Many visitors to the friendly Ren Bar in east Tokyo made calligraphy and artworks to express their wishes for the new year… here is my fast ink portrait of the famous master!
off the beaten track, drawing through the dense foliage
seeking colour and light blasting –
near the magical ponpon yama hills
Infrastructure out of the urbanscape..
From dinosaurs in Shiragawa to a Tanuki greeting customers in a Masunozushi shop on Route 41 in Toyama…
All about light silver and cereleum spaces –
from the distant spring cumulus
two buzzards appear as dots,
along suspended riverblocked by oncoming vertical flyovernanamemeeting high polished walls isolating the residential worldfloating gardens flowing into alloy platforms
intertwined shafts, containers hummingneutral perimetersemerging and reshaping the ground and drawing out energy lines
overlapping populous spacessuffusedabove a tandem rotor flying heavilyleaden
quick descent and dark blue chill moving onundulating and avoiding trafficsoon underground in quiet waiting zones, south of shibuyaflashingflashingyellow glazed surfaces, shards from blackness and fluorescent memory
This month I exhibited at the excellent Factory Hanbunko gallery in Takaoka near the Nihon Kai (Japan Sea). Huge thanks to the staff and especially Ayaka-san for helping me put this together and promoting the new artworks. Takaoka is a fascinating old city and this Kura (former traditional warehouse) space in the gallery is a beautiful all wood interior with a great atmosphere and diffused light.
The city will soon be linked up by a new Shinkansen route along this stretch of the Hokuriku coast and is well worth a visit, with many old buildings and temples (such as the Soto Shu Otera with the figures wearing Rakusu) unscathed by history. The coffee shop we visited nearby the gallery, Irodori Kissaten (Marunouchi 5), serving the delicious chocolate cake, is in a superb refurbishment of an old house.
- 27 November 2013
I beamed down into Tokyo towards the end of last month, looking forward to unknown adventures…
Halloween was close by and the megacity was dark early but brimming with energy as ever.
In the crazy hustle and bustle, there was plenty of sideswerving various characters such as the one above, as well as good friends to meet, with work and exhibition prep to be done, plus train tickets to book (below bumping into the Odakyu Romance Car at Tokyo Station) for the trip north through the tunnels of the mountainous alps…