長井研治 - 巷房
"Large" is important, as the effect of Nagai Kenji's art is not conveyed properly in such a small image.
The exhibit is a two-part one, with half of it on the 3rd floor and half in the basement - both Gallery Kobo (http://www.spinn-aker.co.jp/kobo.htm) spaces.
While I was contemplating this exhibit in the basement, the artist was being questioned by a group of women. One of them asked about how he did the background (what looks like a solid beige tone in the scanned promotional card above, but contains clear brush-strokes in the original). He explained about that, and then he was asked which he painted first - the background, or the central part.
He responded "doji-ni" (simultaneously), which produced vocal protests on the part of the women and a silent protest on my part. I thought "That can't be possible unless you're painting with your left and right hands simultaneously...". Actually, I got the strong impression that the artist simply didn't wish to answer that question, so he gave a non-answer. I left as the discussion continued to go in circles, with the women prodding, and him saying "doji-ni" again.
Anyway! However he makes his art, the effect - in its original large format - is interesting.
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon