“Okuyama Taiki is a Japanese graphic designer incorporating a sense of liveliness and fun into his creative practice. While running a novelty book store in Tokyo that was free, Okuyama became interested in the values of exchange that led to a career in design.”
This emphasis is seen in two of his projects, Playing Body Player as well as in the visuals for Owarhythm Benkai. Firstly, Playing Body Player is the visual identity for an exhibition of the same title organised by Seijo University of Art and Design.
“For the visuals for the Japanese rock band Owarhythm Benkai, Okuyama pays tribute to the neon signage aesthetic. He concisely engages the viewer with the use of looping colours that aren’t too in your face while still grabbing attention; utilising the medium of gifs to simply animate striking visuals which in turn, maximises on intrigue.” via Its Nice That
Using traditional materials and techniques to achieve a digital effect, Japanese artist Toshiya Masuda makes this cool ceramic pixel art.
"Japanese artist Toshiya Masuda builds pixelated objects out of clay, piecing together sculptural tennis shoes, fried eggs, and baseballs that look as if they have been pulled directly from a video game. By designing his works to appear digital, Masuda provides a physical quality to computer or television-based images. The combination of ceramics and digitized objects allows the artist to blur the line between what is real and virtual, an increasingly common experience in our present age."
Nao Tokui is a Japanese media artist and DJ working on different projects researching soundscapes within visual systems. His latest "Imaginery Soundscape" web-based installation originally started as an exploration of how AI "imagines" a sound of any Google Street location using deep learning models.
The research went further and currently runs as "Imaginary Soundscape" machine where you can upload any image or photo to get the generative sound map created by AI. You can find beautiful examples of how "deep mind" hears the art masterpieces on Qosmo website founded by Nao
I saw the entire room, my entire body, and the entire universe covered with red flowers, and in that instant my soul was obliterated”, renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama explains. This experience as a child informed her most recent work, ‘Flower Obsession’.
The Japanese design firm teamLab has announced a 2,000 square meter exhibition at La Villette, Paris. It plans on forming a vast space allowing visitors to interact with a digital world through their own bodies. Named “”Au-Delà des Limites” or “Beyond the Limits,” the showcase blurs the lines of reality and creates multiple installations representing different realms. Visitors will be able to walk through virtual waterfalls and natural wonders.
The presentation will be available from May 4 to September 4, launching right before Japonismes 2018, a cultural event marking the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and France.
teamLab (f. 2001, Tokyo, by Toshiyuki Inoko) is an interdisciplinary group of ultra-technologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, technology, design and the natural world. Rooted in the tradition of ancient Japanese Art and contemporary forms of anime, teamLab operates from a distinctly Japanese sense of spatial recognition, investigating human behavior in the information era and proposing innovative models for societal development
"In a deep-red homage to Anish Kapoor, artist Rikako Nagashima has tangled together HUMAN NATURE, an installation Kapoor’ish in scale, color and intention. HUMAN NATURE has been installed at two locations. Her work has been suspended through multiple levels of Tokyo’s MVRDV-designed eye of Gyre gallery, and has consumed the life of a concrete clinic-turned-art-gallery by schemata architects in japan — the latter of which is pictured here, tied-together."
"Anish Kapoor is believed by many to be an artist devoted to dichotomy. Blood, vortexes, voids — his works certainly convey paradoxes. Life, death, happiness, sorrow. they’re beautiful and ugly and they often tie into life and religions in india. as such, Rikako seeks to create a dichotomy of her own — an homage that draws inspiration from kapoor’s artistic execution, and draws dichotomies from her own culture’s philosophy, Yin and Yang"
Japanese artist Toru Kurokawa sculpts improbable liquid and biological shapes from a variety of ceramic materials. What begins life as a mere lump of clay, the artist molds and carves into artworks that appear like arrays of honeycomb, undulating coral, or dripping stalactites. Last year Kurokawa had a solo show with Sokyo Gallery titled The Savage Math, and you can see more of his work on Artsy
"For their latest dizzying interactive installation, Japanese collective teamLab (previously) brought the ocean indoors, creating a projected environment that reacts to the movements of visitors, all encased within the infinite space of a mirror room. Titled “Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement” the work is inspired in part by the life cycle of the ocean, particularly the movement of plankton as represented by the reactive particle effects that spin like whirlpools as you pass through the exhibition space. The speed and direction of people’s movements are all factored into the projections and in the absence of motion the room gradually reverts to darkness." via Colossal
The Vortices installation just opened at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia where it will remain on view through April 15, 2018
Xhxix is a Tokyo-based artist whose digital paintings depict mostly gaunt young men in surreal states of mental anguish or physical injury. His subjects are inspired by niche models, such as Jacob Morton, whose pictures he gathers off the internet.
Photographer ZAKI Abdelmounim shares his neon view on the capital of the Risin Sun - Tokyo. During his 8-months journey, he was experimenting with various colour grading techniques that shifted from cyberpunk to vaporwave. We let author speak for himself below
"Tokyo's overwhelming visual presence is an all-out assault on your senses offering a strong immersive cyberpunk experience. A lot to process and too much to take in from the flashing neon lights, the sounds of the busy streets and train stations, and the commercial signs of every building It's downright surreal and truly catches the spirit of what a cyberpunk city would look like. Easily getting lost offers an unmatched thrill and sense of discovery, but a certain follower emerges at night will keep your company during your stroll in the rain."
"It's the "Talking Lights" in the labyrinth of alleys. The dimly-lit neon signs of hiragana and katakana trying to communicate with the fast-paced walkers bring a nostalgic air, and it's a beautiful sight to behold."
Kyoto-based artist Kohei Nawa created a huge and immersive cloud-like installation made of small bubbles. Located in a dark room, the piece consists of floating foam that accumulates to form an ethereal structure that spreads across a space. In a statement about the artwork, Nawa says, “Each bubble cannot escape the cycle of birth and destruction, which is not unlike the way our cells operate as they metabolize and circulate.”
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Japanese digital artist Kota Yamaji that has been graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo 2 years ago. His successful debut at our Digital Decade 5 exhibition in London, where he was presented by event partner - Curioos, landed as a profile on Creative Debuts
Japanese artist Kota Yamaji shares his latest graphic experiments worth to visit and adore
As Me Kyeoung Lee documenting the 20 years of conventional stores in Korea, his colleague of illustration world Mateusz Urbanowicz does it in Tokyo, Japan. While exploring the city, Mateusz was surprised to see the perseverance of older, more traditional architectures in spite of the city’s rapidly changing face and its international reputation as a sprawling metropolis.
Knowing all too well how quickly these buildings could be replaced with more modern counterparts, the artist set about illustrating the endearing buildings in a series rich with color, personality, and history.
"Shot around central and southern Japan / Okinawa, the series by Gabriella Achadinha shows day and night photographs of spaces and individuals that stood out from the time there. Marlize Eckard has added her touch by creating the ‘fleeting impermanence’ via acrylic paint with additional strokes that create the smudging, lapsing memory."
Keiko Fukazawa is a ceramic artist who is born and grew up in Japan. After spending 30 years in America, she dedicated her last three years in Jingdezhen, temple of porcelain since 1393.‘Made in China’ is a collection of playful works denouncing the effects of globalisation and consumerism in China.