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The person's heart and history are projected

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Kanagawa gallery walk
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Shimo Yamamoto (Galerie Watts)

This time, let's take you to the gallery, where many years have passed, thinking "I want to go!"
It is a gallery in Kamakura called "Gallery Shozan". There are YAMA and UMI in Gallery Shozan, but this time we are going to "UMI Yuyama Yuigahama". As its name suggests, when you get off Kamakura Station, head toward the sea. I will walk for a while, but on a sunny day, the cityscape feels good!

The person's heart and history are projected However, since it was raining on the day I visited, I took a taxi.
Since I was just entering the path, the local taxi driver was surprised that "There was a gallery in such a place", but this is the Western painter Asai Kanemon (1901-1983) A corner of the atelier. It seems that it was a room for the caretaker.

The person's heart and history are projected

The lush green courtyard was suitable for the rain. The building you can see over the courtyard is Akai Kanemon's atelier. It seems that the inside of the house, including the materials collected as art materials, is kept as it was at that time, and is sometimes open to the public.
The works of Kanemon Asai are also in the Museum of Modern Art, Kanagawa. Roses painted with thick oil paint There are quite a few people who have seen the scenery reminiscent of a circus.

The person's heart and history are projected

* I can't stop talking about handiwork with the embroidery artist Hitomi Usutani (right) who is exhibiting works.

“At Gallery Shozan, we introduce old tools related to food, clothing and shelter and the works of contemporary artists,” says owner Kyoyo Watanabe (pictured left), a wonderful person with a unique atmosphere. He is from the design field of a university and is interested in the background of the creation of things.
I love fabrics, especially those in Central Asia such as Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
“The cloth has the texture of the land, the patterns and embroidery of the people, and I feel that the depth is interesting.”
Is that why? It seems that there are many exhibitions by cloth artists here. At the time of my visit, Hitomi Usutani's "Poetry Exhibition" was being held.

The person's heart and history are projected

The main embroidery motif by Hitomi Usutani is letters.
“When I looked at the Hebrew Bible, it looked like a beautiful pattern and I wanted to sew it!”
Mr. Hitomi who originally likes reading and also writes the lyrics himself. Called the Queen of Punk and spelled out as a poet, Patty Smith and the knack for the beat generation novelist Jack Kerouac are more uplifting.
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“When I'm depressed, reading a poem seems to help me with the words, so I can help. So, spelling a needle or a needle might represent something somewhere in my heart. Maybe"
I felt a sense of rhythm and a pleasant impression by being connected like a symbol or a little at random through Hitomi, rather than neat letters.

The person's heart and history are projected White embroidery is also attractive. In particular, the work in which the root of a large tree was sewn on silk cloth with silk thread looked like it was spelled with beads, and the beauty was enhanced.

The person's heart and history are projected

On the chair is a work still in progress. A needle stick of a rat made of felt beside him. "This mouse has always been my buddy."

"What is right for me? What is living like me?"
Mr. Hitomi says he tried various handicrafts such as glass crafts, weaving, dyeing, but none of them lasted for a long time, but since the sashimi I was stabbed from elementary school for the longest time, ``Oh, this is it. It's just me," he said.

The person's heart and history are projected

Prickly stabThe small arts we did had their own presence.
To tell the truth, Mr. Hitomi, who was brought to the Gallery Shozan by a dyeing mother since he was a junior high school student.
Watanabe-san told Hitomi-san, "make whatever you want to make."

"It might be better to sell it in the form. But without thinking about extra things, I just keep on tingling as I want. By doing so, I feel that person."

The person's heart and history are projected

The embroidery of Hitomi who looked like a snow queen was added to this year's Christmas display.

It seems that the embroidered Sanskrit word is "as it is".

It's strangely my theme for next year.

(Interviewed on December 12, 2019)

<<Gallery Information>>
UMI Yuyama Yuigahama
4-3-14 Yuigahama, Kamakura City
TEL: 0467-55-5999
Opening hours: 11:00-17:00 Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (There are irregular holidays)

▶︎15 minutes walk from JR Kamakura Station

  • UMI Yuyama Yuigahama

A gallery that uses a corner of the atelier of Aoi Kanemon (1901-1983), a Western artist.
“I think what you can see in your hand is natural light.”

  • Address
    4-3-14 Yuigahama, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • TEL
  • Business Hour
    11:00-17:00 Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (There are irregular holidays)