495 x 195 mm
watercolour and casein on paper
After 4 weeks of work (3 in actuality), the show is up! It was nice to have quite a few people come by the first day despite the bad weather.
Overall I’m quite happy with what I accomplished, but I feel I am just now getting into a groove – looking forward to settling in the studio back home soon.
The exhibit will be open daily 12:00 – 19:00 with a closing reception at 18:30 on Friday. The show comes down Saturday morning.
I played this hour+ stream 3 times during the exhibition install. This may be the best version of each song – too bad the sound quality isn’t better.
There was less spinning in the mud this week – I finally figured out some colour palettes I’m satisfied with. I was reading where Phil Noto and Tomer Hanuka mention colour as the most laborious part of their process – although they are working strictly digital.
One week left until the exhibition! Time to finish a few more pieces this week.
Yesterday I visited Maki Fine Arts in Shinjuku-ku. The works, large photographic prints by Shunsuke Kano, spanned a wide range of urban discoveries – some meditating on large colour fields of buildings/construction sites and banners – others, dense window displays with subtle reflections lending indication of city location. Hiro Kimura, one of my hosts from 3331 met me there and introduced me to the director, Takahiro Maki, where we discussed some of my new works.
Accidentally stumbled into the Span Art Gallery, only to find an amazing exhibition of artworks! A quite famous Japanese artist from the early 20th century, Takahata Kasho, was the inspiration for this group show, featuring work by:
Vivienne Sato, Mitsuhiko Yoshida, Takato Yamamoto, Maruo Suehiro, Yuji Moriguchi among others.
A few hiccups this week, but cranked out some new work in the end. After a few months, I finally have CatsEye/Eclipse/GitHub operable on my new laptop (a big thanks to collaborator Ben Jack who helped me fix it – at 5 a.m. England time!). I also decided to give up on casein during this residency; it’s just not as intuitive as when applied over plywood – I’m painting everything here on paper. There is a Nihonga shop nearby in Ueno, which would be cool to test out while I’m here – I doubt Gordon Harris carries such supplies 🙂
Still not much exploring up to this point – I was hoping to have 10 finished works before loosening my studio leash. Only have 6 so far.
March 31 was the opening reception of for Humans; a group exhibition of artists at the Jiro Miura gallery in Chuo-ku. The work, spanning both contemporary and traditional painting techniques, photography and sculpture, was quite good. My favourites being Ken Matsuyama’s figurative/pattern based paintings, Ryoko Kimura’s modern interpretation of Nihonga style and Fujii Takehito’s twisted evil girl-robot manifestations – exquisitely crafted works in steel. I was lucky enough to meet several of the artists as well as talk with the gallery owner extensively – it turns out he visited New Orleans many years ago, about the same time I was living there.