Art and crafts. A new generation of artists come and go-between. Creative director, Minami’s interest focuses on artists who want to express themselves as an art while starting with crafts backed by high technology in Japan. As part three of this serial Minami introduces a brass artist, Chihiro Akino.
“Some years ago I had the opportunity to see photos of her solo exhibition, and I was always curious about it. I got to know her through Takeshi Koyama, who was introduced in the last serial. There is a gallery in Aoyama where Akino works there once a week. So, I had a meal with her when there was an event around the end of last year. She is very interesting when you speak to her and has a unique viewpoint.Since brass oxidizes over time, it is a work that includes the perspective of time. It’s nice that she works in creating space and spending time.
The main work introduced this time is the one that I bought at a glance. It’s hard to imagine creating such a three-dimensional object using brass.
Like a sculpture that cuts out the space, including where the lights hit and create the shadow. By striking with your own hands, you can feel both wildness and delicacy.
It’s art but it’s a craft.
|Select Takayuki Minami||Photo Masayuki Nakaya|