Live art and exhibition by 2 contemporary artists from Japan and Germany
Aika Furukawa (contemporary art / painting) exhibited wall-mounted pieces in an installation of about 10 works comprising improvised wall paintings in acrylic, plus two-dimensional works.
Agnes Lammert (contemporary art / sculpture) exhibited mainly spatial artworks. A ceiling-hung large-scale 3D piece in silicon made in Germany and sculptures made of wax were installed with iron rods.
Also on show together were drawings made by the artists in Japan and Germany respectively.
The event featured a live art installation based on a process of discussion on Eastern and Western identity.
Aimed at providing a platform for international cultural exchange,
the event was held in the alternative art space HIGURE17-15cas, a contemporary art space that enjoys a high level of interaction with the local community, and few restrictions.
Artist talk with: Taro Amano (Chief Curator of Yokohama civic art gallery Azamino / Director of Sapporo International Art Festival 2020)
Interpretation : Sonja Ganseforth
Photo: Yasuyuki Deguchi
Aika Furukawa (contemporary art / painting)
Aika Furukawa was born in Aichi, Japan in 1982. She finished her studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Department of Oil Painting) in 2008. Between 2012 and 2015, she was a trainee in the programme of overseas study for upcoming artists from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of The Japanese Government and the Pola Art Foundation.
Furukawa uses linen canvases and often engages with the exhibition space in a three-dimensional way. She works in Tokyo, Leipzig and Brussels.
The principle motif of her work since 2007 has been elements extracted from everyday life: the creases of textiles like bedclothes and pillows. In combination these creases create an unfamiliar world. Installations like those made by hanging transparent paintings in exhibition space draw the viewer into her work.
Agnes Lammert (contemporary art / sculpture)
Working mostly in former East Germany, Lammert creates sculptures with the same motif as Furukawa’s art, the creases and folds of textiles, but Lammert’s work is characterized by a form of expression that suggests something “existing,” hidden in the cloth. She is a lecturer at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, and her work features in the collection of Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig.
HIGURE 17-15cas, Arakawa City, Tokyo