Gallery Show: 『 花鳥風月』Exhibition @ Arts Rush, Daikanyama

 
 

Tokyo was a concrete labyrinth.  One of the reasons we moved to Fukuoka was to be closer to organic, growing things.  Now, a five minute walk will find me in Odo park, strolling alongside the ocean.  Or making my way through a somewhat creepy pine forest.   My ultimate goal is to be on a hike from the moment I stumble out the door.  Until then, I'm thankful for the fairly easy access to the natural world that Fukuoka provides.

That natural world, it's wonders and beauties, and the epiphanies it visits upon us puny mortals are the concerns of KachoFugetsu.  花鳥風月 (Kachofugetsu) is a  yoji-jukugo (四字熟語), a collection of four Chinese/Japanese kanji characters that make up a sort of minimalist idiom, saying, or poem.  花鳥風月 are, literally and in order:  Flower, Bird, Wind, and Moon.  Together, these four icons of the natural world can be found in an uncountable number of Japanese paintings, calligraphy, poems, pottery, and more.

This month, 10 artists, including myself, will try their hand at reinterpreting these symbols and the motions they evoke.  Come see where nature leads us at Arts Rush Gallery in Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan. 


= Participating Artists • 参加作家 =

パトリックギャノン(切り絵)•  Patrick Gannon
野谷美佐緒(ペーパークラフト・アラビア語デザイン)
牧瀬 茜(絵画・造形)• Akane Makise
湯浅紀美子(日本画)
原 政人(造形)
喜田小夜子(絵画)
大山求(鉄造形)
ささきりえ(金属造形)•  Sasaki Rie (metalwork)
ヒナゲシヒイロ(装飾作家/配色家)•  Hinageshi Hirou (fabric / clothing)
ポオ エ ヤヨ(細密水彩画・アクセサリー)

『 花鳥風月』 • Kachofugetsu Exhibition

dates: Wed. March 30, 2016 - Mon. April 18, 2016

times: 11:30am - 8:00pm [doors shut 5:00pm on Mondays, closed Tuesdays]

place: Arts Rush, 1F 2-14-10 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 〒150-0021

tel: 03-3770-6786
gallery: website
directions: English map
directions: map (Japanese)

日付: 2016年3月30日(水)〜 2016年4月18日(月)
時間: 午前11:30時~午後20時 [ 月曜日は午後5時閉店 火曜日定休日 ]
住所: アートラッシュ • 〒150-0021 東京都渋谷区恵比寿西2-14-10 トゥワォン代官山103
電話: 03-3770-6786
ギャラリー: ホームページ
アクセス: 地図

Gallery Show: 『 来るものはサル!』Exhibition @ Arts Rush, Daikanyama

 
『 来るものはサル!』@ Arts Rush • 12/26/2015 - 1/18/2016 • For all your simian needs

『 来るものはサル!』@ Arts Rush • 12/26/2015 - 1/18/2016 • For all your simian needs

 

Please pardon me as I slip into a tweed jacket; the one with leather patches on the elbows.  Of course, I also need to pack the tobacco into my pipe.  There we are.  Scholarly air achieved, the lesson now begins.

Those of you who have been following this blog for any amount of time or paid attention to the titles of my works have likely realized that I adore a good play on words, and give big hugs to puns.  『 来るものはサル!』is a little bit of Japanese wordy cleverness. 

  • 来る (kuru) means "to come"
  • もの (mono) is a thing (physical, not conceptual).
  • は (wa) is a preposition.  Don't worry about it.
  • サル (saru) is where all the fun is because:
    • 猿 or 申 are the kanji symbols for "monkey" (the first is the normal everyday kanji, the second is for the zodiac sign)
    • BUT, 去る (also pronounced "saru") is a verb meaning "to leave".

Therefore, The title of the exhibition can be read as either "The Monkey Cometh".  Like the Iceman, but hairier and likely a bit more fun.

OR

It can be read as "That which comes, leaves" ("Coming and going"?)

Wordplay like this warms my heart almost as much as being invited to participate in the exhibition does!  Seven artists are participating in the exhibition, all with unique styles applied to the celebration of the most playful and anthropoid of Zodiac signs. 

Gallery of the Art


= Participating Artists • 参加作家 =

パトリックギャノン(切り絵)•  Patrick Gannon
そのだ正治(鉄造形)•  Masaji Sonoda
きりえや高木亮(切り絵)•  Ryo Takagi Cut Paper Art
なかひらまい(絵画)•  Mai Nakahira
Bird Deco(造形)
もきゅん(造形)
松江直樹(陶芸)

『 来るものはサル!』Exhibition

dates: Sat. December 26, 2015 - Mon. January 18, 2016

times: 11:30am - 8:00pm [doors shut 5:00pm on Mondays, closed Tuesdays]

place: Arts Rush, 1F 2-14-10 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 〒150-0021

tel: 03-3770-6786
gallery: website
directions: English map
directions: 地図

日付: 2015年12月26日(土)〜 2016年1月18日(月)
時間: 午前11:30時~午後20時 [ 月曜日は午後5時閉店 火曜日定休日 ]
住所: アートラッシュ • 〒150-0021 東京都渋谷区恵比寿西2-14-10 トゥワォン代官山103
電話: 03-3770-6786
ギャラリー: ホームページ
アクセス: 地図

 

『 来るものはサル!』@ Arts Rush • 12/26/2015 - 1/18/2016 • For all your simian needs