If you are interested in emerging artists or finding a new talented artists, you can’t miss this art fair called TOKYO FRONTLINE.
TOKYO FRONTLINE is a young art fair which mainly focuses on emerging Japanese artists with future potential.? Started last year, the fair which is in its second edition tries aggressively promoting the artists by developing art products, collaborating with a department store to decorate their show windows or making a TV show which introduces young artists. you can meet the one who has just made its debut to the art fair.
Let’s see the variety of fresh expression earlier than nobody else!
When I went through the entrance, the first work I saw was this one. It is a photographed scenery, although which is breaking down as if it is pulled down by the gravity. Though TOKYO FRONTLINE is an art fair, this work was not on sale and was even not presented by a gallery, but presented by the fair itself. For the young promising artist like Kim, the fair believes that it is important to rise gallerists or buyers’ attention to the artist first and not just focusing on selling the work. So the artist could find a partner gallerists who will help them to grow up.
This work is made by using lenticular lenses that gives us a 3D image. When you approach the work, you will see an illusion of depth. That takes you to another place beyond the wall.
I’m so sorry that I couldn’t show this work as it appears!
This work is a collection of thermometers. The red liquid goes up and down according to the temperature, as if it were alive!
At the first glance, Ryo Owada “Wine Collection”series are like abstract images. But they are actual vintage wines, shot from outside of the bottle and has been taken out the color of the bottle digitally. The appearance is abstract, but once you heard its story, it suddenly changes its appearance to a concrete object. Very interesting work.
Another Azito’s partner booth showed an impressive exhibition.
As you approach the work, you will notice that the picture that looked like one sheet is actually a reconstruction of small pieces of photos. The artist cuts a photograph he took, and places each piece like drawing a picture. Since it is placed on a transparent plastic plate the white part is the actual wall behind which you are seeing through.
This work looks like a real mailing package. But….it’s actually a ceramic! Can you believe this?
This apparently a wall-hanging work is actually a broach. You can enjoy it both as a jewelry and an artwork! Contemporary jewelry is a new style of art that you can wear.
This bracelet exists only 4 editions in the whole world. One of them is preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Looks like a showcase in a fashion store.
Here is a new sales zone ,where art works are shown in an exhibition style, beyond the frame of participated galleries. For this year, the theme was “emotional material”.
TOKYO FRONTLINE made a partnership with amana group to find a new talent who will carry the photograph’s future by awarding a prize and providing them a chance to show at this section. The four artists shown at the image above were awarded last year.
One of the interesting attempt of this art fair is the collaboration with other creative platform including “SANDWICH” lead by one of the most talented artist Kohei Nawa in Japan among the new generation. Nawa selected several young artists who are based in Kyoto.
Special work is planed for this art fair by Kohei Nawa. Only one person can get a right to order a 3D degital modeling sculpture of himself/herself or his/her designated person. This work will be put into an archive of the artist, and might be exhibited in a museum in the future…?!
This is also a custom-made portrait work.
Familiar artist for Azito, Kenji Yanobe actually drew this drawing on a refrigerator with a magic Marker! Surprisingly, you can actually use it.
Those three works are now on sale at Online Artstore “Living with ARTS” by P.C. x TFL.
Imagine, the life with the art works like these….. Every day will surely be super happy!
text and photo by Yoshiko Anetai
Date: Feb 24, 2012 – Feb 26, 2012
Place: 3331 Arts Chiyoda
Address: 6-11-14 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda ku, Tokyo, Japan