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Souzou: Japanese Outsider Art

The Wall Street Journal’s Japan Realtime reports on an interesting show at London’s Wellcome Collection, “Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan”. The venue is intriguing – a home for the collection of a wealthy pharmaceutical magnate who traveled the world and collected art and objects related to medicine – an interesting residence for this particular group show. The artists are all disabled beneficiaries of Japan’s social welfare program, Haretari Kumottari, which is engaged in the arts as a means of self-expression for marginalized members of society. Over 300 pieces represent the work of “disabled” people with no formal training in the arts, but an uncanny knack for creativity and imaginative expression. They look like a pretty capable bunch to me. The...

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Art Exhibition: Featherweight

Art Exhibition. Featherweight at West LA College curated by friend and artist Kio Griffith features a roster of artists including many from Japan who came to LA for an art fair. The reason for it to be “Featherweight”? Partially as a concept and challenge but also as a means to deal with the exorbitant prices of shipping, the pieces are mostly compact, deceptively light, but also fun. There are traditional 2d works mixed in with sculptures, some from playing cards and typical off the shelf umbrellas, to sculptures made from other light weight objects. (Rafu - Featherweight) That’s me making a sound to activate the Flora Kao sculpture. [youtube]a8kHoWLjIFs&feature=share&list=UUdgef1qFB7kPekTvRwzka0g[/youtube] [nggallery id=featherweight]

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Japan’s Mono-ha Art Movement

Lee Ufan, Relatum   Sekine Nobuo, Phase—Mother Earth   Before this article, I’ve barely heard of this movement, but thanks to a big exhibition, collectors who are paying high dollars, the work is getting it’s due. The movement appears to have lasted just a short period from 68-73. Mono-ha means, “School of Things” and appears to be minimal and at times, almost religious. Lee Ufan, a Korean born artist might be the biggest name and has had exhibitions at the Guggenheim and Blum and Poe. Coming soon in 2012 will be a Mono-ha exhibition at Blum and Poe that will take up their entire Culver City space. It’s a huge location and the exhibition should be museum worthy. The rest...

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