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.
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.
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