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Outsider Art in JAPAN - Urban Dreams

Year: 2013, 42 mins
Code: MG-Outsider3

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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.

Feautured in Volume 3: Yuji TsujiHidenori Motooka

Yuji Tsuji
Born in 1977.Lives in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture. Landscapes drawn looking down from a high place are known as bird's-eye views. Yuji Tsuji keeps on drawing bird's-eye views of imaginary towns that mix his own visual memories and imagination. He makes no sketches, and never erases mistaken lines. His pictures pleasantly fulfill the human dream of being able to fly in the sky. Approx: 19 mins.

Hidenori Motooka
Born in 1978. Lives in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. Photocopy paper and newspaper ad leaflets, crammed with small trains. They are drawn side by side, packed together like the grains of rice in pressed sushi. How far can he squish the frontal face of each train into the picture? Tonight again, this eternal train enthusiast is running his colored pencils toward their final destination. Approx: 23 mins.

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