2015年4月13日(月)から4月25日(土)まで、銀座のSteps Galleryで開催される「colored bar 2015 吉岡まさみ展 」。アーティストの吉岡まさみさんから、カラード・バーとは何かについて、以下のとおり、ステートメントをいただきました。

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 50cmの長さの棒に色を塗って作品を作り始めたとき、自分では、いったいどんなものを目指していたのか、実は全くわからないままに作業をしていた。

 それは突然にわたしの心を捉えて、棒に色を塗る、その棒の半分ずつ別の色で塗り分けるというアイデアが勝手に動き始めたのだった。

 作品はたいがい突然に「やってくる」ものなので、それを拒否することができないまま、なにかに突き動かされて出来てくるものなのだ。

 作品が完成してしばらく時間をおいたあとで、その意味が少しずつわかってくる。

 わたしは何がしたかったのか。

 わたしはただ色彩の美しさを味わいたかったのだろうと思う。

 細い棒に色を塗ることで、「画面」を極力小さくし、「絵画」を描くのではなく、ただ色彩だけを描こうとしていたのだ、ということがあとになってわかってくる。色面を2つに分けたのは、どんな色も等価であることを主張したかったのかもしれない。

 この作品は、絵画であるということもできるし、彫刻であるともいえる。

 しかし、だからどうだというのか。絵画でも彫刻でも、そのどちらでもないかも知れないが、それを決めたからといって、作品が変わるわけではない。それは瑣末なことである。

 色彩がただそこに在るというそのことを味わい、われわれ自身の存在を確認する契機になればいいと思うのだ。

 流れる雲のように、そぼ降る雨のように、ただそこに存在することの確かさと儚さを、カラード・バーは映し出すことができるだろうか。

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*吉岡まさみの作品は http://www.mizenka.com/jp/artist/Masami-Yoshioka でご高覧いただけます。

展覧会詳細:

「colored bar 2015 吉岡まさみ展」

日時:

2015年4月13日(月)〜25日(土)日曜休廊

12:00〜19:00(土曜日17:00まで)

場所:

Steps Gallery

〒104-0061

東京都中央区銀座4-4-13 琉映ビル5F

TEL&FAX: 03-6228-6195

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Artist Masami Yoshioka’s exhibition “colored bar 2015″ will be held as follows:

Details of Exhibition:

“colored bar 2015″ an exhibition by Masami Yoshioka

Period:

Monday, April 13, 2015 – Saturday, April 25 (Sunday closed)

Time:

12pm-7pm (Saturdays until 5pm)

Venue:

Steps Gallery

Ryuei Building 5F

4-4-13, Ginza, Chuo-ku

Tokyo 104-0061

TEL&FAX: 03-6228-6195

*Image below: “No. 202″ by Oleg Berezutskiy.

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We have interviewed the Russian painter Oleg Berezutskiy, who spoke to us about his artworks and general artistic practice. His works can be seen at: http://www.mizenka.com/artist/Oleg-Berezutskiy

What kind of artworks and series are you currently working on?

I am currently working on artworks relating to a total of four different series, and in two of the series, I use unordinary watercolor.   I am also experimenting with colors, using colored pencils.  My initial choice of materials is spontaneous, but in the same series, I continue using the same materials.  I often work on different series at the same time, and I do not have a specific pattern as to when I begin a new series.

Is there a particular place you like to be when you paint, or a particular time of the day that you like to produce your artworks?  What would you say your overall working style is like?

I am not tied to a particular place.  Now I work from home, mostly at nights. Working at nights is more of a habit because when I was an architect, I had to make time to paint while working full time as an architect.  In terms of my working style, since my creative energy comes from internal influences, I prefer to work alone without any audience.

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*Image above: Photo of Oleg Berezutskiy creating his artwork.

How does a typical day go for you?

My typical day goes differently for me.  I do not have a daily and weekly schedule.  Everything changes, and I am flexible with how my day goes.  However, all my mornings start the same.  Every morning I start with meditation.

Does the change of seasons or travelling in any way affect your artworks?  Do you feel that your painting style has changed over the years?

Change of seasons does not affect my artworks.  Sometimes I like to travel, and my travels can affect the experimental part of my creative process.  The only thing that can affect my painting process itself is, if I could become as hollow as a bamboo: What I mean by this is, because my artworks are not driven by a theme or my will, if my mind could become as hollow as the inside of a bamboo, it would help me to create freely, with no thoughts and feelings.  As for my painting style, yes, it has changed over the years.  My artworks have become calmer and meditative.

*Image below: “Panama hat” by José Antonio Sorolla Gallén.

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We have interviewed the Spanish painterJosé Antonio Sorolla Gallén, who spoke to us about his current thoughts and his general artistic practice. His works can be seen at: http://www.mizenka.com/artist/Jose-Antonio-Sorolla-Gallen

How do you like to work?

Normally, I work in my studio, which is on the ground floor of my house. It’s the place where I work practically all year. But in the summer, I also like working outdoors, in the terrace. It’s very nice working with natural light, without electric lights; and in the hottest days, it’s very pleasantly cool.
I don’t have a favorite time to paint, but I usually always paint by the afternoon, and until 9:30 PM.

DSC_0073*Image: Photo of José Antonio Sorolla Gallén’s studio.

Where do you think your inspiration comes from?

About the inspiration, I believe more in the constancy in work than inspiration. If the artist works regularly, it is easier for inspiration to come.
Other times a visual inspiration can strongly seize me. For example I remember how I was captured (especially by the color) when I saw the lifeguards on the beach, with flags waving in the wind (the “Flags” series was born here).
My favorite beach is Benicàssim, perhaps because I visited there for many years.
Also, normally, I like to have the opinion of my family. I always ask them. I’m very critical with my work and I’m always doubting.

DSC_0074*Image: Photo of José Antonio Sorolla Gallén’s studio.

Where would you say you are currently, and what are your goals for the year 2015?

I think that 2014 has been a very positive year for my art. Due to my type of paint, I don’t make too many paintings a year. I’m finishing some works from my current series, some of which I had begun a year ago. I want to return to the landscape, but in large formats (I think these works can become somewhat special landscapes.) For 2015, I want to work at my best, quietly, unhurried.

Do you have a message to our readers?

I would be very glad if my work appeals to people. After finishing the paintings, if they connect with people, it would be perfect.