Vol. 41 monochrome

Last week I was trying to explore different side of what I think one of the “Cool Japan” is. When it comes to think about the image that “Cool Japan” broadcasts, a lot of them are awesome enough to let the world know about and I personally want you folks to enjoy and discover about those entities. However, Those types of entity have certain stigma attached to it that even us being Japanese wonder that it is really cool side of Japan or not. The definition of “Cool Japan” can be vague and probably you folks think of various types depend on your personal preference but I would like to present as this way, we are islanders so a lot of what we do is coming from outside, we do in a way that remix all those cultural legacies from outside to elevate them with modern detailing, improvements in quality and also appreciate what you folks have been influencing for us. It may sound a little weird to say that not only us capable of doing that but as a born-and-raised Japanese myself, I would like to broadcast what you folks enable us to do and let you know what we have achieved and hopefully we would like to attract you guys as well as giving back.
So I went to see couple exhibitions to tell you an artsy side of Japan.
This time, “monochrome

 

monochrome”, organized by HHH gallery, curated by one of the giants in his art scene “USUGROW”, featuring these 8 artists including Mike Giant and Aaron Horkey, The rest of these 6 Japanese made their way to show their true art pieces with these honorable dudes from U.S. As the title stated, their black and white, utilizing untouched white canvas space not as blank, but rather as to depict their space and color with their technique of drawing, they allow themselves to create detailed and complex monochrome state-of-the-art.

 

SHOHEI

Surprised enough for me that he is a son of Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of AKIRA. Created by ballpoint pen to depict modern-day controversial manners and customs of Japan.

 

TOSHIKAZU NOZAKA

Ex pro-skateboarder in Japan as well as tattoo artist, owner of skateboard brand Asianwave skates. His projected idea of Japanese tradition and spirituality is depicted with his art.

 

KYOTARO

Pencil drawings, KYOTARO (I was misguided that he was SHE!!) spiritual message have been broadcasted through her artwork from her creativity.

 

SADAM

SADAM renders everyday skateboarding life and nature scene in pen and ink drawings. The shark painting was my favorite so far!

 

OZABU

Intertwined elements of fashion and Japanese culture, created with mechanical pencil to depict jet-black euphoria.

 

USUGROW

Detailed illustrations using technical pens, the curator of this gallery, USUGROW enable these Japanese artist to get together to have this amazing exhibition.

 

 

 

“In an age where the art world overflows with an abundance of art styles, their traditional approaches to craftsmanship stand out, providing a sense of relief and freshness to viewers who may otherwise find themselves lost in the massive sea of choices.”

 

Each one of them differentiates themselves by their traditional approach to artisan. With their ignorance of tech-oriented method, those simple tools that they use definitely enable them to stand out more than any photoshopped, computer-illustrated arts for sure. Their exhibition will end in July 12 so for those who are in Japan may let yourselves have a look at their place to see what they has to offer.

 

久しぶりにギャラリーに出向き、以前から気になっていたアーティスト達の作品を見に行った。個人的にはアートにはそこまで精通してはいないが、彼らの作品が持つ繊細さ、反抗心、カルチャーに根付いた志には本当に感動した。芸術の才能は筆者には無いが、アートに敬意を示すことに何も抵抗を感じない。彼らがもっと様々な人に知られることを願う。

 

やはり、個人的に印象ではあるが大きなくくりで打ち出している“クールジャパン”というものにどうしても違和感を感じる時がある。漫画やアニメ、伝統的な文化や慣習などどれも素晴らしいとは感じるし、まだまだ筆者も知らないことはたくさんあるがどれもどうもしっくりこない。自身で打ち出す“クールジャパン”を表現していきたいと思う

Copyright (C) HHH Gallery, SHOHEI, KYOTARO, TOSHIKAZU NOZAKA, OZABU, SADAM, USUGROW, All Rights Reserved.

 

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