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Yume no Byouin Project

Beautiful (and simple) site design featuring the illustrative work of Yorifuji Bunpei. Via Paul Baron.

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Kodai

Coming up at the Kakitsubata gallery in Nakameguro is the show “Kodai,” running from November 25 until December 6.

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Art Cafes Meta

Cafe Pause Poster Series: Luis Mendo

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 poster should occupy the entrance of the cafe sometime this week, but unfortunately won’t be ready for tomorrow night‘s PauseTalk (Vol. 35).

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Art Events

All About Democracy

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.

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Art

Chiharu Shiota

Designboom highlights installation works by artist Chiharu Shiota. Above, “Flowing Water” at the Nizayama Forest Art Museum in Toyama.

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Art

Yuki 7

I’ve covered Kevin Dart‘s Yuki 7 project before, but just saw the image above (a fake book cover) and had to share it. Via FFFFOUND!

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Art Events

Celebrating 5 Years of TAB

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.

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Art Events

TAB 5th Anniversary Party

I think it’s well worth reminding everyone that tonight (November 7) is Tokyo Art Beat‘s 5th anniversary party at SuperDeluxe. The festivities kick off at 19:00, with a host of activities taking place — check the event page for more details, and print it out to get in for 1,000 yen.

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Tokyo Portraits

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.

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Art Setouchi 2010

Kenya Hara designs the identity for next year’s Setouchi International Art Festival.