Recently I went for the Trans-Cool Tokyo exhibition that featured works of contemporary Japanese artists. And it was interesting that among the artists featured, 2 of them have had their works featured very commonly elsewhere. The exhibition featured over 40 works from the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and tells the story of how Japanese artists have established their creative identities within the context of global pop culture. I find that Japanese artists are generally quite daring to venture into different mediums of artwork, especially the non-conventional ones.
The exhibition featured works aside from the usual oil on canvas, to sculptures, videos, digital art, photography...and there was even one artist that made his own "flying surfboard"! It was a surfboard equipped with an engine and could levitate in the air for a few minutes upon ignition of the engine.
|This is made from a wood rowboat, covered with balloon-ish tubers covered in silver pant.|
The above 2 photos are works of Yoshitama Nara. He is known for painting manga-esque children who react to the state of the world with suspicion and anger. Some of his works feature children looking innocent but clutching a knife in the other hand. I interpret his works as his silent rebel against the oppressive Japanese society, that is centered upon many customs and take politeness as seriously as their economy.
I always see his works being printed on postcards and other merchandises.
|Images credit here. These photos were from LV Tokyo's Harajuku store.|
|Oil on Canvas. The one on the extreme left shows self portraits of the artist painted onto the fruits.|
My favourite exhibit's a telephone booth that has been converted into a one-man-only disco booth. There's a big disco ball hanging at the top of the booth, together with a pair of headphones and an ipod for you to choose your dance tracks. The twist was that the telephone booth is completely transparent to people outside the booth, but yet when you're standing inside, you can only see your own reflection. In a demo video next to the exhibit, the artist had placed the booth along the streets of Japan and hid a camera outside and inside of the booth. It was very amusing to see some people (mostly guys, surprisingly!) dance crazily to the music and a few guys even ripped their shirts off.
I like social experiments of this kind. It's always interesting to see the responses of the people...I wonder what will happen if the booth was placed in America, China and France!
|My outfit for the day!|
Fedora hat from The Cathay, Topshop knitted cardigan,
thrifted silk blouse, American Apparel Disco Lame Shorts,
F21 leggings, shoes from some random shop, thrifted bag.
The day was complete with a dinner at Food for Thought, a small restaurant that serves very organic tasting food with no artificial flavorings. I had a garden salad with generous servings of lettuce, juicy tomatoes and several other leafy greens which I don't know the names of. My bestie, Addie, had Baked Zucchini with Cheese and Almonds. Absolutely delish! Food for Thought is on a mission to ease world poverty, and donates part of their profits to charities such as World Vision Singapore to combat against poor sanitation, provide clean running water and food etc. They had this cool other poster reading "No child should starve in a world of Happy Meals."
|Those are actual glasses with lightbulbs in them! 540 glasses in total!|
Hope you've enjoyed the photos :3