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Outsider Art in JAPAN - Odd Shapes

Year: 2013, 50 mins
Code: MG-Outsider5

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'Souzou' is a word that has no direct translation in English but a dual meaning in Japanese. It can be written two ways, meaning either 'creation' or 'imagination'.

Outsider Art has its origins in the French word art brut, which described art made by those outside the art scene particularly that created in 19th Century European Psychiatric Hospitals. In The 1940s, surrealists like Dubuffet and Max Ernst became interested in this art, and Outsider Art came to be more broadly interpreted as outside a didactic tradition and outside the boundaries of official culture. It was often unsettling and indecipherable, yet undeniably arresting. While it did not follow the artistic fashion of its time, Outsider Art nevertheless responds to the times in unexpected ways. For this reason Outsider Art has a growing following in world art circles.

Outsider Art has also had an influence on the introduction and development of art therapy programs around the world. In Japan’s art therapy programs, materials are typically made available to the participants without any instruction on what they should make or how they should make it. The results are astonishing and diverse. The work of Japanese outsider artists has now been featured in galleries in London, Lausanne and the Venice Biennale.

Outsider Art in Japan” is a series of films that demonstrates the circumstances of some of these outsider artists, and how their art is created. With immense concentration, with zen like calm, methodically, obsessively, they create mysterious objects and fantastic drawings. The creation is ritual, reality into fantasy, fantasy into reality, revealing a logic that is perplexing yet strangely familiar.

Featured in Volume 5: Akane KimuraMachiko Nishimura, Takashi Shuji, M.K., Hirotaka Hatana

Akane Kimura
Born in 1983. Lives in Shiga Prefecture.She generates a whole variety of themes in a flash, racing the oil markers as if she's playing a stringed instrument. Gazing at her pictures, you can hear a concerto. A concerto of oil markers.

Machiko Nishimura
Born in 1953. Lives in Shiga Prefecture.Animals. Birds. Fish. Insects. Vegetables. And people too. She wants all living creatures to be happy. She continues depicting the happiness of everything under the sun, always bashfully with her head down.

Takashi Shuji
Born in 1974. Lives in Hyogo Prefecture.He scratches out the silhouettes of his motifs with black pastels. Another piece of his distinctive jet-black abstract work appears, with images silhouetted as if heavily backlit, placed with good balance on the page.

Born in 1978. Lives in Shiga Prefecture.Replica artist who reproduces advertisements and magazine photo spreads. His deformer-style works copying from photos of women exude a sensual beauty that surpasses the original. He is very particular. And that might serve as the antenna of his mind.

Hirotaka Hatana
Born in 1976. Lives in Shiga Prefecture. Draws things that pop into his head with brush and black ink in a matter of seconds. Afterwards, he applies pastels according to a fixed order. The things that pop into his head are invariably surprising forms that are unimaginable for anyone else.

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