A scholar-artist collaboration to unravel the horns from mythology to modern society
The Kanagawa Artist-in-Residence Promotion Project, which supports artists who invite artists from Japan and overseas to perform creative activities in Kanagawa Prefecture. This time, we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art of Kasya, which is holding a special exhibition "What the Myths Say Today-Myths of the End and Resurrection of Humanity-" invited by the American painter Yuriko Yamaguchi.
Born in Japan and later moved to the United States, Mr. Yamaguchi has been working as a writer mainly in the United States for 40 years after obtaining a master's degree in plastic arts.
This exhibition will feature 30 paintings created by Yamaguchi in collaboration with Minkeke Schipper (Netherlands), who has been working on intercultural literature for many years. In addition to the public production at the opening, a gallery talk was held with the anthologist Mr. Masao Higashi.
Mr. Eiji Wakae and Mr. Yamaguchi, directors, have deepened their friendship since they happened to meet at a gallery in NY Soho in 1989. We asked these two people about this project.
What was the origin of the project?
I met Mr. Shipper Yamaguchi in 2009 when I stayed at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy for a month to make watercolors. At that time, she focused on the "myths" that remain in various parts of the world. Bellagio CenterI was studying to collect and present myths about floods and disasters in the world.
It's easy to think that myths are a long time ago, but they are full of episodes that are important hints when thinking about today's global environmental issues. Originally, I had a strong interest in the world's connections and "chains", so I was enthusiastic with Sipper. It was a story that "when presenting research results, it was more appealing to people to have visuals attached," and I decided to create each visual individually about the myths she collected. ..
The text and visuals have always been linked, as the Wakae novel has illustrated. However, Yamaguchi's drawings are not as descriptive as the illustrations. It may take a long time to explain "why you got this visual," but it definitely connects with Sipper's text. I hope you can enjoy such a sense of distance.
Yamaguchi: In the end, I got 30 points for this time, but there were quite a few pieces that Sipper smashed. I wasn't convinced, and some works were revived by bringing the original pictures to the Netherlands where Sipper was. I was exchanging things while watching them on the monitor, so I think the impression was different.
This work is different from the art works of Mr. Yamaguchi so far.
We use a synthetic paper called "Yupo" whose main material is Yamaguchi polypropylene. I chose it because I liked the smooth textureHowever, since water does not penetrate, I couldn't paint with watercolor, so I tried using acrylic paint.
Wakae Normally, acrylic paints dry quickly, but Mr. Yamaguchi uses a large amount of water. YUPO does not absorb water, so a unique expression was created by "hanging" the paint on the paper.
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, which is fun (laughs). When you create something, you can't continue without having fun.
It is the first time that the Kasoya Forest Museum of Contemporary Art is displaying all 30 items.
Yamaguchi Yes. After all, it took nearly 10 years, so I can feel deep emotion when I see all the works lined up in this way.
I was watching the story and image of Wakae Shinwa, but some points were replaced during the process. Which work will finally be made in Japan I knew it was going to be exhibited when I unpacked it (laughs).
My best wish is to convey the thoughts of Mr. Shipper Yamaguchi to the viewers.
It would have taken an enormous amount of time to collect and edit myths by Wakae Shipper. But there is a much longer time before I can tell the myth. It is the power of the artist to visualize the continuous mythology with a timely approach. And I think there can be seen warnings for modern society.
The existence of scholars who collect Yamaguchi myths is also important.
Wakae Of course. The works exhibited this time are translations of the "now" era, and one thousand years later, another work may be created. I once again realized that the collaboration between academics and artists is really wonderful.
What Myths Tell Now-Myths of the End and Resurrection of Humanity-
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Artwork by Yuriko Yamaguchi
Venue : Kasoya Forest Contemporary Art Museum
Exhibition period : Until Sunday, December 23
Closed days : Mon, Tue, Wed
Opening Hours : 10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:30)
*During the exhibition period, reservations will be held on November 23 (Fri) and December 2 (Sun), and the general public will be allowed to visit until 12:00.
[Access to the museum]
■ About 15 minutes on foot from Kinugasa Station on the JR Yokosuka Line
■ About 15 minutes by bus to Kinugasa Station, getting off at Shioiri Station on the Keikyu line, about 4 minutes on foot from "Kanaya Bus Stop"
Kasoya Forest Museum of Contemporary ArtThe museum opened in April 1994 as a private museum of contemporary art. Seminars, tea parties, symposiums, centered on ･･･2018.09.20
The museum opened in April 1994 as a private museum of contemporary art. We are holding seminars, tea parties, symposiums, concerts, etc., centering on the solo exhibition of progressive artists so that you can feel more familiar with contemporary art. We are trying to create a space where visitors can spend their time in different ways. Sit back and relax in our tea lounge surrounded by bamboo grove.
In addition to the special exhibitions that are held every 2-3 months, one of the representative post-War artists, Josef Beuys (Germany), who has few opportunities to appreciate in Japan, is centered around Nam Jun Paik, Lee Ufan, etc. The work is on permanent display.
(First picture) Exterior of the museum
(2nd photo) Museum lounge
(3rd photo) Joseph Beuys Permanent Exhibition Room
(4th photo) Nam Jun Paik Permanent Exhibition Room
(5th photo) Lee Ufan Permanent Exhibition Room
AddressKanagawa Prefecture Yokosuka City Hirasaku 7-12-13
Business Hour10:00 to 18:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing) / [Closed] Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday *Exhibit replacement period and year-end and New Year holidays
Parking AreaExistence (there is approximately ten free parking lots)
Average Usage[Admission fee] General ¥600, Student ¥500, Elementary school student ¥300
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