Art, with the stroke of a heated pen

Oct 23, 2013

Art, with the stroke of a heated pen

by Hisashi Sasaki

As an artist working in the medium of pyrography, Soji Hamada must execute every stroke of his heated pen with precision as he burns images of birds and animals into wood. Pyrography does not permit “another try once you make a mistake in drawing ...

Tadasu Takamine's not so 'Cool Japan'

Feb 7, 2013

Tadasu Takamine's not so 'Cool Japan'

by James Jack

In May 2011, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry promoted the idea of “Cool Japan,” presenting Japanese culture as a product amid the confusing circumstances after the Great East Japan Earthquake. As Japan continues to suffer a declining population and weak economy, it ...

Is this the art of noise?

Feb 7, 2013

Is this the art of noise?

by C.B. Liddell

If art is something that you want to feel comfortable with in your home, then Haroon Mirza is probably not your man. As the winner of the 2012 Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, British-born, ethnic-Pakistani artist Mirza is being introduced to Tokyo’s art connoisseurs with ...

Infectious artwork that spreads ideas

Feb 7, 2013

Infectious artwork that spreads ideas

by Stuart Munro

“On Mosquitoes Human and Other Animals” is the work of artist Beatriz Inglessis in collaboration with three other people: philosopher Suzanne McCullagh, education specialist Renee Jackson and gallery curator Shai Ohayon. The latest show at The Container gallery in Nakameguro, it’s the result of ...

'Noguchi Rika: The light reaching the future'

Dec 15, 2011

'Noguchi Rika: The light reaching the future'

by C.B. Liddell

Izu Photo Museum Closes March 4 One of the main reasons painting moved away from the representational and figurative in the 20th century was because of the invention of photography, the previous century. But now photography, too, seems to be moving away from the ...

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

| Aug 7, 2011

Tadanori Yokoo: An artist by design

by Edan Corkill

In conversation, Tadanori Yokoo jumps nimbly between the past and the present. One moment he’s watching the sky glow red as bombs rain down on Kobe during World War II. The next he’s riding in a taxi with Yukio Mishima. And then he’s back ...