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A collaboration between a scholar and an artist that deciphers the myth from the myth to modern society

Kanagawa artist in residence promotion project that invites artists from inside and outside Japan and supports organizations that perform creative activities in Kanagawa Prefecture. This time, I visited the Kasuya Forest Museum of Contemporary Art, which is holding a project exhibition “What Myth Talks Today – The End of Humanity and the Myth of Resurrection”, which invites painter Yuriko Yamaguchi, who lives in the United States.

Mr. Yamaguchi, who was born in Japan and later traveled to the United States, has continued to work for the United States for more than 40 years after earning a master's degree in plastic arts.
At this exhibition, he exhibited 30 pictures created by Mr. Yamaguchi in collaboration with Mr. Minke Sipper (Netherlands) who has been engaged in intercultural literature research for many years. In addition to making a public presentation at the opening, a gallery talk with anthropologist Masao Azuma was also held.
The director-in-chief Eisuke Wakae and Mr. Yamaguchi seem to have deepened their friendship since meeting by chance at a gallery in NY Soho in 1989. I asked these two people about this project.

What is the beginning of the project?

I met Yamaguchi Shipper in 2009 when I was staying at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy for a month and producing watercolors. At that time, she focused on the "myths" that remain around the world. Everywhere in Bellagio CenterResearch to collect and announce myths about floods and disasters.
It is easy to think that myths are from a long time ago, but there are many episodes that can be important tips when considering today's global environmental issues. Originally I had a strong interest in the connections and "chains" of the world, so I met with Mr. Shipper. "When presenting the research results, people who have visuals attached have more power to appeal to people," and I will create visuals one by one about the myths collected by her. .

As the Wakae novel has illustrations, text and visuals have always been linked. However, the picture of Mr. Yamaguchi is not as descriptive as the illustration. It may be lengthy to explain "Why did you get this visual?" But it is definitely connected to Mr. Shipper's text. I hope you will enjoy such a sense of distance.

Yamaguchi: Finally, it was 30 points this time, but there was also a lot of works made by Mr. Shipper. I can not be convinced, there is also a work that has been resurrected by taking the original to the Netherlands where Mr. Shipper is present. As we were exchanging while looking at the monitor, the impression might have been different.

This time's work is different from the work of Mr. Yamaguchi so far

I use synthetic paper called "Yupo" that is mainly made of Yamaguchi polypropylene. I chose it because I liked the smooth textureHowever, I could not draw with watercolor because water did not penetrate, so I used acrylic paint.

Wakae Normally, acrylic paint dries quickly, but Mr. Yamaguchi uses a large amount of water mixed. Yupo does not absorb water, so "dropping" the paint on the paper created a unique expression.

Yamaguchi This is the first technique I tried in this project. I can't control the combination of Yupo and acrylic paint, and I get unexpected results, so it's fun (laughs). When you create things, you can not continue without having fun.

It is the first time for the Kasuya Mori Contemporary Art Museum to be displayed at all 30 points

I see Yamaguchi . After all, it took nearly 10 years, so when you look at all the works in this way, you find it awful.

I was looking at the story and image of Wakae mythology, but some points were replaced along the way. In the end which works in Japan It was when I unpacked the package that I knew what to exhibit (laughs).

The best hope is that Mr. Yamaguchi Shipper's thoughts should be transmitted to the viewer.

Wakae Shipper would have taken a lot of time to collect and edit myths. However, it takes a long time before myth comes true. It is the artist's power to visualize the long-lasting and continuing myths in a timely manner. And I think I can see the warning to the modern society there.

The presence of scholars who collect Yamaguchi myths is also important.

Wakae, of course. The works on display this time are translations of the “now” era, and after millennia work of another aspect may be born again. I thought once again that collaboration between the learner and the artist is really great.

What Myth Describes Now-Myth of the End and Resurrection of Humanity-
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Artwork Yuriko Yamaguchi

Venue : Kasuya no Mori Contemporary Art Museum
Period : Until December 23 (Sun)
Closed days : Mon, Tue, Wednesday
Opening hours : 10: 00-18: 00 (until 17:30)
* During the exhibition period, November 23 (Fri) and December 2 (Sun) will be open until 12 o'clock for the general public to hold a reservation system event.

[Access to the Art Museum]
■ About 15 minutes on foot from JR Yokosuka Line Kinuta Station
■ It is approximately 15 minutes by bus for Keihin Kyuko Line Karin Station, and to Kinaba Station "Kanaya bus stop" getting off approximately 4 minutes

    The museum opened in April 1994 as a private contemporary art museum. We hold seminars, tea ceremony, symposia, concerts, etc., focusing on solo exhibitions by progressive artists, so that you can feel the familiar contemporary art more familiar. We try to create a space where visitors can spend their time in their own way. Stay away from everyday life and relax in the tea lounge surrounded by bamboo groves.

    In addition to planning exhibitions held every two to three months, one of the leading postwar artists who have little opportunity to admire in the country, such as Nam June Pike, Li Wei, etc., focusing on the collection of Joseph Boise (Germany) The works are on permanent display.

    (Photo 1) The museum exterior
    (Photo 2) Museum Lounge
    (Photo 3) Josef Voice Permanent Exhibition Room
    (Photo 4) Nam Jun Pike Permanent Exhibition Room
    (Photo 5) Lee Jae permanent exhibition room

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      Kasuya no Mori Contemporary Art Museum
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      Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, 7-12-13
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      10:00 to 18:00 (entrance is closed 30 minutes before) / [Closed day] every month, Tuesday, Wednesday ※ display change period, and the year-end and New Year holidays
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      Yes (there are about 10 free parking lots)
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      【Entry fee】 General ¥ 600, Student ¥ 500, Primary school student ¥ 300