DESIGNS WITHIN DESIGNS BY FUMIHIRO KATO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese artist from Osaka, Fumihiro Kato, has been active since 2004 displaying his numerous works ranging from abstract to landscapes with his own special touch. He creates his art with a style that has a very complex and meticulous technique, filled with intricate lines that are almost creating designs within designs.

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His work is described on his website as his “own original painting technique, which has never been used by anyone before.” It goes without saying that his technique is unique, but the use of vibrant colors is evident and mixed so well with the intricacies of his artwork.

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HYPER-DETAILED CITYSCAPES BY AKIRA YAMAGUCHI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Akira Yamaguchi paints large and complex canvases using a technique which recalls ancient Japanese yamato-e paintings. This traditional style is updated and mixed with manga-like scenes and employed for mostly contemporary subjects.

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The artist’s favorite themes are hyper-detailed cityscapes featuring buildings and infrastructures which are sometimes cross-sectioned in order to show what’s happening in the interiors. Traditional and contemporary buildings are filled with people dressed as in different epochs, cohabiting in a chaotic and stratified world.

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THE FANTASTICAL WORLD OF MOTOHIRO HAYAKAWA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Motohiro Hayakawa was raised under several graphic influences that would later bring him to the place he is now regarded in art, illustration, and comics. Science fiction and cartoons were a massive part of his life, playing a paramount role in the way he draws and paints.

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A narrative is born in each of his works and you can almost sense the fantasy crawling out and being brought into life right in front of you. Warriors, princesses, green men in space suits, and a whole lot of different creatures are a few of the characters you can count on.

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FACE-MAPPED VIDEO PROJECTIONS BY NOBUMICHI ASAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Japanese media artist Nobumichi Asai awes and teases our senses with his face-mapped video projections and shape-shifting holograms. Asai is a projection mapping producer and technical director who mixes his science background and artistic skills to create original and innovative works.

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One of his most recent work is the projection mapping project “Omote”. Omote is a Japanese word for face, or a mask, which is considered as a mirror of the human soul. Performers of Japan’s classical musical plays often use Omote masks to express a multitude of dramatic emotions, which is explored and realized through the integration of state of the art technology and Japanese art.

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THE BIZARRE WORLD OF AYA TAKANO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Aya Takano is a member of the Japanese Superflat movement. Born in Saitama, Japan, Takano spent most of her childhood reading science fiction books and magazines in her father’s library. Fascinated by the exotic animals and landforms, Takano turned them into the themes of her futuristic artworks. Osamu Tezuka’s  sci-fi manga also had a lasting impact on Takano’s dreamy perceptions of the world.

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Kenji Kawakami Inventor of the Chindogu Movement

Kenji Kawakami Inventor of the Chindogu Movement

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

LE BORD DES MONDES
Exposition
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015

 

Lips Worth Spreading

A woman’s genitalia is often the source of news these days. What can come out of it and when, what can go inside of it and how, how to shave it or let the bush sanctuary thrive, and the like.  Social media will create a holiday and/or hashtag named, “National Vagina Awareness Day” soon enough, and we’ll all be ready.
But, on the island of Japan, artist Megumi Igarashi had another plan for her vaginal lips: to fully express vaginal glory in the form of a kayak. A really wet kayak.
Since this newest installation of pop art hit the waters in 2014, Igarashi has not only been turning heads, but defending herself in court. Having parted the seas on issues pertaining to “obscenity,” Igarashi successfully exposed the hypocrisy of the heavily influenced Japanese porn culture and its “limitations” on censorship.
In 2014, Igarashi took to the Internet to crowd-fund resources to build her art project, and as a gift to her financial supporters, emailed them the 3D instructions so they could print their own vagina kayaks. This week, the Japanese courts ruled that though the kayak itself is considered “pop art” (which is totally okay), the artist went overboard by supplying the 3D instructions to the financial backers, which according to the judge, contributed to the distribution of obscene material (totally illegal in Japan.) The correct procedure is to blur genitalia portrayed in porn, sex, anime and the like, but since this project lacked any over-pixelation censorship in its printing instructions, Igarashi was fined 400,000 yen ($3,670).
From interviews conducted after the ruling, Megumi Igarashi seems to be on the pulse of quivering climaxes. She continues to spread awareness of the double standards pertaining to the expression of female sex/organs as a notion of obscenity propagated by the male perspective.
Megumi Igarashi stated, “I work to reverse the male notion that female sex can only be understood through the prism of obscenity. I’m disappointed this concept hasn’t been understood by the judge.”
Maybe the courts will see things differently now that Igarashi has rocked the boat in international press news. For more vagina power, check out Megumi Igarashi’s memoir on Amazon: “What is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy.”

#NationalVaginaAwarenessDay 

MODERN INDUSTRIALIZATION BY MASAKATSU SASHIE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Masakatsu Sashie was born in and currently resides in Kanazawa, Japan, a city well known for rich traditional arts and crafts and a nique culture due to the city’s difficult geo raphical accessibility. Sashie has exhibited throughout Asia and the United States.

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Sashie’s home, Kanazaw is a miniature condensed version of the larger, more populous, cities in Japan. With a lifelong interest in model making and having grown up in a virtual diorama, Sashie’s intricately detailed oil paintings depict a world where the common objects of modern industrialization take on  oppressive forms. These haunting vistas are often dominated by an orb, a substantial figure, made of an amalgam of the remnants of human existence.

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