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October 14, 2017

Nowadays as I feel the younger generation is on the rise, I think various things will change rapidly. Our generation is like in a valley, admiring, following and looking up to what the senior generation has done, in which we struggle on never to be rewarded. Amid this, it is becoming an era where the generation a decade or more younger is to be hooked up. Which I think is good and I humbly hope that they’ll do whatever they can. We for ourselves will survive and just live on in our own ways.

If there is one thing I have to say to them, however, I do not want them to jettison the Japanese spirit. Getting too used to Western cultures, their Samurai part has fallen behind by a wide margin, an old idea but the very part I am indeed concerned about, as I want them to retain the Japanese sprit of calmness and sorrow.

Frankly I have nothing to say to younger ones as the fixed notion or value I hold is different from that of the generation a decade younger. Even though I insist that the backbone is all, if the era does not think that way, that’s meaningless. As I have nothing else other than to live with my own ideas anymore, I think I don’t have to get along with it. If there is one thing I have to say to them, however, I do not want them to jettison the Japanese spirit. Getting too used to Western cultures, their Samurai part has fallen behind by a wide margin, an old idea but the very part I am indeed concerned about, as I want them to retain the Japanese sprit of calmness and sorrow.

As today’s age admittedly has become convenient, I feel the feebleness of visual information to the fullest. While back then, something called information had to be obtained by spending money, moving by foot or spending time, sacrificing many a thing, nowadays one can be readily obtained through smartphones or PC. I am sorry about the part that the visual values don’t differ much whether you move over to watch or watch through a monitor.

the pressure I for the first time experienced in an academic place has been a very good experience to me. For this, I am personally glad to have had people in the academic world know the existence of artists like me with that as a trigger and fully appreciate being given such chances.

As I have normally participated in two-some and group exhibitions not implementing one-man ones, the reason it took about 10 years since the first one-man one to present another is simply that I’ve felt lazy (bluntly). I do not like much to make my works facing canvas since long ago. But in Harajuku, there is a gallery named GALLERY TARGET, where I’ve had a hope to make my show for long. Receiving an invitation from Mr. Mizuno, its owner, I finally decided to. Over the course of it, with the help of Mr. Mizuno’s network, I’ve come to collaborate with Mr. Anzai of AOYAMA ART BREEZE to make the second one-man exhibition after such 10 years take place concurrently in 2 venues.

The canvas works I faced and produced after such a long time just thinking about the exhibition have been given evaluation very honorable to me, with my works to be sold out, an experience I never had. Thus far, in opening an exhibition in Japan, I for one just could provide one with the scale of just many of people close to me coming over to enjoy; the pressure I for the first time experienced in an academic place has been a very good experience to me. Though most of the customers who came over for preview were ones I didn’t know much, one work after another were sold. Like really!?, this work is not that cheap (indeed)! Of course, I knew there was such a world but I hadn’t had such connection with those people or experience. For this, I am personally glad to have had people in the academic world know the existence of artists like me with that as a trigger and fully appreciate being given such chances.

I was enabled to open my own one-man exhibition after about ten years to be connected with many people and feel and think various things. I was able to show the part I have as my principle, too, through installation or my work. I also received many warm remarks from customers who bought my work for me to feel anew that I have been let live through the backup of many, strongly. Therefore, I can’t do it halfway; I have to move forward on my own path honestly with my principle not wavered. As I got even stronger at the middle point of 10 years, I will just accelerate for the coming 10 years, too.

*Duel:
A company for silk-screen prints located in Sangenjaya, Setagaya prefecture.

*Portfolio:
Flat case to bring documents, also used for your own art pieces, often used in the context of arts.

*SETSUZOKU:
With “the creation of new Boom” as its objective, a new place for expression that connects to various fields through Music, a culture party undertaken centered around metropolitan Tokyo to disseminate such trends.

 

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