John L. Tran

For John L. Tran's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The art of architecture and photography

Sep 18, 2018

The art of architecture and photography

The current exhibition at Archi-Depot, "A Gaze into Architecture: Phases of Contemporary Photography and Architecture" features the work of 13 artists, of whom more than half are Japanese. All the work is exceptional.

Indulging in post-apocalyptic nostalgia

Sep 4, 2018

Indulging in post-apocalyptic nostalgia

With a theme of total annihilation and a techno-horror aesthetic, Hiroki Tsukuda's exhibition at Nanzuka sounds like it would be grim, but this isn't the work of a hopeless nihilist.

Mami Kosemura says it with flowers

Aug 14, 2018

Mami Kosemura says it with flowers

Where Flemish still-life painters combined fruit, vegetables and flowers that could not normally be picked in the same season, and portrayed them together in an imaginary, but highly realistic pictorial space, Kosemura uses contemporary tools to achieve the same with photographic detail.

Swedish roots in Japan's taxonomy

Aug 7, 2018

Swedish roots in Japan's taxonomy

While Japan's historical sakoku period of isolation may have limited any contact it had with Sweden what did transpire between the two nations is of historical, scientific and artistic importance.

Bertrand Lavier's 'Medley' blows hot and cold

Jul 31, 2018

Bertrand Lavier's 'Medley' blows hot and cold

Bertrand Lavier seems to relish messing with our cognitive dissonance. As the self-taught artist, who originally studied horticulture, put it in a 2016 interview, "Art is a matter of paradoxes on nearly every level."

Tokyo art space battles against the current

Jul 15, 2018

Tokyo art space battles against the current

Repurposing old buildings to show art is becoming increasingly mainstream in Japan, but the route by which Koichiro Osaka ended up creating the Asakusa gallery has been circuitous, and an odd mix of chance and determination.

Bridget Riley: The art world's illusionist

Jun 19, 2018

Bridget Riley: The art world's illusionist

A very concise review of the Bridget Riley exhibition at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, would be this: Barring those who are prone to motion sickness, go and see it. This applies equally to predisposed art buffs who already know and appreciate ...