Yu Araki: What you get is what you see

Art May 28, 2019

Yu Araki: What you get is what you see

by John L. Tran

The minimalist elegance of Yu Araki's "Le Souvenir Du Japon" at first seems to be an affirmation of civilization and the redemptive possibilities of beauty; however, within the gorgeous setup is a postcolonial ambivalence about the social and historical conditions of "taste."

Sci-fi and fact at the Okayama Art Summit

Art Oct 18, 2016

Sci-fi and fact at the Okayama Art Summit

by Cameron Allan Mckean

The city of Okayama was flattened by incendiary bombs in 1945. Many people died, more than 12,000 homes were destroyed and Okayama's centuries-old wooden castle burned to its stone foundations. In 1966, the donjon was rebuilt with modern concrete, which was likely made in ...

Symbolic olives trace the journey of Catholics in Japan

Art Apr 16, 2014

Symbolic olives trace the journey of Catholics in Japan

by Mio Coxon

Japanese-born artist Yu Araki is currently presenting his site-specific video installation "Angelo Lives," (2014) at Nakameguro's quirky The Container art space. Literally a shipping container housed inside a hair salon, the small gallery is known for giving artists free rein to reinterpret the unique space, ...