Exhibition Introduction by the Group
After the 3.11 disaster, people felt inspired to offer prayer and work for recovery. Then, in facing the problems of cleaning up the debris and radiation, they succumbed to conflict and their fervor faded. Now, the loud voices of public opinion are gone, and we even sense a kind of calm. All this has revealed what was hidden in the shadow of prosperity—Japan’s light, its beauty and darkness, and its ugliness. What, now, should we as artists do? One role for artists, we have decided, is to “crystalize” the varied aspects of this experience and pass it on to future generations. We invite you to experience five artists’ ongoing journey to crystallization. (Planning: Masaya Shirahama)
Participating Artists * representative
Eisaku Ando, Masako Ishizuka, Masaya Shirahama*, Manabu Hangai, Kumi Yokoyu
Masaya Shirahama, after experiencing the 3.11 disaster and suffering the loss of hometown and relatives, has continually asked “What can artists do?” Amid observing society and attending many post-disaster exhibitions, he arrived at a keyword for action, “crystallization.” He has joined with the like-minded artists he has been fortunate to meet.