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Kengo Kuma
Nov. 2 - Dec. 6, 2019

FCCJ is hosting an exhibition of my work that will be something of a departure from normal. My architecture is described as "world architecture," and I think this term is very appropriate. The early 20th century saw the emergence of what was called "international architecture," and in the 1980s we started to hear the term "global architecture." But I prefer the term "world architecture," with its connotations of world music. There are current projects involving more than 20 countries that really give me a feeling of being part of a world movement. And this is the spirit that I have tried to convey in my exhibition.

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Kengo Kuma & Associates has received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.

His message FCCJ received (please click to download pdf file)

VA Dundee Museum by Ross Fraser McLean 340p

V&A Dundee Museum

photo credit Ross Fraser McLean

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

 

THE PAPER for Art and LifeTHE PAPER for Art and Life 300dpi

Artwork by Hiroshi Sunto

Oct. 5 - Nov. 1, 2019

Oct. 10 (Thur.) opening reception 19:00 -21:00 VIP Room.

I studied nihonga-style painting since I was young and a few years ago began experimenting with stiff oil painting brushes to make thick line portraits. With a background in designing magazines and record jacket covers, I enjoy creating images that are bold and graphic. I didn't have any particular plans for showcasing these paintings until a friend suggested making a large tabloid size free-paper and putting my artworks on the cover. I though it was fun idea to do something in printed media as so much of the work nowadays is shown digitally over the internet. The artwork in this exhibition is the process that led to the creation of the 'THE PAPER'

Hiroshi Sunto bio

Born in Tokyo in 1955. Sunto began his career at Nippon Design Center and later moved to Breakfast, a design office presided by Ryoko Ishioka. In 1985, he opened Sunto Graphics and has designed album covers for over 130 musicians, including Motoharu Sano, Dreams Come True, and Eikichi Yazawa. In addition, he has been the creative director for a number of magazines. This year, Sunto launched his large format free-paper 'THE PAPER'.

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

SAMURAI SPIRIT - The Aesthetic of Bushidoh
Painting exhibition by Atsuki Settangeli
Sept. 7 - Oct. 4, 2019Atsuki Settangeli 300p

"Pride weighs heavier than life itself" - As something we modern people have forgot, these words sound an echo in our hearts. Here is the way of life seeking true value in modern society dominated by capitalism. This is the reason why I paint the series SAMURAI SPIRIT. A pride that refers to a way of living and discovering a life in a sense of aesthetics. As a modern expressionist, I would like to live up to this aesthetics of myself.

 

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Asuki Settangeli Profile

NEOISM - A proprietary way to express past artistic works and combined with modern sense.

Focusing on the Italian Renaissance culture, which had an impact on art, philosophy and religion, particularly Leonardo da Vinci, whom I feel is greatest example on which to aim. Additional influences are Japanese "Bushido" and "Dandyism" as a basis for life perspectives along with 1970s culture, especially record album covers and movie posters.

Atsuki Settangeli official site -DRAGON RISING-
https://www.facebook.com/Settangeli/

 

Exhibition Committee

 

Lafcadio Hearn vs. Mokujiki Shonin: The stories of two nomads
Kamikiri (paper cutting artwork) by Katsuyuki Yagi

Exhibition Aug. 3 - Sept. 6, 2019
Aug. 5 (Mon.) opening reception 19:00 - 21:00 VIP Room

Lafcadio Hearn, also known by his Japanese name Yakumo Koizumi, was a writer known for his books about Japan, particularly Yokai stories of supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore. Originally born in Greece, he was raised in Dublin, educated in England and France, and worked in United State before moving to Japan in 1890. In addition to Hearn's writings, he taught literature at Tokyo and Wasuda universities, influencing many well-known Japanese writers at that time.

The other subject of this exhibition is Mokujiki Shonin, a wondering monk and artist who traveled throughout Japan depositing his smiling Buddha sculptures at the sacred sites he visited. During his pilgrimage which took him from the northern part Hokkaido to the southern island of Kyushu, Mokujiki Shonin made over a thousand of "Min-gei" sculptures, the name that has been given to describe freedom and harshness of nature and the innocence of this artwork.

Katsuyuki Yagi
Born in Yaizu, Shizuoka in 1947 and began to specialize in papercutting art while working as a history and literature museum curator. Katsuyuki's unique artworks are created by cutting authentic Chinese papers with traditional hand-made scissors. It is like the "kamikiri" performances seen in the Japanese theater, Katsuyuki constructs his artwork using a high-speed paper-cutting technique. His artworks are highly acclaimed in Lafcadio Hearn's alma mater in England and Mokujiki Shonin's birthplace in Yamanashi prefecture. As always, Katsuyuki's traveling scissors depict not only the spirit of the people, but also the power of the land.

Katsuyuki Yagi 350p

The Exhibition Committee

 

OYAKO (Parents and Children)
Group Photography Exhibition
July 8- August 9, 2019

Oyako Day is on the 4th Sunday of July and in celebration of that special bond, this month's exhibition is a group show featuring images of parents and children in Japan and overseas. Photographs from China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Mongolia, to Syria, Palestine, Ethiopia, Uruguay, United States, and under the sea are included in this show. The pictures were selected from a mix of 25 well-known and up-and-coming photographers who have focused their cameras on parents and children.

Recently, fights between oyako have been featured in the news, which highlights the difficulties that we are facing not only as a family, but also in the society as a whole. The parents are the first bond for the newborn baby and it is the base on which all future relationships are built. The weakness or strength this foundation can lead to becoming part of the problem or part of the solution when dealing with social issues such as domestic violence, addiction, and mental health. We are all here because we are part of a long unbroken chain of life. If we appreciate the life we were given, then shouldn't we be more concerned about the world we leave for future generations?

The Exhibition Committee would like to express our gratitude to all the photographers who are participating in this exhibition along with our appreciation to The Photographic Society of Japan for introducing cameramen from other countries.

Photographers
Jigmed Bayarmagnai, Everett Kennedy Brown, Mikel Flamm, Haruking, Yoshiro HIigai, Taishi Hirokawa, Tomoki Hirokawa, Yoshi Itokawa, Anisur Khondoker, Tadashi Kumagai, Shisei Kuwabara, Zaw Min, Bahan Nguyen, Junya Nishikawa, Ikuo Nakamura, Kazuyoshi Nomachi, Bruce Osborn, Eiichiro Sakata, Kyo Shimizu, Mayumi Takahashi, Mira Takahashi, Herbie Yamaguchi, Natsuki Yasuda, Taisuke Yokoyama, Megumi Yoshitake

Sakata Eiichiro NYC 300p

photo by Eiichiro Sakata

The Exhibition Committee

 

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