Freedom! Sur! Straight ball! Kuka world full of individuality
Kanagawa gallery walk
File.9 GALLERY COOCA
Shimo Yamamoto (Galerie Watts)
A colorful and cute picture in the flyer I saw. On a light blue background, the creatures of the sea are drawn around the mysterious woman. "Hmm? I had a look at a free summer vacation assignment," suddenly recalled memories from a long time ago, and I was drawn to the picture that seemed like a modern version of Sea Monkey, and I wanted to see the real thing. .. GALLERY COOCA in Hiratsuka is the first time to see the venue.
When you pass through the shopping street at the west exit of Hiratsuka Station, what's going on! A building like a movie set at a wide intersection. "Cool!" The one that came out of my mouth was the destination.
Entering the retro entrance, you will find a rustic and modern fashionable cafe. The back is a counter.
The gallery space is on the other side of the white panel. There were light paintings that drew me here.
This author is Justine Ikeda. Her work always includes English sentences, which are everyday events and memories. It's strange that a plain black line and a picture composed of well-painted colors make a single everyday scene very poetic.
And the color combinations are fun and tickling.
“I like rainbow colors, so I often use seven colors. It gives me energy,” says Justine.
“This bird in the back is a rare nuance for Justine,” explained Ms. Momoko Kitazawa, director of Kuka. “People and creatures with round outlines and simple faces often appear in her characteristic pattern. I feel like drawing things that come to my mind without hesitation. But this rear view is closely observed. I think I am drawing a shape that left an impression.''
Hearts of a wide age Mr. Justine's cute drawing is also used in corporate designs such as cosmetics packaging and T-shirts.
Now, in the corner of the gallery, there is a corner where artists can work, and the drawing paper and paints are spread out today.
Suddenly, a man appeared, saying "I'm sorry!", and the fluent oral sales began, saying, "I will explain "Tsujitaro Shoufu Kumade" from now on." Speaking at speed without stumbling ends with a powerful word, "Your wishes will definitely be fulfilled!", and you will instinctively say "Yes! Please!" (laughs).
He is Taro Ito, the pen name of Taro Tsuji. After all it is one of the artists of Kuka. Taro Tsuji is good at memorizing and making many same things.
Also such a big version of Kumade. It is a big deal because an IT company says that there is an order at the end of the year.
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There are many other unique artists such as those who create a lot of beautiful women by sticking models and actress pinups on the desk wall, people who make weak solids with a loose mood, people who are good at performance, and so on. It is said that you belong to.
“Kuka is an atelier for handicapped people,” says Kitazawa.
"Here, we aim to be able to work and play an active part in what the person wants to do and what he is good at."
People who are good at cooking are active in cafes. "At first, it was just a sandwich, but there are individual differences in how to apply the sauce. I found it difficult to unify with everyone, so I added pancakes that are easy to make with the same grams to the menu."
After all, the flag of the picture of the Kuka artist is a little fashionable in the sandwich again.
If I thought that it was because of the design ability that Kuka staff put out, it seems that there are many staff members including Mr. Kitazawa from art college and design field.
Mr. Kitazawa and his staff at Kuka think that there are more places to connect with society, such as design licenses, puppet shows, and live performances.
*Justine in the middle, Kitazawa second from the right
“We, Kuka staff, are good at finding and bringing out interesting and unique personalities that people around us didn't pay attention to,” says Kitazawa.
As with anyone with or without a handicap, focusing on your personality can lead to self-affirmation. Sayaka Yokomizo, who was not good at communicating with others, won the grand prize in the handmade picture book contest sponsored by Zushi City in 2007. From there, his heart gradually opened up, and in 2017 he was appointed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a "Special Support Ambassador for the Promotion of Lifelong Education for People with Disabilities."
There are so many characters in Yokomizo's works that you can convince yourself that "I am good at a picture-story show that uses different voices by one person." Since it is also displayed on the underground passage of Hiratsuka Station, it is a Burari Sanpo route. Don't miss it.
Its predecessor was a welfare facility established in 1992. The gallery department that was in it became independent in 2009, and Gallery Kuka was born. Kitazawa-san and his colleagues continue to disseminate the works of all about 100 people who are currently attending the school to society and to enhance the lives and relationships between people and art beyond obstacles. I will.
When I was in Kuka, I wondered why it felt so good.
All the expressions are straight, and the individuality of each is exuding. The persuasive power of the expressive power. There is no reason or need for it. I enjoyed the impact of seeing the power of art.
14-8 Akashi-cho, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 213-0032, Japan
Opening date: Confirm on site
▶︎10 minutes walk from JR Hiratsuka station
At Gallery Kuka & Cafe, an exhibition of works by studio COOCA artists and local artists is held.
The staff with handicap participates in the shop making at their own strengths.
For coffee at the cafe, beans are ground with a hand mill for each order. We plan various events so that you can use it as a place for cultural exchanges for everyone in the city.
Address14-8 Akashi-cho, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Business Hour10:30 ~ 15:30 * Irregular holidays
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