‘Recycle Art’ exhibition opens at Tokyo gallery

Kyodo

A unique art exhibition featuring works made from recycled commodities opened Wednesday at a small Tokyo gallery, with 33 cartoonists and animators contributing their creations.

Among over 60 showpieces at the eighth “Recycle Art Exhibition” are a dress made from white plastic grocery bags, an old cloth bag with an illustration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s face on it and a picture frame made from a broken TV set.

Cartoonist Yoji Kuri, one of the pioneers of Japan’s animation scene and organizer of the annual exhibition since 2006, said, “I opened this exhibition to say ‘Don’t throw away old stuff.’

“Actually, I myself have made works using old stuff for dozens of years. Now, I am happy because many friends, including young artists, have joined me,” said Kuri, 85.

Kuri contributed nine pieces to the exhibition that he created from various materials provided by his wife, such as a miso barrel, a cloth bag and a pouch.

The exhibit runs till June 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at art space kimura ASK? in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. Admission is free, but “Recycle Art” is closed Sundays.