Freedom! Sur! Straight ball! Kuka world full of individuality
Kanagawa gallery walk
File.9 GALLERY COOCA
Shimoto Yamamoto (Galerie Watts)
A colorful and cute picture in the flyer I just saw. On a light blue background, sea creatures 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 district at the west exit of Hiratsuka Station, what's going on! A building like a movie set at a wide intersection. “Cool!” I was instinctively the destination here.
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 because a clear black line and a picture composed of well-painted colors make a single everyday scene feel 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 Kuko's director, Momoko Kitazawa. “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. However, observe this back view carefully. I think I am drawing a shape that left an impression on me. ''
A heart of a wide range of ages Ms. Justine-san's cute drawings are also used in corporate designs such as cosmetic packaging and T-shirts.
By the way, in the corner of the gallery, there is a corner where artists can work, and today the drawing paper and paints are spread out.
Suddenly, a man appeared, saying, "I'm sorry!" Speaking in speed without stumbling ends with a powerful word, "Your wishes will definitely be fulfilled!", And it makes you almost say "Yes! Please!"
He is Taro Ito, the pen name, Taro Tsuji. After all it is one of the artists of Kuka. Taro Tsuji is good at memorizing and making a lot of the 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 people who create a lot of beautiful women by sticking models and actress pin-ups 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 was a little fashionable in the sandwich again.
If I thought that it was because of the design ability that the staff of Kuka would suggest, it seems that there are many staff 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 wonderful personality that people around us didn't pay attention to,” says Kitazawa.
As with anyone with or without a handicap, attention to one's personality leads 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 “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 you that "I am good at a picture-story show that uses different voices by one person alone!" 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 about 100 people who are currently attending the school so that they can be connected to society and that people living and art-related relationships can be enriched beyond obstacles. I will.
When I was in Kuka, I wondered why it felt so good.
All the expressions are straightforward, and the individuality of each is exuding. The persuasive power of plain expression . There is no reason or need for it. I enjoyed the impact of seeing the power of art.
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14-8 Akashi-cho, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, 213-0032, Japan
Opening day: Confirm on site
▶ ︎10 minutes walk from JR Hiratsuka station
<< Exhibition information >>
■ kitpas 100 people exhibition
(2 people from studioCOOCA exhibit)
Venue: Shibuya "Pan-O-Sreel"
Dates: Wednesday, August 21, 2019-Saturday, September 7, 8: 00-20: 00 (closed on Sundays and Mondays, until 17:00 on the last day)
■ Yuri Nishimura / Soichiro Shimizu / Kohei Kaname Exhibition
Venue: GALLERY COOCA
Dates: Tuesday, September 3, 2019-Wednesday, September 18, 10: 30-15: 30
■ Contemporary Outsider Art Real-Beyond Contemporary Art-
(4 people from studioCOOCAIs an exhibitor)
Venue: GYRE GALLERY GYRE 3F (5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019-Sunday, October 27, 11: 00-20: 00
Sponsor: Arts and Creative Mind
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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