artwork

In Praise of Shadows at the Louvre Museum

March 07, 2018

In Praise of Shadows
at the Louvre Museum

artwork + installation design + concept design + graphic design

credit :
art direction & creative direction: shun kawakami, artless Inc.
video & motiongraphy: tomohiro ishioka, matija suhadolc, akira kondo, Seven Shuffles
graphic design: koyuki inagaki, kanako ueno, artless Inc.
photography: kiku niuya, shun kawakami, yuu kawakami

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本作は川上シュンと seven shuffles のコラボレーションによる 17.5m に及ぶビデオアート作品で、パリ・ルーヴル美術館で行われた「Salon des Beaux Arts 2017」にて発表されました。本展で artless Inc. は「Salon des Beaux Arts 2017」ブックの表紙デザインやインビテーションカード、ロビー・屋外に設置されるポスターのグラフィックデザインも担当しました。

Salon des Beaux Arts(サロン・デ・ボザール)は、150年を超える歴史を持つフランスの美術団体 Société nationale des beaux-arts(ソシエテ・ナショナル・デ・ボザール)が毎年パリのルーヴル美術館にて主催するアートの祭典で、本作は昨年2017年12月の開催にて金賞を受賞。

「In Praise of Shadows – 陰翳礼讃 – 」と題し、日本独自の「無」の概念、暗闇の深さ、視覚以外の感覚の複合により感受する瞬間的な美の価値、無涯無辺の広がりとして捉えられる現象をテーマとしています。川上はこれまで印刷表現と空間表現でこれらを表現してきましたが、Seven Shuffles とのコラボレーションにより映像特有の時間性、空間性を利用し陰翳の中にある「余韻と雅」を作品を通して再定義しました。

異なる分野でありながら、海外でも活躍する日本人としての観点から日本の美的理念を見つめる川上と Seven Shuffles。映像という手段とグローバルな感性を掛け合わせることで、匂い、重み、温度、音といった視覚できないものを暗闇の中に感じ取る日本古来の美意識の再構築を試みた作品です。

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Shun Kawakami, CEO of artless Inc. and art director/artist, was invited to be one of the main artists of Salon des Beaux Arts 2017 at the Louvre Museum, Paris. Shun Kawakami exhibited a collaborative artwork with Seven Shuffles, featuring a video installation art spanning to the width of 17.5m. Alongside with the art installation, artless Inc. was tasked to design the book cover of the Salon des Beaux Arts 2017 catalogue, as well as the invitation card and posters.

Salon des Beaux Arts is a festival of the arts held every year at the Louvre Museum, organized by the Société nationale des beaux-arts, a French art groupe with a history going back 150 years. More than 600 artists from across the globe; from painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers to illustrators, gather to represent the contemporary art scene. Select artists in each discipline are given awards for their exemplary works. Kawakami’s artwork at Salon des Beaux Arts 2017 has won him the Gold Medal Award.

The exhibited artwork, titled “In Praise of Shadows”, communicates of the Japanese sense of beauty, in the foreign land of France by expressing the Japanese ideology of “nothingness”, “the depth in the shadow” and “ephemerals”. The nothingness, or negative space, suggest further depth rather than non-existence. Though Kawakami’s works have always centered around the traditional Japanese philosophical motifs, at Salon des Beaux Arts 2017, he has utilized the temporal and spatial nature of the moving images, to redefine and recognize the “aesthetics of Japan” through lights and shadows.

Though their creative fields differ, Shun Kawakami and Seven Shuffles reinterpret traditional Japanese sense of beauty to be presented to the world. By intertwining videography and global perspectives, they have breathed in qualities to the shadows; scents, humidity and weights.

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In Praise of Shadows from artless Inc. on Vimeo.

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