All posts tagged: japan

Daido Moriyama at the Fondation Cartier

Central figure of the Japanese photography, Daido Moriyama is currently exhibited at the Fondation Cartier for contemporary art, in Paris, from the 6th of February to the 5th of June 2016, in an exhibition called “Daido Moriyama, Daido Tokyo“. Moriyama excels in capturing Tokyo’s ever-transforming atmosphere, the effervescence of the streets, the shops, and the people who make this city, flows and trafic, luminescent lights, eye-catching posters or billboards with garish colors, and tiny urban details. Take a look at his work, and you might be transported into a vibrant and imperturbable Tokyo. Mahaut Le Lagadec

4 questions to Caroline Ha Thuc

Author of several books, « Contemporary Art in Hong Kong » (2013), « New Japanese contemporary art » (2012), or, more recently, « After 2000: contemporary art in China », (2015), French-born Caroline Ha Thuc is a Hong-Kong based writer and curator. She answers our questions about the new contemporary art scene in Asia. Moderneast Magazine: What is your view on the young or emergent creation in Asia: which assets does it have, how do you see its future both in Asia and in Europa? Caroline Ha Thuc: It is hard to talk in general about the emerging creation in Asia. Which Asia is concerned? Where should we begin? There no unified Asian art form. It is varied, diverse and even indefinable. Art overruns maps and borderlines and scrambles nationalities. The artists themselves increasingly claim to be artists from the world, and not from such or such country. To answer your question I guess artists from the region can generally benefit from a growing population of collectors, a boom in museums’ spaces (what we now call the “museumification” of China for …

A Talk With Artist Noriko Ambe

Born in Saitama in 1967, Japanese artist Noriko Ambe, now living in NYC, is mainly working through a process of cutting which is particularly spectacular. Her works are currently exhibited at The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Jan. 31 – May 29, 2016) and at the Everhart Museum (Feb. 5 – June 6, 2016). Let’s meet her and learn more about her project. Moderneast Magazine: What would you like to say to people who don’t know your work and see your pieces, installations and cuttings for the first time? Noriko Ambe: Actually, for those who see my work for the first time, I am not going to guide them how to see it. I’m more interested in what they feel, imagine, or think through my work, and I hope they won’t just focus on the technique of cutting. MM: How do you consider the process of cutting ? What is the intellectual, or artistic, path that guides your work?  NA: Through my cuttings, I’m thinking about, what is time ? Time is essential to my work. Because over time I add more and more paper …

WMV Spring/Summer 2016

Usually known for menswear, Visvim lately introduced his little sister: the label WMV,  which presented its Spring/Summer 2016 womenswear collection. Hiroki Nakamura, creative director of both brands, applies Visvim’s aesthetic to WMV. For instance, some pieces of this collection evoke the Americana  for which the designer is known. However, the collection shows new aesthetic aspects, with a boho and vintage inspiration, featuring long patterned dresses, khaki jackets, denim skirts and cow-boyish hats. Mimosa Gravier

Kazumi Nakamura

Kazumi Nakamura, born in 1956 in Chiba, Japan, began his career in the early 1980s. He has since become one of the most renown and active painters of his generation, creating paintings that experiment the notion of pictorial space. Some might say that his work lies at the crossroads of different movements such as Japanese post war groups, like Mono-Ha or Gutai, and the contemporary movement Superflat, founded by Takashi Murakami.   Most of his large-scale paintings are made of a multitude of abstract motifs and geometrical patterns, sometimes following disorderly fluctuations, sometimes perfectly aligned. Brushstrokes, angular spatial structures, accumulations, distortions, diagonal grids and infinite lines may sometimes produce some visual illusions by which one becomes quickly captivated. In Nakamura’s work, the explosion of colors is a very enjoyable, and sometimes mesmerizing, vision. Mahaut Le Lagadec  

Kaz Oshiro, the demiurge

  Ordinary three-dimensions objects? Is this what you think? Look closer… It turns out that these objects are actually painted canvas. Yes, really. Born in 1967 in Okinawa, Japan. Kaz Oshiro now lives and works in Los Angeles, in the US. “I see myself as a still-life painter trying to become an abstract painter,” says the artist. He paints directly on the canvas and then recreates trivial objects by piecing these canvases together to make three-dimensional forms. His works represent everyday objects coming from our life, our routine at the office: desks, lockers, boxes, large archive folders, containers or bins. His inspiration is really the daily environment the human is surrounded by, the sets, the things we don’t see anymore, the things we may have forgotten. View of the exhibition “Diffuse Reflection” at Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, 2015. Courtesy of Galerie Frank Elbaz. Photo Zarko Vijatovic One may say that his work is a sort of reinterpretation of the ready-made from Duchamp. Except that, in this case, the artist himself paints the canvas he uses …

Chiharu Shiota “The key in the hand”

The 56th Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor closed its gates on 22 November 2015. On this occasion, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, born in Osaka in 1972, represented her country. She presented a large-scale installation, “The key in the hand”, a web made from 400 kilometers of interwoven red wooden strings and 50.000 keys hanging above two rowboats. The viewer was invited to walk beneath a blood-red, almost organic ceiling that seems to heavily weigh under his head. Shiota is known to explore the notion of memory. In an interview she said: “The boats symbolize two hands catching a rain of memories, opportunities and hope. They seem to be moving forward floating calmly along a huge sea of global and individual human memory”. She seeks to work from and about traces, vestiges, footprints that the human being leaves behind him. The installation she proposed for the Venice Biennale is strongly related to this subject. She herself says: “Keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives”. That is …

Five models to follow now #2 Japan

  Nowadays, the number of models jumping onto the social media ocean to connect and have more exposure is increasing. Sharing their everyday life, they are not afraid to give us a sneak peak of what it is like to be an upcoming talent. From Seoul to Tokyo, we started with South Korea and introduced these « cools kids » from the digital generation. Let’s now focus on Japan with 5 Japanese models who are currently emerging on the international Fashion scene. Mimosa Gravier #1 Kiko Mizuhara – @i_am_kiko #2 Mona Matsuoka – @mona__offi #3 Seto Ayumi – @setoayumi #4 Reina Triendl – @toritori0123 #5 Jun Hasegawa – @liveglenwood

A matter of incarnation: the paradox of virtual singers

These past few years, appeared in Japan the first virtual singers. Created in 2004 by the company Yamaha, a software named « Vocaloid » (a mix of « vocal » and « android ») enables its users, music lovers or professional musicians, to use computer-synthesized voices recorded by humans. The purpose is here to provide them a « Voice bank » they can use when they compose music. Another company, Crypton Future Media, used this technology along with a character animation software several years later (about 2007) to create the first virtual singers. Started in Japan, this movement barely crossed the border, but is becoming more and more important over there. Led by the most famous one, Hatsune Miku, virtual singers regularly reach the top of the japanese charts, competing on equal terms with real human singers. It possibly puts at stake their future as artists (even the singers who recorded the voices take few credit for virtual idols’ success) and even questions on a possible numerization of a whole part of japanese musical culture. In fact, Hatsune Miku is so popular that she …