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Chat with Hiroshi Nakamura Yu Nakamura - Niseko Summer Art Festival 2018: 3-13 August at hirafu 188 5F & B1F, and KIYOE GALLERY NISEKO

Acclaimed ceramicist and potter Hiroshi Nakamura Yu Nakamura was born in Bihoro, in Abashiri district, in the north-eastern part of Hokkaido in 1954. Following his studies in architecture, Hiroshi Nakamura went on to pursue his real interest in the arts, completing a course in pottery in Kyoto. He returned to Hokkaido and practiced under the tutelage of his He has exhibited in widely in numerous exhibitions, both a ceramic, ceramic, ceramic, glass, ceramic, ceramic, and plastic. . Locally And Internationally

? Q. How Does The Landscape Affect Your Works
. I Was Born In Bihoro, A Seaside Town Facing The Okhotsk Sea, Close To Russia I Have Always Been Inspired By The Beauty Of Nature, Especially Hokkaido'S Scenery - The Juxtaposition of snow scapes, Birch tree forests, and drift ice blocks at sea in winter. I remember spending many hours playing in the open fields as a child, and the imagery of the snow fields has always been very close to my heart
Q. How do you express Hokkaido's landscape in your
year ? I have always imagined the powder snow as a protective sheath for the potato and corn fields in Bihoro. Snow gives the feeling of Warmth and comfort to me, and I express this in the lines and colors I am trying to communicate that I can in and my honestly

Q. What is your process like?
I use both the electric wheel as well as a flat slab formwork I have achieved a 80-90% rate of success. 
Hiroshi Nakamura's works are on exhibition and for sale at hirafu 188 5F, and Kiyoe Gallery, AYA Niseko 2F from now until 13 August
(Interview and artist profile photo by Jacinta Sonja)

Chat with Chinami Komazawa

Artist Chinami Komazawa Kenazawa Chihiro was born in 1980 in Bibai, Hokkaido. She graduated from the University of Hokkaido in Education and Art, majoring in Japanese painting. Through a variety of contemporary subjects and narratives in her Her art expresses the ambiguities between dreams and reality, the strange and the familiar, the normal and the extraordinary, the conscious and the unconscious - where one Is 'Sumperimposed' Over The Other, Blurring The Distinctions Between The Two. 

Q. How Did Your Interest In Japanese Art Come About? 
I Studied Different Types Of Art When I Was In University - Western And Japanese Art, Sculpture, Craft And Design But I was most interested in the materials and techniques used in traditional Japanese art, and thus I went on to major in Japanese painting
Q. What kind of materials do you use?
I use gold paper, natural stone powders, as well as colours. I grind the indigo stones by hand, to produce the powdered mixture which I use as paint. Different indigo stones produce different colours, which is very interesting . 

Q. Tell Us About Your Theme Of 'Boundaries' -? How Did It Come About
.. I Love Stories And Narratives Since I Was A Child I Often Imagined Scenes From The Stories I'Ve Read Being Depicted In Real Life These Inquisitions between the real and the unreal later became my subject of interest in my art
Q. Give us an example?
To me, Christmas is magical - it brings the feeling of excitement, or 'waku waku (wakuaku), to an otherwise ordinary winter's day. These is a superimposition of the imagination and narrature onto a specific landscape. These narratives allow us to feel' Suspended 'In Space And Time. I Try To Capture This Emotion In My Art. 
Chinami Komazawa'S Works Are On Exhibition And For Sale At Hirafu188 5F From Now Until 13 August. 

(Interview And Artist Profile Photo By Jacinta Sonja)

Chat with Asuka Kunimatsu Kunimatsu Asuka - Niseko Summer Art Festival 2018:

Metal sculptor Asuka Kunimatsu was born in Otaru City, Hokkaido in 1947 and graduated with a master degree of sculpture from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1974. He won the top prize for his sculpture at the CCAC World Print Competition (San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art) in 1973 while still a student at the univers One of Hokkaido's top sculptors, Asuka Kunimatsu has exhibited in individual and group exhibitions both in Japan and internationally

Q. Tell us about how the reductive forms Of Your Sculptures Came About. 
When I Was A Student, I Studied Sculptures By Famous Western Sculptors, Such As Michelangelo And Rodin. I Realised That Their Sculptors Are Defined By 'Katamari (mass)', or 'mass / form ' in Japanese. So I started exploring different ways of representing 'mass' and 'form' in space
Q. What is the main inspiration for your sculptures?
I was inspired by Japanese shrine gates, or 'torii'. It is made up of just 4 poles, but it is so strong and powerful in it's symbolism. I am also inspired by nature and the environment of Hokkaido, such as . The Trees, Wind, Light, And Shadows

? Q. How Have Your Works Evolved Through The Years
I Work Mainly With Stainless Steel And Iron, And Am Continuously Exploring New Ways Capture Movement In [Static] Sculptures - One That Is Always' Changing 'Depending On The Time Of The Day, The Season, And The Space It Is In, To Create An Ever Changing Dialogue With The Viewer. 
Asuka Kunimatsu'S Works Are On Exhibition And For Sale At Kiyoe Gallery, AYA Niseko 2F From Until 13 August Now. 

(Interview And Artist Profile Photo By Jacinta Sonja)

Oh wow!

Danish artist Olafur Eliasson has completed his first building – a fortress-like office in the Vejle Fjord in Denmark, called Fjordenhus.

via dezeen


Brokis Balloons

Designed by Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova for Brokis, Balloons is a collection of unique and timeless light that are based on an idea of ‘invisible’ volume with a floating reflector.

The glass is mouth blown and the the largest of the three sizes pushes the material to the limit, as it is the maximum dimension the glass can expand using handmade processes.

Available at Sanctuary Niseko