GEISAI#12 Photo Report

  • Inexpensive artistic goods are another of GEISAI’s many pleasures. These wood carved animals from Entrant B-116 Kobonishioka were very cute.
  • Entrant E-007 Keisuke Matsumoto. The works are a series of original yokai, each hand drawn with a pen and then scanned. He also sold postcards. Boy, would I love to encounter some of these yokai!
  • Entrant E-015 Yasuhiro Hara’s “Togenkyo Onsen(Hot Spring Utopia). These small works, made by connecting the bases of amorphous parts, had a poetic, fetishistic appeal.
  • Entrant E-012 Koujiro Matsumoto. Here we see a display of 12 drawings, connected to form something like a folding screen. The density of each drawing was particularly spectacular!
  • Entrant E-027 Eriko Kawai (right). Her innovative display showcased her drawings as if they were laundry items. She even has a washing machine off to the side.
  • Entrant E-029 Charatoons/ Ka-na. These airy, decorative drawings left quite an impression.
  • A work by Entrant E-037 Nana Fukushima which features a succession of Moomin-like characters. The source of the images is a fictitious animal species called rhinogradentia (animals who walk on their snouts) that one time received academic attention and research. The more I heard from the artist, the more interested I became.
  • In Entrant E-055 Yuji Yokokura’s corner, we find a collection of sculptures displayed in the style of a natural history museum. The statues all had exaggerated stereotypical features and were colorfully decorated, making for a grotesquely cute flavor. Worth viewing for the clever display alone.
  • Entrant E-085 midori komori. The theatrical display, which invites us to explore a world of strange woodland creatures, more than held my attention.
  • Entrant E-079 Chisa Iura. This embroidered t-shirt says “Zero man yen (similar to ‘zero thousand’),” yet has a price tag of 200,000 yen. With all the attention on fluctuations in the value of art these days, works that make us think about money feel all the more real.
  • Entrant F-013 Nobusuke Shimizu, recipient of a jury prize at GEISAI#11. This festival’s booth was entitled “Nihon Hingeikan (Museum of Poor Japanese Art)” and the theme was “JAPOORT (japan+pop+poor+art). Simulated antiques, handmade from inexpensive materials, line the floor like some kind of mystery secondhand shop. How do we go about placing a value on art? The works ignite the imagination.
  • At GEISAI Museum#2, Entrant F-011 Shinpei Sasada captured a lot of laughs by visualizing a chum salmon nirvana. This time he decided to tackle “Insant Amida Raigō (Buddhist paintings brought to the home of someone thought to be near death)” with a chicken ramen motif.
  • Booth F-020 was hosted by a group called “Nihon Bijinesu Sakka Kyoukai (Association of Japanese Businessmen-Artists)” which presented books and artwork by Japanese artists who work full time and create on the weekends. GEISAI really does have a massive lineup of unique faces.
  • From Entrant F-025 Yuri Sakai’s booth. Along with a large scale painting, there was also this interesting work called “piza aosora (Blue Sky Pizza).”
  • Entrant F-063 THE・SHIROUTO showcased an imitation giant Buddha statue that would respond to offerings with advice or fortune telling. The booth was a big attraction in the morning when they handed out mystery items for 100 yen.
  • Kaikai Kiki presents “Hello from the Miyoshi Fatory 2”. The booth was covered in distinctive works made by Kaikai Kiki staff. Before I knew what hit me, I myself had already bought 2 items. I hope you can forgive me.
Text by Noriko Miyamura