Monday, May 24, 2010

Mario TAUCHI Solo Show “Mario Mandala”  Gallery Yamaki - Kobe - Japan


Mario Tauchi Performance Drawing Gallery Yamaki


It was a strange performance by Mario for in front of him were two clowns doing an entirely separate act but afterwards in speaking to him he stated: ‘that it didn’t interfere with the artwork and he rather enjoyed it’ and so did I and by the looks of it so did the rest of the audience.




Mario’s work is about metaphysics and the phenomena of his spirituality and how it manifests itself as an artwork. It’s an open spirituality very unlike much of what is seen in the world today, that tends to construct rights of passage through ceremonies, with some of them producing a fanatical determinism that is either  inclusive or totally excludes people and seem to be very little about love.



The intricacies of theology are not usually what concerns the artist. They're concerned with the big, beautiful fundamentals, and there I have never had any problem. In fact, anybody who has a narrow sense of their religion, whether they're Jew or Christian or Muslim or whatever, has only to look long and intelligently at the great work of another tradition and they will see what the religions have in common.
Sister Wendy Beckett Art critic/writer


The artworks on show by Mario are not about control but allow an open ended dialogue with anyone who chooses to engage them visually, one can construct whatever form of spirituality they want from of them. Although the drawings do resonate peace and serenity and they raise questions about  what is metaphysical art, for the eastern and western traditions so strong within the societal memory. Mario's drawings are a nice respite from these expectations of metaphysical art for they resonate from his unique remembrances.


So if you want a break from the hustle and bustle of Kobe and you’re in Motomachi, take time out and go sit in Gallery Yamaki and enjoy the peaceful sensations that come from Mario’s drawings.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kawamura Sachiyo - Butoh - Japan


Kawamura Sachiyo -  Butoh

Sachiyo's dance on you tube can be seen on this link:



Giving a good performance, giving it all is what it's all about. I love to perform.

Henry Rollins 
Modern Rock artist 


These YouTube videos by the Butoh dancer Kamanura Sachiyo contain a sort of raw direct sensation off her nervous system and in a way remind one of the British painter Walter Sickert and his Camden Town series of nudes where there appears to be a gritty, urban, sensuality resonating from the image.

So please click on the link and enjoy the videos.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Kumiko Okada - Shimada Galleries - Kobe - Japan



Drawing by Kumiko Okada


But usually I begin things through a drawing, so a lot of things are worked out in the drawing. But even then, I still allow for and want to make changes

Roy Lichtenstein

This is an interesting show by Okada for inasmuch as it about a exhibition of drawing, the show in itself reveals one artists search for what drawing might exist as, with the motif being the human figure. Exhibitions solely featuring the human antimony are not all the frequent in Japan nowadays or even historically, there tends to be an avoidance of it, for what reason one has no idea.




For example; if one goes to Kyoto (one of Japans only cities left intact after the war) there is very little tradition of figurative public sculpture to be seen this is against what one sees of the sculptured human nude European cities. Yet, within the Japanese traditions of Ukiyo-e, the figure presents itself many times in extraordinarily powerful images from motifs as far reaching as bijin, shunga, bathing and war and strangely it seems these genres seemed to have some almost stopped.



Drawing by Kumiko Okada

But Okada conitinues the fine traditions of drawing the human figure and within this show brings into question what she has been visually experiencing in the way she renders the anatomy as a motif through a multiplicity of media. There is a range of gestural watercolours and pencils drawings but the two above artworks in the exhibition reveal a very sensitive inquiry into the public surfaces of the human anatomy.



The top drawing by Okada in a way reminds one of the French painter Paul Cezanne's efforts of rendering the human form (the English critic Roger Fry once called Cezanne's drawing in a review that of a hopeful monster due to the fact he thought he couldn’t draw, well Cezanne still gets major retrospectives and Fry's famous idea of significant form is not true), what is so likeable about her figure drawings is the she forensically searches out the form through time, this is not an new idea and yet it still seems to present some of the most interesting mark making in drawing and pleasurable to study within her drawn figuration efforts.



So if you’re in Saynommia do take a trip up the mountain to Shimada Galleries and enjoy this show.