I participated to the annual Powell Street Festival around Powell Street in Vancouver, Canada on August 3rd and 4th, 2019.
where many Japanese people used to live. Today, there are many Japanese
residents and many people are familiar with Japanese culture such as martial
arts and calligraphy. The purpose of this festival is to introduce the past and
present of Japanese culture.
This is the
43rd year and it has become a major summer event in Vancouver.
The former AIRY artist Leanne Dunic who belongs Artistic Director, I met her when she stayed in Kofu in 2013 and I was invited to play this time.
performance was a collaboration between Japanese calligraphy artist Himesu-san,
a Japanese calligrapher on August 3rd. I performed with Kohei
Yoshino, a Japanese singer/songwriter in the outdoor stage on August 4th.
The festival was also supported by a large number of volunteer staff, and at the Appreciation Party for them held on August 6th after the closing. We had a several requests of Japanese songs. Many staff members have never been to Japan, but despite that, I received many requests for songs that I didn’t know, such as Japanese pop songs and anime theme songs, and I felt a high level of interests toward Japan!!
Larissa and Eliot will conduct research and experiment with new methods in their AIRY residency, bringing together their disciplines in paper installation, printmaking, sound and vibration. Larissa’s practice explores boundaries, containment and place; with works incorporating tea dyeing, sewing, and suspension of large washi paper arrangements. Eliot works with vibration speakers to generate resonance in building structures and objects, creating an audio and tactile experience from sound. In this research residency the artists will build the foundations for new work exploring the theme of water as a resource and cultural asset.
The artists plan to make a series of sound
recordings in Yamanashi, with an interest in the sounds of cleansing rituals at
temizuya, which Eliot will bring together with recordings he made of past
water-based paper making at Awagami factory, Shikoku. Together, the artists
will also experiment with ways of resonating paper forms, and creation of paper
objects as a vessel and sounding object. The research period will also offer
the opportunity to experiment with ways of representing the presence of
groundwater, with an interest in drawing on traditional, hand drawn
hydrogeological maps as a reference source for drawing and printing. The
different challenges around water abundance and use between Japan and Australia
provide a point of focus and dialogue.
Presented in the gallery are the beginnings of
experiments by artists exploring the concept of water, groundwater, and vessels
for containment of liquids. Vibration speakers are used, with specially
tuned compositions, to create resonance in the drinking bottles. The concept is
to reflect on the properties of hidden aquifers as a container for
valuable water resources, and deep storage of water and the importance of
The artists are exploring how paper vessels
may be used to transmit vibration energy and sound. The forms and paper dying
and shaping process reflect on the ways in which paper can carve grooves and
shapes into the land and stone.In in addition, in the the studio space we have
set up initial compositions and field recordings taken from the Shosenkyo Gorge
and Zenkoji temple, including natural water and machinery.
Eliot Palmer & Larissa Linnell have stayed in AIRY as family residents from Melbourne, Australia. Eliot is a Sound artist, and Larissa is a Visual artist. They are both deeply interested in Japanese cultures, arts, and this is not the first time visiting Japan as Art residents. In the work that Eliot exhibited this time, he wanted to show the importance of water by using “water” and “vibrations”. Since Japan has a lot of water resources such as water from Mt.Fuji, water for Onsen, water of Purification trough (temizuya) at Temples and Shrines and it is familiar to people. At the same time it links to negative circumstances such as natural water disasters and water pollution, and people tend to be not seeing from the perspectives. Since Eliot and Larissa came to Yamanashi, Eliot recorded several sounds of water including both natural and machinery at some places such as Shyosenkyo Gorge and Zenkoji Temple to make his work. In a week or less, he got an idea of making his art work which consists of special vibration machine, water bottles, and paper vessels made by Larrisa. Paper vessels were used to transmit vibration energies and sounds. There is air in the paper, and this work shows how sounds are being delivered and vibrated through objects as well. I really enjoyed their work. By using paper vessels and actual water to be vibrated, the work let invisible sounds become visible and that function audience can even touch and feel the sounds. The term Sound art itself is sometimes not familiar to everyone, however this art work engaged audience to be interactive. I was happy to see the connections between water and vibrations, and this work made me think of the fact that every dot is connecting to the other and that makes people to have broader perspectives. （Kaho Tanaka, iCLA）
日本でのアーティスト・イン・レジデンス事業の草分け的存在であるアーカス・プロジェクト（1994年〜、茨城県守谷市）の存在を知った2005年にアーティスト・イン・レジデンスの運営に漠然とした興味を持ち始め、同年、自身が生まれ育った元産婦人科医院を自身の個展「HOSPITAL→HOSPITALITY」を幕開けとしてAIR（アーティスト・イン・レジデンス）として蘇らせ、Artist in Residence Yamanashi（通称エアリー）の運営をはじめた。2007年にはアーティストとして初めてロッテルダムのレジデンス「Kaus Australis（カウス・アウストラリス）」にて滞在制作を体験した。
The 3rd Outloud Street Art Festival invited a several remarkable street artists from all over the world to gather in Macao and unleash their creativity, bringing a great visual show to the city. The Festival’s line-up includes large graffiti wall painting sessions, music, dance, DJ performances, artwork displays, a car exhibition, workshops, game booths, food stalls, charity auctions and introductory sessions about graffiti.
「第3回Outloud Street Art Festival」は世界中から数人の注目のストリートアーティストを招いてマカオで開催されました。創造性を解き放ち、素晴らしいビジュアルショーを街にもたらしました。 フェスティバルのラインナップには、大規模なグラフィティセッション、音楽、ダンス、DJパフォーマンス、アートワークディスプレイ、自動車展示会、ワークショップ、ゲームブース、屋台、チャリティーオークション、グラフィティに関する紹介セッションが含まれる大規模なイベントです。
Time, the everyday, and the relationship between fantasy and reality are recurring themes in my practice. I often experiment with different creative processes through site-specific works, where I intend to explore aspects of time based on the areas of Yamanashi. This residency project would look at concepts of transition, limbo, liminal space, and memory while presenting my experience of the local culture and surroundings.
Held annually in November, the Kofu Ebisu-Ko Festival will be the primary focus of my residency project as a study of the local tradition in relation to concepts of liminal space and the sublime. Through video works and drawings, an additional component to my project includes my first impressions of Kofu that documents and transforms both natural and urban areas into psychological landscapes.
During November and December, I documented the annual
Ebisu-Ko Festival, local sightseeing areas and everyday moments in Kofu to
explore concepts of liminal space and creative process. Through video and ink
drawings, my project titled ‘Sidelines’ reproduces ordinary scenes as
minimalist landscapes as a way of examining the relationship between physical
surroundings and psychological space.
Filming a documentary movie of ‘Kofu Ebisu-Ko Festival’ held in 23November annually is one of the goals by Frankie Chow. She had been researching of this festival on internet long before starting two months residency in Kofu. The documentary lasted about 5 minutes, it began with preparations of the previous day. The behind people who prepared silently was drawn. And the climax of the festival, the carrying of Mikoshi, was carried out lively.
As another work in Kofu she made ink drawings of landscape. The title ‘Sidelines’ reproduces ordinary scenes as minimalist landscapes. These two works are a way of examining the relationship between physical surroundings and psychological space.
I feel loneliness first then feel warms from these
works strangely. I feel the story of the conflict between the artist and the
characters in the process of reaching the bare minimum expression.
work with the construction of identity in different social contexts. My
artistic practice questions society through the tools of criticism, education
and transformation. I’m interested in creating identity portraits through
dialogues with the viewer in order to trace the construction of personal
I develop my work through the disciplines of drawing, painting and video. Also I develop my work through collective collaboration and educational workshops. Since 2006 I’m a member of Fotoeduterapia: Photography as an educational tool in this sense, generates content, strategies and ways of examining contemporary practices to be applied within art therapy, psychotherapy as well as social intervention. Last year I published my first book: ‘Arrested’, a project about the influence of the economic crisis and unemployment in Spanish society. I have shown my work in selected individual and collective exhibitions within Europe and Japan. I’m represented by Silvana Retamal, the director of “A ciegas Gallery” in Spain, http://www.galeriadearteaciegas.com/
The new workshop from AIRY! This workshop explore the connection between taste and visual images! Carla Canellas, the artist from Spain will teach how you can develop your art work from tasting food. Let’s enjoy Spanish food and painting!! This workshop requires booking.
These three months I have been researching on sacred mirrors.
One of them, Yata no Kagami, is considered one of the three imperial treasures
and the legend says it is in the sanctuary of Ise. Following this trail through
readings and trips around the country I have started a work in which I try to
join these ancestral pieces with the “current mirrors”, the
“Black mirror”, that is to say the smartphones.
In the exhibition I show part of my research process, together with an installation piece that I have called “Paper House”, a room completely covered by ink-drawn papers that are a kind of living diary of my experience in Japan.
Carla Canellas is creative and thoughtful artist. Since she came to Yamanashi, she has been always working on some project. Every time I see her, she was always making art or studying Japanese culture. Everyone can see how much she likes Japanese culture and tries to explore it as much as possible. Her works are mainly full of message, context and thought. Sometimes they are about politics and social injustice. However, her art also has aesthetical beauty to it. Her point of view to the world is unique and original. That is why she can make art with deep thought and social context. As an art student who studies contemporary art, I’ve always wanted to see how artists work with their context and theme. In that sense, I am so lucky that I could see how Carla works on her art. In the exhibition, she exhibited the work called “Paper house”. It was the house made with her drawings based on what she experienced in Japan. Beautiful structure gave audience impression and memory she experienced in Japan. It becomes screen for projection in the dark. Seeing the work combine video and drawing was interesting and fresh. （Gaku Okata ）
I am interested in exploring themes of fantasy and imagination
for young women, pulling inspiration from intense nostalgia and personal
narrative as well as current challenges and local environment. Constructing
dark, yet whimsical stories of powerful women on adventures gives me an outlet
for the everyday obstacles I face as a woman in a patriarchal world. I hope my
work wakes the imagination in the viewer and they linger in magic for a moment.
I use Risograph as tool to make these narratives, which are
often dismissed as unimportant and naive, and the Riso makes them feel grand
and timeless. The numerous layers of ink creates a luscious texture that looks
similar to old advertisements, comics and woodblock prints. The Risograph
inspires both nostalgia and innovation, which I think is the perfect medium to
express the work I care deeply for.
During the residency I intend to focus on developing a foundation for a longer narrative form, be it comic or picture book, with a series of sketches, paintings, comics and Risograph work. The collection would center around fantastical themes with one common narrative, which would be inspired by my time in Yamanashi.
“During the residence, artist focused on developing longer narrative forms such as comics and picture books, including a series of sketches, paintings, comics and lithographic works. This collection is a fantastic story based on one theme, inspired by the time spent in Yamanashi. “
I went to the AIRY exhibition, then I was thrilled with all the wonderful pictures. A really cute girls with a different expression !! I also like the partner of the girls Black Cat🐈I bought a piece of ‘ fighting woman and beast’ it’s kind of Greek mythology I think.I forgot the important thing! Tomorrow! Until 18:00 open. After all it is more enchanting to see real pieces more than photos.
practice is focused on figurative painting and drawing where the human being is
the main subject. I have always been interested in painting people as it’s the
most complex and absorbing theme; I am fascinated by our mental and emotional
state, philosophy, thinking, love etc
current paintings question intimacy as a form of self-love:
How intimate do we get with ourselves, how affectionate do we become? How much do we understand ourselves, our needs and dreams?How remote do we become when we feel lonely? How much do we love who we are when we go through difficult times? Do we realise that no one can make us happy if we are not happy with ourselves? I am not interested in myself as a subject for painting but I am someone who I’ve gotten to know better than anyone else therefore my paintings are very often self-portraits. Choosing monochrome adds more harmony and intimate feelings to my artworks.
At AIRY I want to continue doing intimate paintings and make a series of small artworks. I hope to make a 20-page artist’s book in collaboration with poets living in Kofu city. My objective is to explore poetic response that my work might evoke amongst artists from a different field; each poem will respond to each painting that I will make.
Collaboration with Tanka group (organized by Shinobu Kurosawa, Kurosawa group) Tanka by Shinobu Kurosawa, Hiroshi Asakawa, Hiroko Enami, and Rieko Hiraga will be exhibited simultaneously. An attempt to sing an imaginary Tanka from portraits drawn by the artist, edited after returning to England to publish collaborative art book of portraits and poetry.