|KOMAZAWA MUSEUM x ART|
|Written by Takeshi HIRATA|
|Published: October 05 2009|
Recently, we have seen many art fairs which are held utilizing hotel rooms as their venues. The art event entitled “KOMAZAWA MUSEUM × ART” which was held at one of the biggest housing exhibition halls in Tokyo, Komazawa Park Housing Gallery, is a unique attempt to allow us easily to imagine our lives surrounded by artworks. It does this by using model houses instead of hotels since the former resemble living spaces more closely.
fig. 1 Tomoko HASHIMOTO "Sunday Morning" (2009); oil on μ-ground and panel, 14.2x7.9, 5.3x10.8, 10.7x9, 11.2x15.2, 11.4x15.6, 18.9x8.2cm "rain / fine" (2009); oil on cotton cloth, white ground, and panel, 91×91cm Photo by Hideto NAGATSUKA, courtesy of Tomoko HASHIMOTO, copyright © Tomoko HASHIMOTO
By the way, what I felt after visiting a number of model houses in this exhibition was that paintings suited the atmosphere of the rooms better than photographs and images, as if they had been there for a long time. Paintings went well with the sunlight shining through the windows. There were some high-quality exhibits, including those of Satoshi Uchiumi and Masako Nakahira, but, here I would like to pick up other artists’ creations shown in the following three houses. Firstly, STAGE 3-4, in which we could enjoy looking at works created by Ine Izumi (Kon Izumi), Tomoko Hashimoto [fig. 1 and fig. 2] and Izuru Kasahara, and which was filled with a friendly and warm atmosphere.
Secondly, in the STAGE 2-3, Kazuharu Ishikawa’s planar works, which were created using wool, generated a heartwarming atmosphere, and Yoshitaka Nanjo’s paintings drawn with soil evoked for us a tense feeling in the space. Their exhibits produced synergetic effects in some parts of the dwelling space.
There is a similarity between housing and art. For both of them, foundation work is important and “heart” is essential for creating them. In a space where a person lives and which is close to his/her heart, art can exist as if it snuggles up to the “heart”. This is the reason only art can pull our heartstrings realistically in a model house where all the items are artificial things.
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The venue is divided into three parts, from “STAGE 1” to “STAGE 3”, on the other side of Komazawa Street. Nonetheless, not all the model houses are used for displaying the exhibits. In addition, there have been some changes in the exhibitors, the exhibits, and the duration of the exhibition. Therefore, I recommend that you stop at the information center before enjoying the exhibition and get a copy of the brochure in which you will find a summary of the exhibition, information of the exhibitors, and a guide map of this event. Among the various exhibits, the creations made by Ine Izumi (Kon Izumi), Tomoko Hashimoto and Izuru Kasahara, which are displayed on STAGES 3 and 4, and those created by Kazuharu Ishikawa and Yoshitaka Nanjo, which are shown on STAGES 2 and 3, seemed to receive a warm “welcome” from the viewers. Tomoko Hashimoto’s works in particular will give you the most successful example of co-existence of paintings and living space in that she newly created some of the exhibits to ensure they were suitable for display in this exhibition space. (Translated by Nozomi Nakayama)