After our previous report on the Filipino-born artist Ian Anderson, the W+K+ Gallery has been proudly hosting various exhibitions by oversea artists. Let us begin by introducing Matthew Bajda, an artist from the San Francisco bay area.
昨年11月に開催したMatthewの展示「Mace Of Disruption: A Perspective On American Safety」では何本もの釘バットが吊るされたインスタレーションと、銀色の紙に印刷された大きな白黒写真がギャラリーの前を行き交う多くの人々の興味を惹きました。オープニングパーティーでは森俊二さんのソロプロジェクト２２２のライブも行い、とても素敵な夜となりました。
In November last year, Matthew’s exhibition titled “Mace Of Disruption: A Perspective on American Safety” caught the eyes of many passersby with the installation of a myriad of spiked baseball bats hanging from the ceiling as well as with the large black-and-white pictures printed on silver metallic papers. The night of the opening party was embellished with a live performance by “222,” a solo project by Shunji Mori.
11月の平日ど真ん中に開催された24時間ポップアップショップ「YAGI」はオカモトズのオカモトレイジが集めたアーティストやクリエイターがそれぞれの作品やグッズを販売するというもの。ほとんどの時間DJが回していたり、突然ライブが始まったりと、24時間ぶっ通しのパーティーのようなイベントとなりました。参加したのはKANDYTOWNからIOとKeijuの2人、YOUTH QUAKEからはcar service、Yudai Tanaka、SUNHYUP KIMの3人、そしてTTT_MSW、山田健人、Qiezi Mabo、Riku Ikeya、野崎浩貴、極onTheBeats、Freyja Dean、the hatch (from 札幌) 、MC コース (秋葉原サイファー)、Yohji Igarashi、Yabiku Henrique Yudi。
In the 24-hour-only pop-up shop “YAGI” which opened its door right in the middle of a week in November, artists and creators gathered by Reiji Okamoto of OKAMOTO’S sold their own works and novelty items. The event was basically a 24-hour-long party where DJs played music the entire time except for during the live performances that always seemed to start quite abruptly. The participating artists included IO & Keiju from KANDYTOWN, car service & Yudai Tanaka & SUNHYUP KIM from YOUTH QUAKE, as well as TTT_MSW, Kento Yamada, Qiezi Mabo, Riku Ikeya, Hiroki Nozaki, Kiwami on The Beats,Freyja Dean, the hatch (from Sapporo), MC Course (Akihabara Cypher), Yohji Igarashi and Yabiku Henrique Yudi.
To cap off the year 2017, a joint exhibition “MONOBUBBLE” by two artists — LUNG from the UK and Joji Nakamura from Japan — was held. The artists spent four days creating a large-scale artwork that occupied the entire walls of the W+K+. The visitors were able to choose their favorite square centimeters of the artwork, cut it out by themselves for purchase, and take it home.