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Seeing yourself through art

アートを通して自分を俯瞰する

Kanagawa Gallery Stroll
File.14 Gallery Pictor
Shino Yamamoto (Galerie Watts)

I run a gallery because I want my customers to experience the power and fun of art, but I often feel frustrated when my customers only say, "It's difficult."

Although I don't come from an art background, I can still say that ``art is not that far away, and in fact, it's something that I can relate to as much as I want.''

I visited Gallery Pictor's Sachi Nakajima because I sympathized with her essay, saying, ``Art is not just about healing and the extraordinary.''

Gallery Pictor is located in Kamakura. Exit the west exit of Kamakura Station, where the Enoden platform is located, and walk along Onari-dori. It has a calmer atmosphere than the Komachi-dori side.

When you get to Yuigahama Dori, turn right and walk for a while until you're already at the gallery.If you walk up the street a little, you'll see store signs and facades. As I was walking, getting a glimpse of Kamakura's charms such as its old-fashioned taste, seaside nuances, history, location, etc., it took me a long time to reach the gallery (lol).

When you see Noppo's simple building, go up to the second floor and you will find Gallery Pictor .
Here we introduce works by contemporary artists from Japan and abroad.

``When it comes to art, I feel that the concept tends to come first, but I would like to introduce works that have a contemporary context, are universal, and have solid artistic expression.'' Gallery owner Sachi Nakajima.

The works of dyer and weaver Rendairo Kawamoto, one of the three-person exhibition that was just being held, are composed of split weaving, and are made from used clothing collected from Japan and abroad. The work, which is bright in yellow and red, uses a Kodak Films logo T-shirt.

As someone from the film generation, I was nostalgic, and the corporate color Kodak Yellow was revived, reminding me of the flow of the times and the end of Kodak vs. Fujifilm (corporate color is green). While considering the speed of the times and the fact that various VS are still happening.

“Textiles have been associated with daily life all over the world, from B.C. "The interesting aspect of textile works is that they have a rich texture and expressive texture," says Nakajima.

From March 27th, you will be able to see Rendai Kawamoto's new works linked to Zen as a solo exhibition.

Well, what stopped me for a long time was the work of Mitsuko Hoshino, an artist living in Germany.
As it moves, depending on the angle, a faint picture appears on the blank screen.

People tend to try to capture things that are visible but invisible, or ephemerality, and I kept going back and forth in front of this with exactly that feeling. I wanted to take the time to enjoy it, list the keywords that came to me, and discover the source of why I was intrigued.

Now that we are in an uncertain situation due to the coronavirus, I think it is an opportunity to reconfirm our core essence. This work, which allows you to clearly see the painting depending on where you stand, seemed to bring me back to my core over and over again.

It's interesting to read the artist statement later and understand the artist's intentions, and then deepen your own thinking from there. In this way, art becomes a familiar presence.

Two years have passed since he started the gallery, and Nakajima seems to have rediscovered his role.
What we want to do is change the perception that art is not only about healing and extraordinary things, but also ``a medium that allows us to see our real world from various perspectives.''

When you connect points of interest, they become lines, or even planes, and your view of the world expands...I am convinced that art can be a node that transcends boundaries, and is a platform for finding what is important. As such, I would like to share various points.

But, of course, it is the viewer who connects the dots. In other words, if you look inside yourself and look at your current environment instead of relying on the information you are given, you may be able to find hints on how to move forward, even when the future is uncertain.

Nakajima's essays, which are serialized on the gallery site, are always very interesting and I highly recommend them.

(2021.2 interview)

《Gallery information》
Gallery Pictor
Kamakura Taylor Building 2F, 3-1-28 Yuigahama, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
TEL: 080-7085-8404
Business hours: 11:00-17:00
Opening hours: Mondays and Tuesdays (closed during exhibition replacement period regardless of day of the week)
Parking: None
https://gallery-pictor.com/

"access"
▶︎Get off at Enoshima Electric Railway's Wadazuka Station. About 3 minutes walk
Approximately 10 minutes walk from the west exit ticket gate of Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line

■Rendairo Kawamoto Exhibition “The Cloth of Time”
Saturday, March 27, 2021 - Sunday, April 25, 2021 Gallery Pictor
Friday, April 2, 2021 - Sunday, April 4, 2021 Kenchoji Temple/Ryuoden
*Please see here for the detail

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