Mystery sculpture along Nagano river generating a buzz

National Feb 12, 2015

Mystery sculpture along Nagano river generating a buzz

A mystery stone sculpture that someone created along the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture has left some residents puzzled and others seeing it as a good opportunity to generate interest in their mountain community. The sculpture, which is now about 2 meters tall, first began ...

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Oct 2, 2014

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Dutch artist Theo Jansen first started creating his signature "Strandbeest" ("Beach Animal") works in 1990. These huge objects, a combination of art and science, are made mostly out of plastic tubes and can walk by themselves using the power of the wind. Fifteen of Jansen's ...

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

Art Feb 5, 2014

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

by Matthew Larking

Masato Kodama's sculptures are concerned with light, gravity and air. For him, light is a symbol of tomorrow and potential futures, gravity represents the present and the past, and air is associated with memory.

Somewhere between art and craft lies the beauty of Satoshi Someya

Art Dec 11, 2013

Somewhere between art and craft lies the beauty of Satoshi Someya

by Matthew Larking

Satoshi Someya has produced a cerebrally engaging and visually alluring exhibition. His "Digesting Decoration" positions him among the most significant contemporary lacquer artists working today. The primary concern is with "use," as in the particularly utilitarian function of craft, as opposed to the ostensible ...

South Korea college to receive donation of carved bird sculptures

National Nov 26, 2013

South Korea college to receive donation of carved bird sculptures

A Sapporo-based collector of Korean wooden bird sculptures plans to donate his collection to a South Korean college in hopes of helping thaw strained relations between Japan and South Korea. Haruo Yahashi, 79, owner of a surveying firm, has collected 140 such artworks, many of ...

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

Art Oct 9, 2013

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

by David Labi

It's difficult to say something new about the Holocaust in face of an immense body of work produced over seven decades. Consequently more outlandish forms of expression are often required to inspire a fresh reaction. Israeli artist Gil Yefman works with text, textures and textiles, ...

Buddha sculpted out of kids' snacks

National Sep 19, 2013

Buddha sculpted out of kids' snacks

by Kanami Otomitsu

For several years artist Koshi Kawachi has been putting a favorite children's snack called "umaibo" to an unusual use — sculpting the puffed corn sticks into little statues of the Buddha. At his home in Tokyo he has 107 of these "Umaibutsu" ("Tasty Buddha") under ...

'Hung Yi: Happy Animal Party'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jul 24, 2013

'Hung Yi: Happy Animal Party'

by Alisa Yamasaki

This is the first solo exhibition in Japan of Taiwanese artist Hung Yi, who is known for his colorful sculptures of people and animals. Hung's work fills three gallery spaces with some of the pieces also on display outdoors. His animated and personified interpretations ...

'Ujino Pop/Life'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Mar 28, 2013

'Ujino Pop/Life'

by Tomohiro Osaki

Muneteru Ujino is renowned for his "sound sculptures" — art objects for which sound is integral. He often experiments with home appliances such as lamps and electric drills, and his combination of art and music has led to comparisons with Luigi Russollo, the Italian ...