Kanagawa Gallery Walk
( Shino Yamamoto / Galerie Watts)
I received a DM of a colorful stole that looks like winter will be fun.
The artist is Fuminori Ono, a textile artist living in Tokyo.
When Galerie Watts, where I work, opened (20 years ago), she would come to visit us from time to time.
And the sender is Gallery Tiptoe in Hayama.
The gallery moved from Takarazuka to Hayama 10 years ago. Before opening the Takarazuka gallery, the owner, Kayoko Iwata, often visited Watts and talked about her dream of starting a gallery someday. It was
I was surprised that these two were connected, and I felt nostalgic, so I immediately went to Hayama to see them!
From Zushi Station, take a bus bound for Hayama, get off at Kazahayabashi, and walk towards the residential area. There are quite a few houses with kayaks in front of the eaves, as expected of a sea town. Somehow, the road markings are also fashionable.
(It's the first time I've seen it, so I checked it out, and it seems that it's visually three-dimensional, so it leads to speed control.)
Gallery Tiptoe is a house with a blue door.
We deal with items by artists who enjoy living, such as clothes, objects, mainly tableware.
Just in the middle of the opening party, delicious-looking dishes are lined up. The catering this time is by the chef of Zushi's wine shop "a day", which has many fans, and while incorporating Hayama's seafood and Kamakura vegetables, it is a dish that is sprinkled with colorful colors like Mr. Ono's work. bottom.
At Tiptoe, each time the menu is designed according to the nuances of the exhibition.
"Of course, it's delicious, but it also gives me great joy when elderly customers who live alone say, 'I'm looking forward to eating in a warm atmosphere,'" says Iwata.
The table coordination using ceramics, glass, lacquer, and other ceramics by the artists who have exhibited here is also beautiful.
“I choose tableware for a party thinking that it would be nice if it would be a little stimulating to the sensibilities of both the customer and the artist.
After graduating from Tokyo Zokei University's Design Department and Musashino Art University's Graduate School of Art and Design, Mr. Ono, who plays the leading role, got a job at Issey Miyake. It is said that he was further exposed to the fun and possibilities of textiles there.
From the details of the POP shirt, tie, and jacket he was wearing, I could see the high sense of a textile lover.
Mr. Ono, who independently creates art works using paper and textiles as materials, also works on things to wear.
Mr. Iwata was fascinated by his work and received an offer about ten years ago.
Scarves and stoles made from dyed wool or silk and combined with fulled felt give lightness to winter fashion, which tends to be dark in tone.
When you wear it, you can feel the gorgeousness that is not only in color, but it is probably because Mr. Ono, a sculptor, has a unique playfulness.
“Mr. Iwata likes roses, so he used to grow them in his garden. At first, he made requests such as ‘with the nuances of a rose’. Right now, I'm told to 'do whatever you like,' and I'm allowed to play freely."
The creations born from the relationship of trust between artists and galleries are, after all, what attracts customers. It was crowded with customers who had been looking forward to it since the DM arrived.
The coat that was exhibited this time, in which colorful yarns are confined in a mesh, has the impact of an abstract painting.
"I can't sew, so when I make clothes, I leave it to my friends who I trust," says Ono. While listening to the story, I was surprised to discover that the person was my friend! It's a small world (laughs).
Amazingly, since Tiptoe moved to Hayama, they have been making a book that summarizes each artist's solo exhibition as a record. The photographer who was visiting for Mr. Ono's 4th book is also an acquaintance of mine, and I met a familiar face again!
Shoji Sato, a photographer, has lived in Hayama for 15 years. Participating in the long-running Hayama Art Festival (co-sponsored with Hayama ART WALK since 2018), it is exciting local cultural and art projects.
Mr. Sato was introduced to Mr. Iwata a long time ago, and Mr. Iwata decided to move to Hayama.
It was a happy moment to look back on the history of Watts in the overlap of this relationship that appears one after another.
And what I brought home was a vivid dot muffler. I am immediately adopting it as an accent color for autumn and winter fashion.
People I met praised me for its "beautiful color", and this muffler acted as a mediator for communication. The relationship that spreads from there is also fun! is not it.
Fuminori Ono's exhibition will be held until December 16th (Sun).
1422-10 Horiuchi, Hayama Town, Miura District, Kanagawa Prefecture
*Opening days: Basically open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Open during special exhibitions. (Reservations required for visitors on Sundays)
▶︎Bus from JR Zushi Station (Platform 1 and 2) / Bus from Keikyu Shin-Zushi Station (Platform 1)
Get off at "Kazehayabashi". 3 minutes on foot