Thursday, August 26, 2010

Yoshioka Masami (吉岡まさみ展) Exhibition at Gallery Kobo (巷房) - (2010/08)

This exhibition/installation (2010/08/23-28) by Yoshioka Masami (吉岡まさみ展) at Gallery Kobo (巷房) occupies all three of Kobo's display spaces, with sketches on the third floor, photos in the under-stairs space and the picture below from the basement room.  In the photograph, it looks as though something was drawn onto the picture, but this is a straightforward photograph - the lines are made with tape.  It's an interesting effect - especially in a two-dimensional photograph.
吉岡まさみ展 / 巷房

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Nozawa Yuki (野沢タ記) and Nobori Kanako (野堀佳奈子) Exhibition at Jungaro (純画廊)

This exhibition (2010/08/23-28) was by Nozawa Yuki (野沢タ記) and Nobori Kanako (野堀佳奈子) at Jungaro (純画廊) - notice the rounded corners on some of the pictures.
野沢タ記) and 野堀佳奈子 / 純画廊
野沢タ記) and 野堀佳奈子 / 純画廊

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Photos (2nd and 3rd) by Lyle H Saxon)

Sugawara Sonoe (菅原園枝) and Sato Keiko (佐藤恵子) Sugar & Son and Uraniwa (裏庭) - Y's Arts-508 - (2010/08)

This... not exhibition really, but more a one-week vintage store (August 2010), with Sugawara Sonoe (菅原園枝) selling items from England via "Sugar and Son" and Sato Keiko (佐藤恵子) selling items from France via "Uraniwa (裏庭)" - both in Room-508 in the Ginza Okuno Building from August 23rd until the 28th, 2010.  Outside that time frame, check out their websites for the latest news about their vintage accessories, etc. businesses.
In this photo, Sugawara Sonoe models an interesting necklace that you'd never imagine is made from seeds.  (In the background is Room-508 in the Ginza Okuno Building.)

Also note that the future website for Sugawara Sonoe's "Sugar and Son" will be:

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Photos (2nd and 3rd) by Lyle H Saxon - 2010

Izutsu Chieko Exhibition at Shashin Ginko (写真銀行)

This exhibition (2010/08/23-29) by Izutsu Chieko at Shashin Ginko (写真銀行) consisted of photos of New York - similar to the one on the promotional post card - taken in... December (I think - if I remember correctly what the photographer told me at the gallery).
Izutsu Chieko / 写真銀行

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Group Exhibition at Gallery La Mer (ギャラリーLa Mer)

This Group Exhibition (2010/08/23-28) at Gallery La Mer (ギャラリーLa Mer) consisted of pictures by many artists - with radically different themes and styles.
Group Exhibition / ギャラリーLa Mer

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Yufugaho Group Exhibition (ゆふがほ展) at Serikawa Gallery (芹川画廊)

This is a group exhibition (2010/08/17-29) called "Yufugaho Group Exhibition" (ゆふがほ展) at Serikawa Gallery (芹川画廊).  There are a wide variety of different styles and content from the various participating artists.
ゆふがほ展 / 芹川画廊
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

End of Month Market (月末古市) at Gallery Platform Studio (ギャラリープラットフォームスタジオ)

This is not exactly an exhibition, but true to its title "End of Month Market (月末古市)", it's an interesting collection by two people - one displaying old Japanese things and the other old US/Canadian stuff.  It's in the 5th floor Gallery Platform Studio (ギャラリープラットフォームスタジオ).

One of the people displaying runs an "antiques and vintage clothing shop" called "Supreme", at Ginza 1-19-12, which focuses on Canadian and US items.  See this blog for details (in Japanese):

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Oedo Antique Market at Tokyo International Forum - (2010/08)

The Oedo Antique Market is held at Tokyo International Forum (very near to Yurakucho Station) on the first and third Sundays of every month (with some exceptions!).
Tokyo International Forum

This is billed as the largest outdoor antique market in Japan - with approximately 250 licensed antique dealers participating.

Oedo Antique Market at Tokyo International Forum

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Antique Fair in Shinjuku (アンティークフェアイン新宿) 2010

Another event I haven't been to - Antique Fair in Shinjuku (アンティークフェアイン新宿) 2010 - but I'm tossing the card in here in case someone is interested.
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kamakura Kottosai Vol-09 (鎌倉骨董祭) August 22nd, 2010

This is (I'm told) a kind of antique market or something to that effect.  (I don't have any information about it exactly - just this card.
鎌倉骨董祭 Vol-09 - August 22nd, 2010
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Matsuoka Miho Live by Yurakucho Station"

"Matsuoka Miho Live at Yurakucho Plaza" (100803Tu-2221)

Listening to Matsuoka Miho sing and play guitar while looking around the Yurakucho plaza by Yurakucho Station.  I bought one of her CD's and headed off into the purple Yurakucho Night....

The musician's website is here:

有楽町広場で、松岡美穂ライブ  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hayashi Koji (林孝二展) Exhibit at Jungaro (純画廊)

This exhibit (2010/08/04-10) of nihonga pictures by Hayashi Koji (林孝二展) (from Kyoto) at Jungaro (純画廊) consisted of several very nice pictures of natural things - conveying subtlety and power - the type of deep tranquility often found at temples and shrines.
林孝二展 / 純画廊

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Fujitsuka Kyoko (藤塚恭子) Exhibition at Gallery Musashi (ギャラリームサシ)

This exhibit by Fujitsuka Kyoko (藤塚恭子) at Gallery Musashi (ギャラリームサシ) consisted of many pleasing images similar to the one on the promotional card.

[Note: Regarding the correct pronunciation for "藤塚恭子" - the family name probably is "Fujitsuka" and first name *might* be "Kyoko", but it could be something else as well.  (I forgot to confirm the pronunciation when I visited the gallery.)]

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sato Kinue (佐藤絹恵展) Exhibition at Gallery Kobo-2 (巷房-2)

This exhibit (2010/08/09-14) by Sato Kinue (佐藤絹恵展) at Gallery Kobo-2 (巷房-2) consists of pictures similar to the one on the promotional card.  The background of the originals is more alluring than on the card however - with the sparkle of the nihonga coloring looking very nice at an angle...
佐藤絹恵展 / 巷房-2

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Kikuchi Megumi (キクチメグミ) and Tsutsumi Yoshihiko (つつみよしひこ) Exhibition at Y's ARTS

This exhibit (2010/08/09-21) by Kikuchi Megumi (キクチメグミ) and Tsutsumi Yoshihiko (つつみよしひこ), (the pair going by the name "NU-LU", which I forgot to ask the meaning of), at Y's ARTS Room-508 display space, consists of pictures constructed of pieces of leather stitched together by KM and then colored by TY, then stitched some more, and colored some more, etc.
キクチメグミ と つつみよしひこ/NU-LU / Y's ARTS
[Above] - Kikuchi Megumi (キクチメグミ) on the far left - talking with visitors to the exhibition in Y's ARTS display space in Room-508 on opening day.
And here is the picture I liked best from this exhibition.  (I like all of the pictures, but this one stands out for me - I like the color combination.)  The frames were built by Tsutsumi Yoshihiko.

The titles of the pictures are all "Unconscious - #1", #2, #3, etc, numbered in their order of completion.  The term "unconscious" referring to them being done in a pure frame of mind, without conscious analysis or planning.

It's an interesting exhibit - with my favorite one almost exactly behind the head of the person in the middle in the picture above!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, August 6, 2010

Kan Toshimitsu (菅利光展) Exhibition at K's Gallery

This exhibit (2010/07/29-08/09) by Kan Toshimitsu (菅利光展) at K's Gallery is of stone art - one example shown on the promotional card and in two pictures (see below) that I took at the exhibition.  As you can see somewhat in the photos, the surface of the stone looks like the surface of water.  I'd like to have this one in my house (but need to get a house first;).
菅利光展 / K's Gallery
菅利光展 / K's Gallery

This website is on the back of the promotional card and appears to be a group site (mostly in Japanese):

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Fujii Shiho (藤井志帆) Exhibition at Gallery Kobo (巷房-階段下) - (2010/08)

This exhibit (2010/08/02-14) by Fujii Shiho (藤井志帆) at Gallery Kobo (巷房-階段下) consists of some ceramic objects that appear to something else.  The trick is to look at the scene in front of you and figure out which items are ceramic and which items are what they appear to be (see second photo).
藤井志帆展 / 巷房-階段下

This exhibit was a lot of fun, since I was completely taken in by it - not realizing that any of the objects were ceramic.  The artist told that that is part of the objective of this exhibition/installation - to surprise people with the revelation of what they are actually looking at.

[2010/08/09] - Most exhibitions are one week (Mon-Sat), but this one is for two weeks, with an altered display from the second week - which looked like this (remember that things are not as they appear!):

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Kato Kei (加藤敬) Exhibition at Gallery Tomo (ぎゃらりぃ朋)

This exhibition (2010/08/01-07) of nihonga art by Kato Kei (加藤敬) at Gallery Tomo (ぎゃらりぃ朋) includes a wide range of color combinations and styles - just one example being the one on the promotional card.  If you're in Ginza, this one is worth taking the time to see I think.
加藤敬個展 / ぎゃらりぃ朋

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Agemura Hiromi (揚村弘美) Exhibition (of Kokuyoga刻耀画) at Gallery Kobo 巷房)

This exhibition (2010/08/02-14) by Agemura Hiromi (揚村弘美展) (of Kokuyoga 刻耀画 art) at Gallery Kobo 巷房) consisted of images similar to the one on the promotional card.  Running for almost two weeks, there's still plenty of time to go by Ginza for a look.
揚村弘美 (刻耀画展) / 巷房

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Ishida Kazuhiko (石田カズヒコ) Exhibition at Ginza Ono Gallery-2 (小野画廊-2)

This exhibit (2010/08/01-07) by Ishida Kazuhiko (石田カズヒコ展) at Ginza Ono Gallery-2 (小野画廊-2) consists of pictures made with short pieces of thread being glued to the surface - the result being as shown in the picture on the promotional card.  Using just seven colors, the pictures look quite vibrant.  I rather liked this exhibition.  The artist calls this technique "Iyashiga" (癒糸画 - see sign attached to gallery door in the second picture below).

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Narazaki Gen (楢崎賢) Exhibit at Gallery Shorin (ギャラリー松林)

This exhibit (2010/08/02-07) by Narazaki Gen (楢崎賢) at Gallery Shorin (ギャラリー松林) consisted of approximately A4-sized unframed pieces of canvas with oil paintings such as the ones on the promotional card.

One interesting aspect of this exhibit when I visited on August 2nd, was that the artist was playing a Buddy Holly record (not CD) from a portable record player that appeared to be from the sixties.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Kawai Chikae (河合央江) Exhibit at Gallery Kobo-2 (巷房-2)

This exhibit (2010/08/02-07) by Kawai Chikae (河合央江) at Gallery Kobo-2 (巷房-2) consists of fairly large pictures similar the one depicted on the promotional card.
河合央江 / 巷房-2

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Hashimoto Ryumi (橋本龍実), Nozaki Ushinotsuke (野崎丑之介), and Ushijima Tsuyoshi (牛嶋毅) Exhibit at Shibata Etsuko Gallery (柴田悦子画廊)

This three-person exhibit (2010/07/29-08/07): Hashimoto Ryumi (橋本龍実), Nozaki Ushinotsuke (野崎丑之介), and Ushijima Tsuyoshi (牛嶋毅) at Shibata Etsuko Gallery (柴田悦子画廊) consists (in part) of old-style pictures painted directly onto wood.
橋本龍実, 野崎丑之介, and 牛嶋毅 / 柴田悦子画廊

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Group Exhibition "Tsukutsuku - Vol.-11 (創作展) at Gallery Izu (ギャラリーいず)

This group exhibition (2010/08/03-08) at Gallery Izu (ギャラリーいず) is entitled "Tsukutsuku (創作展) - Vol.-11, and consists of shodo (書道 - Japanese calligraphy) by a group studying shodo, and photos by another group studying photography (see two pictures below).
創作展 #11 / ギャラリーいず

Incidentally, the photos of the shodo writers were taken by the photo instructor, Kikuchi Hirotaka (菊池廣高), who was also displaying some of his photography (to the left of his students' pictures).

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Ginza-One (銀座ワン) Tokyo-Ten August 2010 Group Exhibit (サロンど東京展8月) - (2010/08)

This month's (2010/08/02-07) Ginza-One Tokyo-Ten Group Exhibit (アートスペース銀座ワン / サロンど東京展8月) features a larger number of artists than usual, with the theme being small pictures, each one selling for Y10,000.  There's some great art here - details of a couple of the artists' works follow (see further down page).
アートスペース銀座ワン / サロンど東京展8月
アートスペース銀座ワン / サロンど東京展8月

I went by this exhibit twice - once on opening night (picture and video link above), and once the following day.  On opening night - as you might imagine from the picture above - it wasn't possible to have a close look at all the pictures and discuss them with the artists, but the following day, I was able to talk with a couple of the artists:

Kato Masami (加藤雅己) - is displaying a couple of colorful sketches - one of an active scene in a festival that he sketched while in the thick of it (and touched up later) and the other drawn at home.  I like the concept of drawing the picture at the scene and during the time of the festival (現場と現時?).

Someone-san - Unfortunately, in looking at several business cards I have from that day, I'm not sure which one is hers, but her art at this exhibit was a painting transfered to a tile - that turned out really well.  The visual appearance is that of a picture behind glass, but is actually the surface of the tile in the frame.  (このアーティストへ: 名前を分かるとこのポストをアップデートします!)

There were many nice pictures and interesting techniques on display.  If you're in Ginza, drop by and have a look!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon