'Taylor Deupree: Unseen'

| Apr 23, 2010

"Taylor Deupree: Unseen"

NADiff ClosesApril 25 Forget a diary with words. Instead, picture a cloudless sky, an empty street and a snow-filled forest. A year in the life of American artist Taylor Deupree is displayed in a new exhibition at NADiff in Ebisu, with one Polaroid snap ...

The colorful visions of a perpetual tourist

Mar 26, 2010

The colorful visions of a perpetual tourist

Beneath a hazy moon, a party is in full swing at a mountainside terrace overlooking the endless twinkling lights of a city that may or may not be Los Angeles. Barbecues are glowing, music is playing and bottles are emptying. But revelers are not ...

Motherly love, both romantic and vulgar

Feb 19, 2010

Motherly love, both romantic and vulgar

A naked mother radiates maternal happiness as she beams at the camera with her peachy-skinned wide-eyed baby clasped to her chest. Nearby, piercing blue eyes and oddly elongated ears frame a face attached to a wooden body with women’s breasts and a solitary truncated ...

Have fun and play with your food

Dec 18, 2009

Have fun and play with your food

I slip a red dress over my head. The silhouette is fashionably curved, the fabric luxuriously soft and the hemline festooned with small red bobbles. But this is no ordinary fashion frock: Upon closer inspection, it is the sartorial equivalent of a tongue. Food ...

'CONSTELLATION 2'

| Dec 11, 2009

'CONSTELLATION 2'

Yuka Sasahara Gallery Dec. 26 A photograph without a camera: The concept may sound as naked as a table without legs. But the creation of images using photographic techniques without an actual camera is the focal point of a new exhibition by artist Saori ...

Tokyo's rising tide of design

Oct 29, 2009

Tokyo's rising tide of design

Giant chairs, floating clouds and abstract boxes: forget anything as commercial as wanting to sell a product. Hordes of creatives from all four corners of the globe are this week descending on Tokyo for the city’s annual Designers Week. And firmly rooted at the ...

A detour through the artist's mind

Oct 23, 2009

A detour through the artist's mind

A scarlet fish head, the silhouette of a tree and a burned-out hole surrounded by scribbled thoughts may at first sight appear to inhabit different worlds. But upon closer inspection, the starting point for all these creations is the same: a pristine white notepad. ...

A modern front to traditional art

Oct 9, 2009

A modern front to traditional art

‘This is the maximum number of people that should ever come in here,” says Kengo Kuma, glancing toward a small group of people murmuring quietly in front of a nearby Buddha statue. “It’s much nicer when it’s empty.” The presence of people may have ...

Timothy Saccenti: Garden of Unearthly Delights

| Aug 21, 2009

Timothy Saccenti: Garden of Unearthly Delights

Diesel Denim Gallery, Tokyo Closes Nov. 8 The two naked women possess endless limbs and long blond hair — but there ends any similarity with conventional ideals of feminine beauty. For their bodies are crowned not with pretty faces but pointy green masks from ...

The 'big bang' at Echigo-Tsumari

Aug 7, 2009

The 'big bang' at Echigo-Tsumari

It is a picture-book perfect shrine. Tiny and tranquil, it is framed by a red gateway at the top of a winding forest path. But there is one surprising intrusion on the scene: a shiny Coca-Cola bench matching the vermilion hue of the shrine ...