Thursday, May 27, 2010

arty farty

It was Redhead's birthday a few weeks ago, so we checked out the Mori Art Museum before heading off to dinner at the Hills. We saw the Roppongi Crossing: Can There Be Art? exhibit. About 1/3 to 1/2 of the pieces were pretty good, I thought; not bad for a group show. They allow photographs, and the one above is a skate ramp and mural by some graf kids. I guess a friend of mine, a skate-rat kid, knows one of them: SASU.
This ∞∞∞∞∞ piece is made out of circuit board thingies.
This was my favorite section, a series of embroidered photographs by the artist Satoru Aoyama. The artist hand embroidered these photo recreations with metallic thread. The attention to detail and dedication this requires boggles my mind. The description gave a nod to William Morris and his commitment to handcrafts, and this is just the kind of OCD personality-driven art that I can appreciate.
The exhibit runs until the beginning of July and is worth a look, I think. By the way, did you hear about the art theft in Paris? Some jokers sawed a padlock and broke a window and made off with Picasso, Matisse, and more. If that's all it takes to steal master works, I'm in the wrong line of work.

A visit to Mori Tower wouldn't be complete without the obligatory picture of the Tokyo skyline. This was the first time I was able to visit the roof. Tokyo was cold and blue that day.


  1. Ooooh if you did make off with some works of art would you sell them or hide them in your own closet for personal viewing...haha...

  2. Depends on if they were any good ;)
    If it was rubbish I'd definitely sell.

  3. That embroidery is beautiful! I feel small.

  4. Also it perhaps does not exhibit the inherent genius of scribbles on a napkin.

  5. Ha! I know, I mean, why put your true talent out there? Crumbs will suffice for the public.

  6. You don't have to face any true criticism then. Because if you had to face negative criticism for your actual work, you might realize that you have no talent.