Kanagawa Prefecture Artist-in-Residence Promotion Project that invites artists from domestic and foreign countries and supports organizations that do creative activities in Kanagawa Prefecture. This time I visited the Kasuya Forest Museum of Contemporary Art which is hosting a plan exhibition invited by Yuriko Yamaguchi, a painter living in the United States "What myth talks about – the myth of the human end and the resurrection".
Mr. Yamaguchi who was born in Japan and later went to the USA has continued his artistic work mainly in America for over 40 years after acquiring a master's degree in shaping arts.
This exhibition features 30 paintings produced by Mr. Yamaguchi in collaboration with Mr. Minekki Shipper (Netherlands) who has worked on intercultural literature for many years. In addition to conducting open production at the opening, gallery · talk with anthologist Masao Higashi was also held.
Director Mr. Ryou Wakae and Mr. Yamaguchi seem to have deepened their friends since they came across in the gallery of NY Soho in 1989. I asked such two people about this project.
What is the origin of the project?
Meeting with Yamaguchi Shipper was in 2009 when I was staying at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy for a month and I was creating a watercolor painting. At that time, she focused on "myths" remaining around the world. In Bellagio Center Hongyu all overI was studying to gather and present myths on water and disasters.
I tend to believe that myths are far away, but there are plenty of episodes that are important hints when thinking about today's global environmental problems and others. Originally I was keenly concerned about the connection and the "chain" of the world, so I feel confident with Shipper. "In announcing the research results, it is more powerful that people with accompanying visuals appeal to people", and I was to create visuals one by one on the myths she gathered .
As there are illustrations in Wakae novels, text and visuals have long been connected. However, Mr. Yamaguchi's picture is not descriptive like an illustration. If you explain "Why did you become this visual", it might be long, but it definitely connects with Shipper's text. I hope that you can enjoy such a sense of distance.
Yamaguchi I finally got 30 points this time, but there were quite a few works that were made by Shipper. I can not accept it, there are works which resurrected by having taken an original picture until Netherlands where Shipper is. I was interacting while watching on the monitor, so it seems that the impression was different.
The paintings of this time's work are different from those of Mr. Yamaguchi's work so far
Yamaguchi We use synthetic paper called "Yupo" which is mainly made of polypropylene. I liked the slippery touch and chose it, but the waterI did not penetrate so I could not draw with watercolor, I tried using acrylic paint.
Wakae Normal, acrylic paint dries quickly, but Mr. Yamaguchi uses a lot of water mixed. Since Yupo does not absorb moisture, a unique expression was born by "hanging" the paint on paper.
Yamaguchi This is the technique I tried for the first time in this project. I can not control the combination of Yupo and acrylic paint, which is unexpected, so it's fun (laugh). When you create something, you can not continue unless it is fun.
It is the first time the Kasuya Forest Museum of Contemporary Art is exhibited with all 30 items together
Yamaguchi That's right. After all it took almost ten years, so when you look at all the works lined up, there are some emotional things.
I saw the story and image image of Wakae myths, but some of them were swapped on the way. Finally I knew which works will be exhibited in JapanIt was when I unpacked it (laugh).
It is the best wishes that Yamaguchi Shipper's thought should be conveyed to the viewer.
Wakae Shipper would have took a huge amount of time to collect and edit myths. But, it takes a lot of time before myths are made. It is the power of artists to visualize the myths that have been continuous with the cotton in an era in line with the times. And I think that we can also see warnings to modern society.
The existence of scholars who collect Yamaguchi myths is also important.
Wakae Of course. The work being exhibited this time is the translation of the era of "now", a thousand years later another work of a different aspect may be born. I thought once again that collaboration between academics and artists is truly wonderful.
What myths talk about now – Myths of the end of mankind and resurrection –
essayAnd selection myths Minekes · sipper
Artwork Yuriko Yamaguchi
Venue : Kasuya no Mori Contemporary Art Museum
Period : until December 23 (Sun)
Closed : Mon, Tue, Wednesday
Opening hours : 10: 00 ~ 18: 00 (Admission is until 17:30)
* During the exhibition, 11/23 (Friday) and 12/2 (Sunday) will be held until 12 o'clock for the general public with holding reservation event.
[Access to the museum]
■ About 15 minutes on foot from Kinugasa Station on JR Yokosuka Line
■ Get off at Keihin Kyuko Shiodome Station and get off at Kinugasa station for about 15 minutes. Get off at "Kanaya bus stop" 4 minutes on foot