Go and see: Japanese Art

After a long (study-induced) hiatus from blogging I am back with my recommendations for two very different exhibitions you should definitely go see this month.

Souzou – Outsider Art from Japan at the Wellcome Collection:

What is ‘Outsider Art’? The term is used to describe art that is ‘raw,’ ‘primitive’ and uncontaminated by culture, work by artists that create for the sake of creation alone. The artists included in the exhibition at the Wellcome Collection have been diagnosed with cognitive or mental illnesses. This disposition is mirrored in the often naive and impulsive qualities of their works. However, when viewing the exhibition the “disadvantages” of the artists translate into  artworks with an aesthetic quality that is highly appealing to the senses, evoking a feeling of connectedness to the creators’ subconscious. Subsequently, the show is populated by strange creatures in bright colours, full of patterns and decor, and works that often contain an element of obsessive and even manic repetition and detail. I definitely recommend you to go check it out! You can still do so until the 30th of June.

souzou

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Open Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat 10:00-18:00; Thurs 10:00-22:00 and Sun 11:00-18:00

Landfall  at Husk | Gallery & Project Space at DEPARTURE:

Hikaru Fuji’s films ‘Project Fukushima!’ and ‘3.11 Art Documentation’ which are included in this group installation are concerned with the aftermath of the triple catastrophe of the Tohaku earthquake, the tsunami and the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daichii power plant in March 2011. While ‘Project Fukushima!’ focuses on the artistic activities, such as the FUKUSHIMA! music festival, undertaken by tsunami survivors to come to terms with the disaster, ‘311 Art Documentation’ shows what happened to artists, staff of art NPOs, art and cultural institutions in the affected areas, documenting their efforts to clean up and pick up the routine of a normal life while still living in the state of exception of contemporary housing settlements, exposed to an invisible background noise of continuous radiation exposure. Films also included in the installation and continuing a concern with nature and landscape are Katie Goldwin’s Silent Landscape’ and Owen Daily’s ‘Restoration.’ While, in my opinion, the juxtaposition of Goldwin and Daily with Fuji  is not quite successful, the show and especially Fuji’s films are well worth seeing! They are on show until the 28th of May.

Husk | Gallery & Project Space at DEPARTURE, 649-651 Commerical Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7LW

Open Tues 11:00- 17:00; Wed-Fri 11:00- 18:00 and Sat 10:00 -17:00

Have you seen either of the exhibitions? What did you think?

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