There's nothing quite like the creak of old wooden buildings, especially public buildings like theaters or, in this case, playhouses.
I love reading the history of these buildings and temples here in Japan. They all have similar backstories which are uniquely entertaining. Take for example, the Kahogekijyo theater in Iizuka, Fukuoka.
- 1921 Built as a 3-story playhouse named "The Nakaza Theater"
- 1928 Burned down
- 1929 Rebuilt
- 1930 Knocked over by a Typhoon
- 1931 Rebuilt and renamed
We can only hope that the building does not fall over, burn down, sink into a swamp, or get carried away by a horde of dying monkey between November 19th and 30th, where 14 artists, including myself, will be exhibiting a dizzying variety of contemporary art. Paper cuts, sculpture, installations, pastel, dye techniques, and much more will be on show (and for sale).
I plan on being there one or two times (I'll post more when I know the schedule). I couldn't be more thrilled to be exhibiting with this calibre of talent. Plus, I'm excited to catch up with Hina Aoyama (青山日菜), whose impossibly detailed paper cutting always amazes.
現代アート展2016 • Contemporary Art Exhibition 2016
dates: Sat. Nov 19, 2016 - Wed. 30, 2016
entry fee: ¥300 • elementary school students ¥100
place: Kahogekijyo, Fukuoka-ken, Iizuka-shi, Iizuka 5-23