This exhibit (2010/07/26-08/07) by Hayama Yukie (葉山幸恵展) at Nabis Gallery (なびす画廊) consists of paintings similar to the one shown on the promotional card. Viewed on a hot summer day, the cool colors were nice to look at.
This exhibit (2010/07/26-08/01) of nihonga pictures by Sasao Yuko (笹尾優子) at Serikawa Gallery (芹川画廊) includes several interesting pictures. My favorite was an amazing underwater picture of a polar bear diving into the water. The artist told me she was inspired to paint the picture after seeing a polar bear dive into a pool at a zoo (seen from below the water line).
This exhibit (2010/07/26-31) of nihonga art by Fukakaya Yuki (深萱由希展) at Art Gallery Ishi (アートギャラリー石) includes several interesting images - with the one featured on the promotional card the warmest, with its use of orange/red colors exclusively. The picture on the neighboring wall - of a whale - I liked best, I think.
This exhibit (2010/07/24-08/07) by Fuji Hidemasa (藤井秀全展) at Tamura Akio Gallery was quite interesting - with pictures painted on the walls with lights from hanging panels of LED lights (seen in the second picture below).
藤井秀全展 / Tamura Akio Gallery
There were also some boxes with a ring of LED lights creating a colorful patten on the translucent front of the boxes.
(Incidentally, this gallery was the *only* gallery I visited that day that was cool enough for me to lose some unwanted heat build up and dry out a little.)
This exhibit (2010/07/26-31) by Kawano Yoko (河野陽子) at Gallery Musashi ギャラリームサシ) consisted of a variety of styles and sizes. The picture on the promotional card was one of the larger pictures at the exhibit.
This exhibit (2010/07/26-31) by Morigaki Yuriko (森垣友里子) at Gallery Kobo (巷房) consisted of large paintings - one of which is shown on the promotional card here (which happened to be the picture I liked the most out of the collection).
This exhibit (2010/07/19-24) by Koto Noriko (古藤典子) at Gallery Gen (ギャラリー現) consisted of a set of images similar to the one on the promotional card, with slight variations in shading, and with one of the images having some maroon coloring in it (which I preferred to the others without any color at all).
This exhibit (2010/07/21) of Polaroid pictures in water (水の中のポラロイド) at Shashin Ginko (写真銀行) was not by design. Not the water part anyway! The pictures were carefully laid out on the floor - as you can see here:
With the section on the left (close up above) becoming a victim to an apparent crack in the building's foundation that allows water to leak into this basement gallery from time to time.
No one was there when I walked in to see the exhibit, so I took the above pictures and then told another gallery owner about the flooding, and they called the owner of Shashin Ginko and then told the building manager.
What has happened, is that the construction of the large building immediately next to the Okuno Building has damaged the Okuno Building's foundation, and in addition to cracks appearing throughout the building where the A-half sits next to the B-half, this room has water leaks (coinciding with the construction project next-door) due to cracks in the side wall of the underground foundation.
Soon after the above pictures were taken, the building manager called someone at the construction site and a group of hardhat wearing young men came over with a pile of towels to mop up the water....
Brilliant. Every time water leaks through the foundation, they come over and *thoughtfully* mop up the water, say it has nothing to do with them (owning up to the damage they have caused and actually fixing it would be expensive) and then they go away, as though mopping up the water fixes the problem....
What they need to do is dig up the sidewalk in front of the building and dig down to where the leak is, and fix it from the outside of the wall. The extensiveness of the damage to the foundation (under the building) should also be carefully investigated and repaired.
This photo exhibition (2010/07/18-27) of pictures taken in Hokkaido by Tobari Yoshihiko (戸張良彦) at Shibata Etsuko Gallery (柴田悦子画廊) consisted of many fine photographs, highlighting the best aspects of photography, such as a brief moment of dramatic mountains, sky and lowering dark clouds (which changed soon after the picture was taken). As a painting, you would doubt it, but in the photograph you sense it was a rare scene that, fortunately for the photographer - and you - the photographer was able to record.
In the set of blue photos on the promotional card (similarly displayed at the exhibition), the photographer spent many cold days taking macro photos of ice - with the light from clear skies providing the blue. Again - as you study the pictures, you feel a sense of wonder at how amazing reality can be, and a sense of appreciation for the photographer/artist discovering these beautiful pieces of reality - ones you would otherwise likely never have been able to see and enjoy.
This exhibition (2010/07/14-31) by Iwao Etsuko (岩尾恵都子) is being held in two galleries (both on the 5th floor of the Okuno Building) simultaneously - at APS and Gallery Camellia (APSとギャラリーカメリア). I had complicated feelings about the exhibit - some elements I really liked, and others I didn't feel in agreement with.
Doing a Google search for the artist, I didn't find an English page regarding him, but did find a site in Japanese that appears to be about this artist (although I can't say for certain - it could be someone else with the same name): http://www.japandesign.jp/GALLERY/NOW/nakagawahisashi/
This exhibition (2010/07/19-24) by Sakakibara Masanobu (榊原正修) at Gallery La Mer (ギャラリーLaMer) was quite interesting to contemplate. The artist appears to be experimenting with different styles, materials, patterns, etc. I enjoyed looking over the art and discussing it with the gallery owner (the artist wasn't there when I visited).
This exhibition (2010/07/19-24) of nihonga art (painted onto silk) by Aso Shiho (麻生志保) at Gallery Tomo (ぎゃらりぃ朋) consisted of images similar to the one depicted on the promotional postcard. My favorite was a different image, one that the artist had edited into two images from what started as a larger picture, but the color and style on the promotional card accurately indicates the style and colors of the collection on display.
This exhibit (2010/07/19-24) by Yamakawa Miyuki (山川美雪展) at Gallery Kobo (巷房) consists of an interesting collection of ceramic pieces similar to the one depicted on the promotional postcard. Looking at the piece, you might imagine that the lines are where different slabs of ceramic were joined, but in fact the piece in the picture was created out of a solid block of clay, and the lines were applied with... iron powder (if I understood the artist's explanation correctly).
This exhibit by Umetsu Hideyuki (梅津秀行) at Ginza Ono Gallery-2 (小野画廊-2) consists of woodblock prints - from the rather large one featured on the promotional postcard, to a few much smaller pictures. It's a nice effect, with the result having a soft appearance - as though it were printed on cloth instead of paper (but it was paper...).
This Is a group exhibit (2010/07/18-24) by Ishino Akiko (石野明子), Osa Michiko (長美智子), and Machio (マチヲ) at Gallery Platform Studio (ギャラリープラットフォームスタジオ), with photos by Ishino Akiko and pictures by the other two artists. Of the three, only the photographer was there when I visited, so I couldn't discuss all the pictures with the respective artists, but did discuss the photographs, which are carefully compiled composite pictures.
At this exhibit (2010/07/10-19) by Tomikawa Kazuhiko (富川和彦) at Gallery-403 (ギャラリー403) in the Okuno Building, there was a wide range of art - including items such as the accessory on the promotional postcard. My personal favorite was a multi-surface mirror that looked nice and was interesting (and fun) to look at from different angles.
富川和彦 / ギャラリー403
Room-403 (as the second room over from the corner, it seems as though it should be 402... the owner may have changed the room number for a luckier number? - The next gallery down is a combination of two rooms with the dividing wall knocked down, so there would be an extra number floating about... I'll have to look into this!) has the nicest arrangement of live plants in the planter in front of the window. (Photo by Lyle H Saxon, copyright 2010)
This exhibit (2010/07/12-17) by Mogi Tatsuji (茂木達二) at Nabis Gallery (なびす画廊) made use of the large amount of empty space between the walls in this gallery with global pictures (see my photo below the promotional postcard). It made it fun to walk about in the space and look over the art. To show this effect somewhat, I took a video clip (with permission) that shows some of that aspect of the experience.
There were some great pictures at this Group Exhibit (2010/07/11-17) at Gallery Platform Studio ギャラリー プラットフォームスタジオ. My favorite art at this exhibit was the blue-themed art you can see in the back of the room - on the left in my photo (see photo below promotional postcard below). One picture in particular I really liked intensely - the vertical blue/turquoise/etc. one - which is the one without a frame at the top left of the set.
The promotional postcard for this exhibition (2010/07/12-17) presents it as a joint exhibit by Fukuda Takeyoshi (福田武芳) and Toyoda Kinoko (とよ田キノ子), but all three of the rooms comprising the Kobo (巷房) gallery were utilized, with one artist using two and the other artist the remaining room, so this was essencially two exhibitions - "Cambodian Taxi Driver", with a movie storyboard style of photographs taken in Cambodia, and "Mushroom Meets Girl", pictures (not photos) of hybrid women/mushrooms (see Toyoda Kinoko's blog for photos of how the pictures were made).
The photos of Cambodia were interesting to contemplate, as the viewer could follow the two characters (acting out a fictional storyline) around in Cambodia and get a feeling somewhat for the atmosphere there - quite interesting, since Cambodia isn't a country most people have visited yet.
While in the smallest of Kobo's three display spaces under the stairs in the basement, I took the photo above and also a short video clip (link under photo) - in which you can hear somewhat the cool echoes the room produces if you feed it the right sound waves.
This exhibit (2010/07/12-17) by Marimura Mimi (麻利邑みみ) at Art Space Ginza One (アートスペース銀座ワン) consisted of a series of pictures featuring the character "Alice" - apparently based on an actual person who models for the artist.
麻利邑みみ / アートスペース銀座ワン
An interesting thing about this exhibition for me is that the cat in the promotional postcard picture reminded me of my old cat, and a couple of the depictions of the model reminded me of someone I know.
This exhibit (2010/07/11-16) by Furudate Kouichi (古館幸一展) at Art Gallery Ishi (アートギャラリー石) consisted of large-scale nihonga paintings (a part of one shown on the promotional postcard). My favorite image was of a brooding and mysterious primate - the sort of picture that you would ponder each time you saw it if it were hanging on the wall of a friend's place.
This group Nihonga exhibition (2010/07/09-17) at Shibata Etsuko Gallery (柴田悦子画廊) consists of Nihonga images from eight different artists - a slice of one picture from each artist appearing on the promotional postcard.
This is both a project and exhibition run by the artist Kano Enryu (狩野炎立). The project name is "Project Mt. Fuji (富士山を世界に)" and an exhibition (2010/07/08-13) of some of the pictures (made by Kano Enryu and many other artists) is at Gallery G2 in Ginza. There are some fantastic pictures on display, so this is definitely recommended.
This room (501 in the Ginza Okuno Building) began life as an apartment in 1932, and at some point began to be used as an office, and just recently, a new tenant has moved in and opened a plant shop called "Mokuhan". [Update: Mokuhan has moved to a new address and is no longer in the Okuno Building.]
mokuhan Tel: 03-3566-4720
In this picture (above), you can see where one of the building's original round windows used to be. Someone cemented it in, so now there's just the framework for it left. The wooden thing on the left used to be installed (horizontally) at the ceiling to provide air flow even when the (internal) door was closed. The current tenant had it taken down as part of rearranging the space, and - thankfully - didn't throw it away, but instead incorporated it into the shop's decor.
This photo exhibition (2010/07/08-13) by Tanaka Ryo (田中良) at K's Gallery featured relatively close-up images of the kind of thing you usually don't pay much attention to - worn and scraped metal at (presumably) a construction site, a small part of the street, etc.
The cryptic English title of "Work of Tokyo" on the promotional postcard begins to make sense when you read the Japanese line above it "太陽が, 風が, 雨が, そして, 時間と人がつくった" ("Made by the sun, wind, rain, time, and people").
Looking at the sets of frame-less pictures, I pondered the issue of frames and photographs. A painting that an artist has spent a month working on seems perfectly natural in an elaborate frame, but photos usually seem out of place in the same type of frame. On the other hand, no frame at all gives a feeling of something missing.
Personally, for my own photos, the thing that keeps me from having exhibitions of them is the cost. The cost of printing high-quality images and then putting them in good frames is a serious issue for me. Given the choice of skipping a camera upgrade in order to pay for an exhibition, or going for the new camera and postponing the exhibition, the camera usually (always?) wins.
Incidentally, "田中" has got to be "Tanaka", and while "良" is most probably "Ryo", it could be pronounced in some other way - I didn't get a chance to confirm the pronunciation of the photographer's name.
I initially walked up to one of the paintings and began studying it - until I realized that I was looking at it in sections, and not seeing the whole. So I backed across the room and suddenly the picture as a whole came into focus.
Note: This exhibit took place at the same time as another exhibit (in the same gallery), but since the promotional postcards, etc., were separate, I'm treating the two as independent exhibitions.
This group exhibition (2010/07/05-15) at Gallery Seikodo (ギャラリーセイコウドウ) consisted of pictures similar to the ones on the promotional postcard. The gallery itself is quite quiet and puts one in a contemplative mood...
This is Part-1 of a two part exhibition (2010/07/03-14 and 07/17-28) by Watanabe Chihiro (渡辺千尋) at Shomeido Gallery (松明堂ギャラリー). I had mixed impressions - admiring some straightforward pictures and pondering others - such as the example below (from the promotional hand-out for this exhibition).