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Art & Photography
2018.07.27

Contemporary Art Writers Talk!

"Monet 100 years from it"
Artist Talk

"Monet 100 years from now" has opened at the Yokohama Museum of Art. Claude Monet (1840-1926) is one of the most popular painters in Japan. This exhibition is an attempt to display 25 paintings by Monet and 66 by 26 artists from later generations in a single process, and to highlight the connection between the two.
On the opening day of July 14 (Saturday), an artist talk by two exhibitors and a curator was held at the in-house circular forum.


There are two artists here.

Mizuno Katsunori (My Tsunonori )
Born in Mie Prefecture in 1982. Graduated from Nagoya University of Art and Design University Art Course General Art Course in 2005. Graduated from Kyoto City University of Art Graduate School in 2008. Major recent exhibitions include "Lightscape" (Aichi Prefectural Art Museum, 2011), "reflections" ("MOVING 2015" Kyoto Art Center, 2015), and "non-fiction" (GALLERY CAPTION, 2016). "Water scene-from Monet, from the grandview to the present day" (Yokohama Museum of Art, 2007) exhibition.

Katsutoshi Yuasa Tsuyoshi)
Born in Tokyo in 1978. Graduated from 2002 Musashino Art University oil painting department (printing course). She graduated from the Royal College of Art Master's Program in 2005. Major solo exhibitions in recent years, "The natural movements of the soul are all governed by the law of gravity similar to the law of gravity in matter" (YUKI-SIS, 2017), "Sky, wind, scenery" (MYD Gallery, 2018) Year), “Trace of Time in Thought” (Northern Print, 2018), etc. Exhibited "Nippon woodcuts of fascination" (Yokohama Museum of Art, 2014).


The first half started with a lecture where artists introduced their own creative activities.

Mr. Mizuno started his creative activity by photographing the scenery he encounters on a daily basis as if he sketched it with a video camera. I was interested in the "virtual image" that appears on the water from the beginning, and I have created works to fix the video camera and observe at a fixed point.
When the screen changes from 4: 3 to 16: 9 high-definition while referring to the fact that the production and exhibition of the work is influenced by the advancement of technology due to the nature of a video artist, "This is reminiscent of Japanese paintings It's an image of the angle of view. "
Mr. Mizuno was strongly attracted to Monet's work when he saw the "Water Lilies" exhibited at Naoshima Underground Museum. Being confronted with the work in a white, simple space with natural light falling, the way the appearance of the work shakes with the change of time and light falls into the habit of "Monet wanted to do this", "I can not do it myself I wondered, "he said.
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Mr. Yuasa is a print artist who has been creative in many countries around the world, having studied abroad in London after graduating from Art University. When making large works, he does not use a press, but he always caresses to work on engraving wood one after another and printing one plate at a time using valen.
The image taken as a picture is carved on a woodblock, and the color changes little by little while imagining the change with time, and the work which is overprinted makes you feel something that leads to the world of Monet.
"I go to various places, see the scenery, shoot, and make works. Sometimes it's bothersome to go out (laughs), but if I can not go out to various places, I can not make a work. “Even if the location changes, the method does not change, but something may need to be changed in yourself.”


The second half was a talk by the lead curator Shintaro Matsunaga.

Matsunaga This time, we received a new item from the keyword "Monet", but do you feel that there is something like "relevancy" between your own creation and Monet. Please give us your frank impression when you visit the exhibition hall.

Mizuno In this case, I tried to use a voice guide, which was unusual for me, but it was a harvest that I was able to know the story of Monet's life. Monet was attracted by the scene he happened to encounter, and he seemed to work on the series in many places where he liked it, but I thought, "I am the same." Monet's way of thinking feels more like a photographer or filmmaker than a painter. Instead of drawing the actual scenery realistically, you might have tried to express the information that was captured as visual.

> Matsunaga The media called "Video" was born in 1895. Monet pursued the expression of time in the medium of "painting", which may have led to a series of works from the 1880s. Can you represent the transition of time and the change of color by the painting? While pursuing a new medium of film appearance, without using it, I expressed the motif of water lily, conscious of the temporal experience inscribed in our physical senses. Seeing Monet's work may be similar to watching a large screen image.

Yuasa Paris is not good because there are many people (laughs), but only I liked only the Orangerie Museum. As you all know, it is an art museum created to display the large decorative paintings of "Water Lily". When I looked at "Waterlilies" here, I felt that this was more like an installation than a plane. The space itself is art, and it is a very favorite place.
Since I also want to stick to the plane, I can agree with the world of Monet who pursued the plane.

Matsunaga In this exhibition, I took a method called "Monet vs. Contemporary Writers" to link the relationships between writers on a one-on-one basis. When I visited the venue again, I noticed that it wasn't Monet, but a way of enjoying connecting and comparing the works of contemporary artists. So I would like to ask two people the impression of each other's work.
The two have a common technique to create colors by mixing RGB, the three primary colors red, green and blue. Media is different for print and video, but what about thinking about creating an image in the same process?

0000ff; "> Yuasa Certainly, I think that there is something in common, printmaking and photography have the same origin, and as media, they are in the same family tree. The difference is that you can not change the size of a print once it is decided that photos and videos need to be adjusted but you can change the size using a screen or monitor, but the print If you want to make a 10 meter work, you have to carve 10 meters, if it is big it will take a minute, and the process itself, the time itself, feels important to you.
On the other hand, I think that the film is a work that is strongly related to time, as I go to the site and make preparations before shooting.

When I saw a print work called "RGB" using a light box by Yuno Mizuno , I remembered that "an old LCD TV was like this." It is interesting as a phenomenon. Human eyes have high ability to process information, so they try to link things that they have seen before. As I am a video artist, I probably saw it on an LCD TV.

Matsunaga I noticed again that both of you started with monotone works. This time, it was a cut to highlight the connection with "color painter, Monet", but what kind of transition of the creation was that the color of the two works was colored.

Yuasa I was not very good at using colors, and at first I did not know how to use them. I think that I can do it by deciding the rules and deciding the wayI tried to use the "CMYK" of The idea was good, but it is quite difficult to do it with aqueous woodcuts. Inkjet digital printers have determined the color of the ink, but aqueous woodcuts must be formulated with their own color. It took a long time to verify how much concentration should be used. But by establishing that method, I finally got colored. Do you feel that the curse has been broken?

Mizuno I still prefer monochrome to color. The video we are usually looking at is color, but we have replaced it with monochrome, that is, the video without the extra information is the first monochrome work we made. Since I am taking reflection, I was interested in the impression that the virtual image looks like a real image by removing the extra information.
However, if I make it in monochrome all the time, I get bored, or it becomes monotonous. In order to break it down, I began to make color works.

Matsunaga At this exhibition, I think I was able to express diversity. When you look at contemporary art, you may think that "I can understand this" or "I can't get stuck". However, it is natural that there is diversity due to personal sense, and that is the world of art. Allow multi-faceted views, differentI think it is also the role of the museum to present the existence of a point of view. That is what I wanted to present in the catch phrase "I'll Find a New Monet" at this exhibition, so please be sure to find "Your Monet" in the wake of this exhibition.

Thank you for today.

"Information for the next artist talk"

Date July 29 (Sun) 14:00-15:30 * Opening 13:30
Venue Yokohama Museum of Art Round Forum
Todan artist Koishi Ono, Mao Kodama
Interviewer Shintaro Matsunaga (Yokohama Museum of Art Chief Curator)
Capacity 80 people (no advance application required, first-come-first-served basis)
Participation fee Free

Monet 100 years from that
Period: Until September 24, 2018 (Mon. · Recession)
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art
Closed days: Thursday (open on August 16)
Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00 * September 14 (Fri), 15 (Sat) until 20:30
(Up to 30 minutes before closing)