Art Appreciation with Issey Ogata
Today we look at four drawings created by an innocent mind. They hold clues to understanding “time,” an important subject in education and something for which there still exist no formal ways of teaching people how to understand it.
Four-legged crawling robots were built in Poland during the 20th century. These strange machines evolved and today are popular around the world. Why are they so popular?
For years, a male philosopher has continued to ponder the mechanism which moves the human heart. Coming to believe that dreams are pure, that is where he finds the key to solving this puzzle.
In a world of great darkness, eerie blue lights shine. There lies a mysterious prison in which shadows writhe and suffer.
Our story takes place during a festival in a certain town. The residents do not suspect that their happy, laughter-filled days are about to change forever.
Vivienne Sato dashingly arrived in Shinjuku Tokyo wearing a headpiece with vivid colors. Vivienne wears many different hats – an artist, film critic, drag queen, and an architect who doesn’t build. But the makeup and headpiece are for recoveri…
Immediately after graduating from high school, FUKUI Masahiro started taking an art class offered by the predecessor organization of 〈Artspace Colorful Institute〉 (hereafter, 〈Colorful〉) in Tottori City. Since that time, he has continued to attend o…
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 …
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.