Isetan is the name of a large department store chain here in Japan, who happens to have an excellent sense in illustrators. A few times a year the store runs a major shop window decoration campaign relying heavily on the art of a relatively young illustrator. The other day as I was passing by I saw these windows using artwork of the fantastic Kyotaro, an illustrator with an impressive and varied resume (make sure to visit the gallery on this site). It’s not easy to take decent photos of shop windows, but it was a swelteringly hot overcast day so I think I did a reasonable amount trying to keep the glare out of the photos. If you pass Shinjuku make sure to walk past Isetan!
I visited Seizan Gallery in Tokyo’s Ginza district to see the fantastic metal sculptures of Yoshirou Iwaisako (祝迫芳郎), an artist originally from Kagoshima prefecture, focusing on craft and metallurgy to create massive series of animals in imaginative warrior outfits. These photos show just a few of the ones he had on display which in turn was just a very few of his total production! He works in series of animals, this time chicks, but he’s also done scorpions, snakes, sheep, mice and many others in massive little armies! Keep an eye out for this guy, he knows his craft!
If you are in Roppongi you’d better drop in to the Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery to see the Tetsuya Ono and Wataru Itou exhibition of excellent modern paper art. Tetsuya Ono was new for me but Wataru Itou is one of the most ambitious artists in the world, famous for his massive Castle on the Ocean. Here he exhibits many architectural works of paper. Ono’s “paper mecha” are absolutely stunning as well! Entrance free.
Here’s an interesting sculpture grouping by young artist Motohiko Hagiwara (萩原元彦) called “Good Friday”. Is it simply a group of teen monsters going to for an evening downtown or is there a deeper meaning? The artist exhibited these as his final project at the Tama Art University where he was a student at the sculpture department.