A couple of weeks ago I snapped this lovely little robot statue in the window of a high class art gallery in Tokyo’s Ginza district. It was late at night and closed, but I think I need to get there again during opening hours to find out more about the artist!
You know in Europe they have the Garden Gnomes, ceramic or plastic gnomes that seem to be almost everywhere? Here in Japan, it seems we are getting a case of the metal dogs! Have you seen these shop decorations in and around Tokyo? I run into them all the time and earlier this year I started taking photos of them whenever I saw them. Here’s a couple of photos (from Hamadayama and Ikebukuro), but I have plenty more.
There is a fine line between art and crafts but who cares about that when there is art like this? A huge elephant made up of thousands of cwelded metal plates. Titled fading -increasing- it is the graduation piece by young artist Koro Ihara (井原宏蕗) of Tama Art University. Unusually for Japanese artists he seems quite adept at self promotion and has an excellent web site here. Recommended!
He is currently exhibiting some work at BankArt Life III, an annual exhibition at one of Yokohama’s most beautiful buildings that you can’t have missed if you walk around a lot in that city (in my opinion, the most exciting city in Asia at the moment). The building itself is an old bank (旧横浜銀行本店) and I sure wish I had some nice photos to show you but I always seems to pass by at night or in the early morning when my mind is less than focused on focusing my camera lens.