German-based Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi holds his debut exhibition in Kansai region. The show is a part of the art festival which is addressing the theme of “Railway and Travel” and featuring exhibitions, talk and performance events at multi-venues on Keihan railway line. Tatzu Nishi was chosen as a main artist of the festival, at the same time he has curated exhibitions and events by himself. Guest artists are two manga artists, Yuichi Yokoyama, Shiriagari Kotobuki and performers, contact Gonzo, Jecko Siompo, Kim Ito and Fuyuki Yamakawa. Here let us share with you a report of two main exhibitions from the art festival “Nishino Travelers – What’s our destination?”.
Yuichi Yokoyama is presenting his original drawings from “Travel (East Press, 2006)” at a cozy riverside gallery called Nakanoshima Banks CENTER-A. Yuichi Yokoyama is a manga artist who has gained a reputation for his boldly original works defined as “Neo Manga” by himself. He started his career as a manga artist after graduating from oil painting course of Musashino Art University. One major reason why he chose manga is it has an ability to express the flow of time. His “Travel” depicts the train journey made by three oddly emotionless characters totally without dialogue. Today his works filled with hyper-stylized characters and futuristic landscapes are appreciated as graphic arts rather than manga. Yuichi Yokoyama exhibition is also held at another venue, Antenna Media in Kyoto.
Yuichi Yokoyama exhibition is organized in cooperation with Osaka Canvas Project.
Meanwhile Tatzu Nishi exhibition is held at Art Area B1 which is a multipurpose space located in Naniwabashi underground station. Tatzu Nishi is widely known for his large-scale outdoor installation which have involved the building of rooms around public monuments or architectural elements. In this indoor exhibition, his site-specific approach and mix-up of private and public are still powerfully used for the works such as “Keihan Line Mega Guide Map” or “Internet cafe”.
Lastly, we convey Nishi’s message from the exhibition leaflet, “I like artists who are going beyond the boundaries of existing art. I put my spirit into festival subtitle “what’s our destination?”. For me, this means “what’s a destination of art?”, wishing more artists would be groundbreaking and unpredictable”. Discover the most challenging and unpredictable artists by yourself here.
text and photo by Natsuki Niimi
Date: Oct 22 – Dec 25, 2011
Place and Address: Art Area B1, 1-1-1 Nakanoshima, Kitaku, Osaka, Japan
Nakanoshima Banks CENTER-A, 5-3-60 Nakanoshima, Kitaku, Osaka, Japan
Antenna Media, 563, shimourokogata-cho, Gojo-agaru, Fuyacho-dori,
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto,Japan