andy Walhol.  Then, my eyes gradually started recognising a very minute something filled in the painting.  I walked closer to the painting and realized that the detail of the lines and colours composing the portrait is actually made by ‘manga’ look-like drawing.  I still remember the pleasant surprise by saying aloud “WOW”.

I am going to write more about U-die in the next post. In the mean time, enjoy his great artwork and discovering what is hidden.

Marilyn u-die