Dec. 1999 - 16 Jan. 2000
produced by Gallery éf
From 1999 to 2000, Gallery ef and Kin Taii collaborated to create images for the new millennium. The garden of 2000 roses (ground floor) expressed the past millennium. The living flower had begun to wither, it expressed the life passing by in a natural circle.
On the moment we crossed the millenniun, we had a live visual performance with Kin Taii in a very calm and spiritual atmospher. His visual was projected onto the 2000 of rose garden and the wall of the space.
After the performance 1 Jan.2000, 1st floor was opened. The visual image was projected on a huge sphere expressed the birth of life and circulation. It expressed the coming millennium.
At cafe, computer graphics by Kin taii expressed androgyny - image of a future creature.
All works expressed the image of millennium. 30 of private supporter bought each 20 roses to achieve this project and share this special term with Gallery ef.
the visual of Kin Taii projected onto 2000 of rose garden.
produced by: Gallery éf
Tofu pudding is
one of the traditional foods of Japan.It is made of soybeans.
flyer design: ben graphique
collaborate exhibition at cafe
"Go and smash
your head on the corner of Tofu brick !"
produced by: Tomo Suzuki
blood contained hundreds of small metal balls (PACHINKO) placed
on a white blanket. It melted ittle by little. The audience watched
the process. The size was 15 cm square. It took four hours to melt.
Old Chinese house, especially owned by upper class people, had their private back gardens. The owners loved the place and spent a lot of time. We can imagine many life events in that place; doomed love, pleasure and pain, life and death. Upper class people transformed those events into art work such as literature, music and sumi-paintings. The place was a source of art.Zhang Shao Jun has thought about this scenery. He saw the back garden inside an old Japanese warehouse in downtown Tokyo. He expressed these old images using modern technics such as computer graphics, photographs and sumi paintings.Zhang Shao Jun says, "If you visit this place, you will be a main character in the back garden"
Gallery éf the 3rd anniversary Exhibition
produced by Gallery ef
Vision presented by :
Ko Soda has been making his original shoes, called as "KO SHOES". In this spring, he released a new brand called "RLRL" and opened temporary new shop in gallery ef, Asakusa, Tokyo.For this shop, he made five conceptual shoes, which symbolize "RLRL".
art works : ben graphique
May - 18 Jun.
of beginning of the world. All things on the Earth are not for human beings,
just for themselves.
Chrysanthemums are constantly changing as a flower. The challenge to creat new kinds of flowers started 1500 years ago in China. Why have chrysanthemum fascinated people for such a long time ? Ayako Fujino is looking for the answer by drawing chrysanthemums. She expresses their exquisite beauty.
In this exhibition, she exhibited large scale drawings and created her own room especially for reading "Illustrated book" , together with drawings of creatures.
This project consists of four related elements: two artist-run workshops with children from Sumida Kindergarten, a site specific exhibition by 12 artists in the kindergarten, an exhibition of the results of the workshops re-installed using projection technology at Gallery ef in Asakusa, and an installation in the gallery space of The Sumida Adult Learning Centre (designed by Hasegawa Itsuko) where each participating artist as well as the curators and staff are given one kindergarten table on which to make their own micro exhibition. The results of a survey on the artists careers as artists will also be available for reading here.
Sonia Robertson is an Ilnu artist from Mashteuiatsh, Canada.
The piece that was hung in the center of the place was sacred object designed to contact the holy spirit. It was made from eagle, hawk and goose feather, horse hair and Sonia's hair. It gave a holy energy to this place and people and fueled Sonia's creativity.
The beads were both stitched on to pieces of silk cloth which were hung from the ceiling, and placed on the photos taken by Sonia. These photos were projected onto the silk cloth. There was a breathtaking (but unintentional) spiritual symmetry with the exhibition upstairs.
Installation with paulownia and cotton thread expressing the "circulation-spiral" of the universe. Audience could walk and swim in the sea of thread.
I've been interested in the structure of the world.
Masashi Kawamoto, May 2000
Sep. -9 Oct.
experience changes to words through the filter called "poet",
and when these poems meet the right people, communication starts.
Sep. -16 Nov.
exhibition at : Contemporary
"In The Family Way"
This exhibition is made up of "outer - casing goods for home electric appliances, Shirakaba series" and expresses a life scene as a diorama. However, this situation is unrealistic and unrepresentative for Japanese people. This is not a western, oriental nor a Japanese living environment, but a pseudo living environment which is extracted from all sorts of phenomenon.
Oct. - 19 Nov.
Nov. - 25 Dec.
What do you protect with OMAMORI ?
accident hazard mishap trouble concern complaint disease distemper illness malady sickness unsoundness common nuisance stress plague disaster public hazard affliction burden public nuisance environmental destruction environmental pollution adversity trial lurgy...
Humans have a self-protective instinct. Most of us rely on protective gods to keep away bad luck, by always keeping these gods close by.
Japanese carry these lucky charms at all times. For us, this is very meaningful to have faith in the charm.However, in modern Japanese society, the fundamental meaning of the lucky charm is getting lost. Most of us visit temples or shrines at New Year time and buy a new lucky charm. At this time of year, we are acutely aware of the charm's power of protection. For most people, the main purpose of this New Year visit is to purchase a new charm.
How about you ?
text : Shujiro Murayama