Coming up at the Kakitsubata gallery in Nakameguro is the show “Kodai,” running from November 25 until December 6.
I’m very happy to be able to share the latest entry in my “Cafe Pause Poster Series” (#5), a contribution by Amsterdam-based art director Luis Mendo. You know about the Tokyo map he just produced for the next issue of Journal de Nîmes, and now here’s also his homage to the cafe. The concept revolves around the seats found in the cafe — there are 24 (all pictured), with 23 people shown, the idea being that the 24th customer is you!
The next show at the Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama is the first solo exhibition by Dutch artist Mathias, “All About Democracy,” featuring new works — print and video — as well as a selection of works that have appeared in various newspapers and magazines.
“The world is rotten, corrupt and bankrupt and it is not the time to explain the political situation in friendly cartoons.” Mathias draws well-known people in power like presidents and politicians, and develops stories of those characters based upon the current world situation. The cartoons drawn by his keen observation on social circumstances lampoon the current democracy, but also his hope for a better world without poverty, environmental pollution and justice for all can be seen. Mathias makes realistic digital illustrations on his laptop. He works everywhere, at home, in the train, in restaurants and soon in Tokyo.
The show starts this Friday (November 20), and runs until January 21. There will also be original art t-shirts sold ( 6,090 yen), including the one pictured below, featuring the current Japanese PM’s excentric wife, Miyuki Hatoyama.
This past Saturday’s 5th anniversary party for Tokyo Art Beat at SuperDeluxe was indeed a blast, and to my absolute surprise I actually won the raffle — I swear, I never win anything. The prize was a pink basket filled with all sorts of goodies, and was handed to me by TAB’s Paul Baron and World of Golden Eggs creator Masashi “Larry” Oiwa (that’s us three above, with the shorty, me, in the middle). My wife is an absolute fan of Golden Eggs — she even watches those “Heidi” shorts they created for Nissan over and over — so was pretty jealous when I told her who handed me the prize.
The entire evening was good fun, with Ian Lynam and Mari Kojima kicking the jams with crazy dance moves in the guises of their new unit, Mammal. Below, Paul and me getting a little closer. Photos are courtesy of Xin Tahara.
You may recall that earlier this year I posted something about Carl Randall‘s portraits work, and now’s the time to see the result. Carl’s solo exhibition, “Tokyo Portraits,” is on now at BUNKYO ARTS, and runs until November 14. He’ll also be doing a live portrait painting performance — Japanese ink on Japanese paper — on November 7, 13:00-16:00.