His 10B pencil gliding across the paper, INOUE Masaru serenely pursues his drawing on a sheet of rolled paper spanning two meters in width. You would never guess from his commanding drawing style, but Inoue only began engaging with art in earnest at…
Anime characters, figures from ukiyo-e woodblock prints, dinosaurs, and supernatural beings (yōkai) from Japanese folklore crowd the scene. The worlds portrayed in the works of UKAI Yuichiro of〈Atelier Yamanami〉(Shiga Prefecture) are a confusion of …
Engrossed in his embroidery work with a gentle smile always on his face, MAENO Tsutomu is a long-time participant in the nui project at Shobu Gakuen (Kagoshima Prefecture). Stubbornly sticking to his own pace, he sews slowly, stitch by stitch, the d…
In music, there are moments when sounds become an ecstatic force that transforms the space as soon as the playing starts. A performance group called “otto & orabu” which was formed by members and staff at Shobu Gakuen, facility for persons with …
Art Appreciation with Issey Ogata
Stolen blueprints that hold the key to world peace are one day rediscovered—somewhere that no one could have predicted.
The airplane, layered over and over with Scotch tape, was the very distillation of the happy moments in the harsh life the man had led.
One day, when he woke up in his rented house in the backwoods of Tahiti, he found that a bust had been left out front. Gauguin’s feelings as he looked at the statue were…
Fish gathering around a sacred flame. Running people. While they may look peaceful at first glance, these are the “Earth Defense Corps,” charged with an important mission.
Our story begins as an elderly pianist picks up three pages of sheet music lying fallen in a Russian park.
In 1972, British art critic Roger Cardinal translated Jean Dubuffet’s art brut within its specific context and passed on the definition through his book“Outside Art”. Curator Roger McDonald revisits the concept of outsider art through an interview w…
A series of Buddha images are drawn on a piece of picture with a single black pen. Although the Buddha image in the photograph he uses as a model wore a solemn expression, it is interesting that KURIHARA Katsuyuki’s Buddhas have lively and expressiv…
“Sato-chan, it’s about time to finish.” The time when HIMENO Satoru puts down his beloved bamboo pen is the time when the teacher of his painting class loses his concentration.
Standing at the Border of Art
She runs a café and guesthouse, and presides a community-based university for citizens in Kamagasaki (so-called Doya Street), Osaka where many day laborers live. "Living and expression" that the poet reached out by fumbling.
From such as small body, where does all this energy come from? As if possessed, the hand files away at the tree stump.
Through organizing things, events, and spaces that revolve around welfare, HERALBONY delivers projects and products together with various clients. We visited twin brothers who run the company and their brother in Iwate.
There is a DJ that uses a electric wheelchair and ventilator. His name is DJ XMËA or sometimes DJ NOAH VADER. We had a talk with XMËA and his brother (a manga artist) before their event “CANVAS” held at Kyoto CLUB METRO.
It started from a letter. A uniquely painted world was in the letter addressed to the staff at Shobu Gakuen by UNOKI Fumiko who was making sculptures there. Enter the “Fumiko World” that is created through both paintings and sculptures.
Techniques, motifs, colors, materials . . . everything in flux from moment to moment, as if reflecting the artist’s emotional state. Who is this creator who ‘draws what he feels, just as he feels it’?
Cut the yarn and knot the ends. Cut again and knot again until the work is complete: 《Untitled》, a ball of yarn. Every day, NISATO Chikara sits down at his workbench and starts the process again.
Since the age of 25, MATSUURA Shigeru has focused on one creative theme: the Earth. Carved with his left hand alone, his wooden sculptures overflow with vital energy.