"Fujisawa City Art Space (FAS)" opened in 2015 in a commercial facility at the north exit of Tsujido Station. The museum, which is the only public art space in Fujisawa City other than the citizen's gallery, is a rare facility in Japan that has a permanent residence room where artists can stay and produce, in addition to an exhibition room and a workshop room. We interviewed Ms. Satoko Sugimoto and Ms. Sanae Takegami, art specialists at the museum, about the potential of Fujisawa City, which has made a name for itself as a cultural city.
Interview & Text: Mana Saito
An "art scene" that appeared in a city without a museum
-It seems that FAS referred to sister cities in the United States.
Sugimoto : When the current mayor, Tsuneo Suzuki, visited the sister city of Miami Beach, he visited a local art center and there was an artist who was staying there. Fujisawa City originally did not have an art museum or museum, so I wanted to create a facility in Fujisawa City where I could interact with these young artists, so I decided to set up an art facility with the concept of setting up a residence room. I decided to make it. I think that the exhibition room and the studio for stay production are lined up in the same line, which is a special place that can not be seen anywhere else. The three pillars are the open studio, the exhibition, and the event in the workshop room.
-Is there a movement to create a facility for contemporary art from before?
Sugimoto : It wasn't when Fujisawa City dealt with young artists in 2014 in the "Fujisawa City 30th Museum" project that was held every year at the Civic Gallery.I think. Until then, I was dealing with famous deceased writers and architects related to Fujisawa, but at this time, I was a young person with a connection to a work inspired by "Ukiyo-e of Enoshima" owned by Fujisawa City. It was an attempt to make and display 7 artists from. I think this exhibition was also one of the detonators.
Kosuke Yoneyama << Enoshima Map (2014) >> 2014
I grew up in Fujisawa since I was little, but there weren't many places to see or show art in the city. There are several galleries, but I didn't have the opportunity to see large works like those seen in a large museum, so everyone is happy to see installation works and three-dimensional works that use a large space this time. Give me.
-How did you choose the location in front of Tsujido Station?
Sugimoto : Among Fujisawa, Tsujido is a city that is in the process of rapid development. Originally, there were no cultural and artistic facilities in the Tsujido area, but it becomes important when it comes to building new museums. However, if it were to be built in an existing office building that was newly built in Tsujido, which is being reborn, I think it would have a high possibility of being realized.
— Is there anything that you had to devise in particular because it was inside an office building?
Sugimoto : By having them stay and produce, we can meet each other almost every day, and experience of residence in various places.There are many artists who think that they have to be able to exhibit at any place, so I have never had a problem with exhibiting.
As a base to send to the outside
Satoshi Uchiyama 《to turn back》 2015
-What do you prioritize when planning exhibitions and selecting artists?
Sugimoto : Last year, a total of 17 artists exhibited, but all of them are young artists who have something to do with Fujisawa. Since it is the first year and we are also planning to train and support young artists, we have set up a place for exchanges with young artists as much as possible so that we can exchange opinions. When I looked it up, there were so many young writers related to Fujisawa, and I don't think I could see such things without this place. I asked my colleagues who work at other art facilities to say that it was good to have a place where they could excavate from the Shonan area because it was difficult to research young artists in Fujisawa and Kanagawa prefectures.
I also think that local artists will not only stop at FAS, but will also be able to connect with the outside as a place to take off as a hub. Until now, there was no such place, so it seems that Fujisawa artists often went out of the city themselves. I also hope that it will be a place like a harbor where you can come back even if you go out.
The open call for participants exhibition is scheduled to start this year, and it is not limited to Fujisawa City, but if you live in Japan, you can apply for it from overseas. Various culturesI'm looking forward to the beginning of the exchange.
The city of Fujisawa is very rich in industry and there are various companies, so I am thinking of making connections. In this open call for participants, there is also a project in collaboration with 8hotels in the city, and the 8hotel award winners out of the 4 winners will work on the project "8DAYS A WEEK" to renew the guest rooms of 8hotels with art. You can produce and announce.
Then, on the 7th floor just above this, it has been decided that the "Fujisawa Ukiyo-ekan" will open in July, displaying materials related to Ukiyo-e and local history owned by Fujisawa City, and we will collaborate with them. It's a schedule.
Communication between citizens and artists
Mariko Fence's production scenery
-What kind of response have you received regarding the residence room?
Sugimoto : Most of the visitors are citizens, but people who have never met the art scene before can enter the scene where the artist is making for the first time, and can be seen nearby. You say that things are very interesting and interesting. However, some people are worried that it may be in the way. It seems that the writer sometimes thinks that he has to talk when people come in, but the customers also care about that, so he can't concentrate all the time, or he has to talk all the time. There is no such thing asIt seems that it is going outside.
-It's a compromise.
Sugimoto : High school students often come to visit me, and I ask the artists directly about what to do when they are thinking about going on to art school, and they give me very good advice. If you are making a work as a hobby, you are coming to the open studio and asking questions.
-It seems that working on a clean white floor is uncomfortable …
Sugimoto : There are types that artists care about and types that don't (laughs). It's pretty neat now because there are two people, but last time there were four people staying, so it was a mess.
At first, I think it was too beautiful to use, but it may be getting easier to use because the traces of the past are gradually remaining. It depends on the production style, but there are fewer walls than I expected, so I think that I have to think about improving the difficult parts as a facility, such as when drawing a large painting work.
-Are there any ideas for operation?
Sugimoto : We didn't divide the space in particular, so when one of the four people was sculpting to sculpt the powder, we all talked about how to partition it. Since about half a year ago, we have decided to meet once every two months so that there will be no misalignment and it will not be a big deal.
Shunpei Minagawa << Drifting House >> 2016
-Are there any works that were born because of this space?
Sugimoto : In the previous "Finding / Finding Again", Shunpei Minagawa, who lives in Nikko City, made it while going back and forth with Fujisawa's parents' house, and in the work "Drifting House", Nikko I brought the scrap wood from and assembled it here. When he was small, he made a landscape with something like a shack, which was often found in Tsujido. It may seem unusual to someone who has recently moved to Tsujido, but I said this was one of the nostalgic Fujisawa landscapes.
In addition, Naoya Ishikawa lives in Enoshima and used familiar things as a motif. In his workshop, "Just a stone becomes a jewel !?", participants were asked to polish the stones they picked up in Enoshima and the pieces of their sculptures. At the exhibition to announce the results of the stay production, the stones picked up by the sea and the stones polished by the people who participated in the workshop were displayed side by side.
Mr. Satomi Uchida lives in Yokosuka, but he seems to have reflected it in his work while being very conscious of the environment, such as seeing Mt. Fuji and being close to the sea during his stay.
yesWhen you think about it, everyone may be a little conscious of the seascape. Also, it seems that the fact that I first recognized it after receiving opinions from other artists during the production led to the work.
The silence in the calm blue
Yuko Matsuzawa "Pulsation" 2016
-How was this special exhibition "Keshiki here-from four small rooms-" planned?
Takegami : With the theme of "Keshiki" in mind, I chose two flat artists and one sculpture and installation artist to create various genres. This time, the previous exhibition used the residence room as well, and since the year changes, I haven't made it here, but everyone is an enthusiastic and enthusiastic artist who wants to make a new work. Some of them were made for this time because they told me. It is a work using various materials such as Japanese painting materials, indigo, ceramics, and leaf veins.
It's a coincidence that the overall color is bluish, but I feel that the cohesiveness is born and the silence that I hadn't imagined when planning was floating throughout the space. I think that each customer who comes has different sensibilities, so I hope that they will have various feelings.
From this year, we are preparing a monthly event program, and in May we also performed at the exhibition hall as a related event of the special exhibition. I asked people who are interested in music and dance to comeThis is the first attempt to get people to know about this facility. In the future, we plan to hold one workshop, lecture, symposium, etc. in January, in addition to those related to exhibitions.