Teppei Ikehira in Art Expo Malaysia

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Teppei Ikehira who I introduced in takumist on Sep 9 participates in Art Expo MALAYSIA from Galerie Bruno Massa.

The expo will be held from Oct 12 to 14. If you happens to be in Kuala Lumpur, it is worth visiting to see his art pieces.

Art Expo Malaysia

Art Expo Malaysia

MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC)

Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah,

50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Teppei Ikehira 池平撤兵

Teppei Ikehira, artist’s official site

Wonderland: teamLab Planets TOKYO

Infinite crystal rays, Koi on water surface, floating balls, falling flowers from the sky.  Stray in urban Wonderland. Lie down on floor and look up flowers falling from the sky. Don’t worry if you feel getting lost. There is a way out!

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The Infinite Crystal Universe – A movie is here

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Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers – take a look at the dreamy flowers from here.

teamLab Planets TOKYO

Term:  July 7, 2018 – Fall 2020

Hours:  9:00 – 24:00 (Last admission 23:00)

Closing Day:  Thursday, September 6, 2018

Address:  teamLab Planets TOKYO, Toyosu 6-1-16, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Meeting with U-die part II

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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.

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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.

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Season’s greetings

May this season bring

lots of joy and love upon the family.

Stay Blessed.

邦楽2.0: “Hogaku 2.0” by Yukihiro ATSUMI

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“The groove of Japanese court music draws the shape of the figure eight “8”, while Jazz groove draws the shape of oval. Storing a sound and put it down.”

Yukihiro ATSUMI, a Japanese guitarist said.

Each type of music has a specific formula, kata (型)in Japanese. ATSUMI has moved his base to Kyoto from Tokyo three years ago, in order to learn and analyze such formula of Japanese court music and he there systemized next generation of Japanese music = “Hogaku 2.0” by hoping that it will be a good entry point for the classics.

The new method of Japanese music generated from “Hogaku 2.0″ is used in his recently released album called “Japanese Guitar Song Book”. The album includes cover songs from the period of Nara, Edo, Meiji, Showa, Heisei and newly composed by Atsumi himself, played only with guitar.

Covered songs collected in the album sound new and original, but nostalgic feeling is attached to it.

How do you find it?

If you are interested in the album, you can download the album from this link.

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His Japanese guitar song book playlist is available on Youtube.

Portrait of ‘Emptiness’

When I saw the painting  I felt like there is another world expanding behind the yellow light and  I could go deeper into it.

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It was at Jun Fukukawa‘s solo exhibition held at Void+ in Aoyama from Oct 7 to 21.  In the gallery, he exhibited only a few selected pieces that portrayed his inspiration from the poem of FUJIWARA no Teika.  The tile of the exhibition was named out of the poem.

“見渡せば花ももみぢもなかりけり浦の苫屋の秋のゆふぐれ”

“There are no flowers or autumn leaves around, but heart moves with sadness when viewing small cottage bathed in autumn sunset”

The poem connotes that even after the beauty falls, there still some kind of beauty exists within the empty loneliness.

Fukukawa interpreted that this poem depicted ‘Shikisokuzeku (色即是空)’, which is a concept of Buddhism meaning that very form in reality is empty. Any forms or visible things won’t stay as they are and changing the form in every second, therefore, the situation that looks empty at one time is not really so. On the contrary, what looks empty is energy that is continuously creating those forms.

Fukukawa was interested in  Teika’s approach in his poem to capture this ’emptiness=eternal truth’ existing in the dualism of two completely different sceneries aesthetic and loneliness. He purposed  to capture the essence and visualize it in his picture by using a composition of small panels.

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198cm x 198 cm sized picture is composed by multiple panels painted firstly with acrylic paint and then repainted with a pastel crayon. Although each panel has a different tone and nuance of yellow colour, after combined, it casted one integrated warm glow. Its calm appearance made me feel embraced and relieved.

If I am asked what wabi-sabi means to me,  I would answer it is like a shadow in mind that one cannot get rid of (This is only my personal interpretation so that please do not take as a general definition). If the shadow is something what Fukukawa portrayed in his picture, I think it would be a great consolation.

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About Jun Fukukawa:

Painter. After graduated from Seijo University, he moved to France in 1991. He made his debut at salon saga découverte 94 at Paris art fair fiac, represented by galarie Alain Veinstein. After 7 years stay in Paris, he returned to Japan. Since then, he has continued his distinguished expression as a painter. He is also active as a saxophone player, mainly collaborating with upcoming Norwegian musicians of improvised music.

If you want to know more about his work, please visit Jun Fukukawa