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Beautiful appearance Quiet strength

美しい佇まい 静かなる力強さ

Kanagawa Gallery Walk
File.8 special source
Shino Yamamoto (Galerie Watts)

I like the word "appearance". When you touch the atmosphere that things give off, such as the definite presence in the tranquility and the sex appeal that they exude, you will sigh and say, "Ah, that's wonderful."
I admire beautiful people who have a strong presence but can hide their presence when a group of people are gathered.

A few years ago, when I first saw Morrison Kobayashi's wood carving work, I felt that kind of atmosphere.

I was shocked and delighted that Mr. Morrison's atelier was so close to my home!
There, Chiyo Takasato, Daisuke Nakamura and three people presided over "special source". Each writer activity, interior design and construction.

*From the left, Mr. Morrison Kobayashi, Mr. Daisuke Nakamura, and Ms. Chiyo Takasato

From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Morrison was in charge of store design at interior design company IDÉE. In addition to antiques, IDÉE was a pioneer in modern interiors and miscellaneous goods from overseas, as well as proposals for living with plants. . It overlapped when Mr. Morrison was enrolled, but it was a treasure trove of stimulation, and I still remember that excitement.

“I have always liked the sculptures of Mr. Yasutake Funakoshi, but the reason I started carving wood was in 2008, when I saw Hideki Maekawa’s exhibition called “Water Source”,” says Morrison.
Mr. Maekawa is an artist I know very well, but he is an artist who spins the words that are born in himself and expresses stories reminiscent of myths in statues. to

“While I was busy with interior work, I actually started to lose my hearing in my 30s, and I was worried that I would not be able to communicate. In that case, I thought that the work would speak for me.”

Mr. Morrison started working independently as an artist.
The first piece he carved was a ballerina that Takasato, who was active as an accessory artist, used as a display when he held a ballet-themed exhibition. The ballerina who was carefully brought out from the back and showed me had a calm and transparent appearance.

Mr. Morrison said that he continued to carve by facing himself, such as actively participating in the wood carving workshop held by Mr. Maekawa, who he respected, because he thought that by going through the process, he would be able to see his own personality. I've started to do the meeting, but I'm going to ask myself again.

"I like wood carving, but I've come to feel a distance from myself."
“What I will continue to do as a writer and whether the work I have done so far is being utilized”

Strangely enough, I was invited to participate in an exhibition on the theme of "coexistence with nature, circulation of matter", and the metal that I have touched for a long time in interior work and my favorite mountain climbing are connected, and this led to "botanical record" which I am currently working on. It seems that

It looks like a plant itself, but it is surprising that they are all made of metal. Delicate works cut out from metal plates and colored with mineral pigments and rust.
“In the mountains, even the most delicate plants show off their vitality. It’s like recording those memories.”

Designer, Craftsman, Writer. I am convinced that the balance of these three has become Mr. Morrison's shape and voice.

In the space of special source, which looks like the attic of a European church, works by Mr. Morrison, Mr. Takasato, and Mr. Nakamura are lined up, all of which are in harmony with each other. Mr. Takasato is responsible for the permanent space composition.
“I connect the works of everyone who came out in my own way and arrange them as I like.”
Morrison and Nakamura nodded deeply (laughs), and you could tell that they had great trust in Takasato's sensibility. Mr. Takasato himself was working as an accessory designer in addition to painting, but he says that he has been searching for his own direction for a long time. “While working as both a designer and a writer, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was lying in the world of accessories.”

Like Mr. Morrison, Mr. Takasato was shocked when he encountered Mr. Maekawa's sculptures, and came to think that "there are not many important things." With the desire to "live by concentrating on painting one picture", I was encouraged by Mr. Morrison, a classmate from my time at Tama Art Museum, who had a good understanding of me, and steered me to the path of a painter. rice field.
Now that I feel that the way I see things and the range of angles I perceive has expanded, Mr. Takasato, who quietly smiles, says, "I've come to see the outer framework of art, or rather, where I should go." I saw a beautiful appearance that I could envy.
Mr. Nakamura visited Watts more than 10 years ago and actually carved the name "Morrison Kobayashi" into my memory. When he was an interior student, he went to help Mr. Morrison because he wanted to get involved in metal work, and empathized with Mr. Morrison's way of thinking. After working for another company, he became an independent member of special source and continues his creative activities while working with Mr. Morrison on store interiors.

Mr. Nakamura, who had been making dolls from scrap iron before belonging to special source, also participated in Mr. Maekawa's wood carving workshop and experienced the real thrill and joy of carving. Expanding the range of creation, I treat the knots of trees as expressions and express creatures that are close to animals.
As Mr. Nakamura said, "When you're having fun making it yourself, it's going to be a good finish," and the children seemed to start chatting as the night went on. .

To tell the truth, I was nervous about the special source, which has a cool interior and expression.
However, I felt a sense of familiarity when I saw the three of them, who weren't skillful at all, and who had been searching for their path in sincerity. I wonder if that's what it means to be dignified and soft in the air.

Especially Takasato's work that stopped me for a long time. A flag with a mysterious color like the aurora is swinging comfortably. It seems that there was a title given by the artist, but the phrase "the wind is always blowing in the future" came to my mind. Life goes on with joys and sorrows, big and small, and many goals piled up. It's not a strong wind or a headwind, but it makes me happy to think that the wind is blowing with me on each stage.

I gave this work to my son who is a student and tends to be a little naive.
And when I'm depressed, I look at it and get ale.

(2019.6. Interview)

《Gallery Information》
special source

4-11-46 Kuji, Takatsu Ward, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 213-0032
TEL: 044-813-0783

Opening days: Permanent exhibition on a few days every month. Special exhibitions are held irregularly. For details, check the "next schedule" or "atelier gallery" on the website.

▶︎About a 5-minute walk from Kuji Station on the JR Nambu Line

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