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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video & motion graphics

direction for UZUMASA EDO SAKABA

September 30, 2016

UZUMASA EDO SAKABA / movie and space installation 
produce + artist curation + art direction

credit:
creative direction and produce: artless Inc.
art direction and design: shun kawakami + kazuki kaneko, artless Inc.

flower art: takayuki tanaka, united flowers
motion graphics: EDP graphic works
photography: yuu kawakami, artless Inc.

suibokuga: shoh yoshida
calligraphy: yuuna okanishi
sound design: JEMAPUR
ceramic art: hirotsugu ogawa
agency: ryo kagami, dentsu Inc. + takuhei matsuura, secai Inc.

client: Toei Company, ltd.

Uzumasa Edo Sakaba: Bakumatsu Summer Festival is a summer nights festival held in Uzumasa’s Toei Kyoto Studio Park,
where guests can enjoy Kyoto’s traditional performances while tasting local sake and foods; all in a meticulously crafted Edo period setting.In commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Ito Jakuchu, we produced, curated, and art directed an installation and motion graphic piece based on the theme of Jakuchu and flowers.

Tanaka Takayuki, a highly recognised flower artist who is active both in his home country and abroad, was deeply affected by Jakuchu’s works and had been creating flower art as an homage to the esteemed artist. The photographs that he took of his artworks as a record of his artistic journey, were used to create the motion graphic piece.The motion graphic was created by EDP graphic works; a studio based in Shibuya, Daikanyama and Fukuoka, that has created various films and motion graphic works for television shows and commercials.The Suibokuga(Japanese ink painting) featured in the opening of the video was created by Syoh Yoshida, a Kyoto based artist whose artwork had been featured in many galleries in Japan and overseas, including an exhibition in New York. The title was done by award winning calligrapher Yuuna Okanishi. The music was composed by JEMAPUR, a musician who has been at the forefront of the electronic music scene, and rakuyaki-ware artist Hirotsugu Ogawa created the rakuyaki flower vase that works in synergy with the motion graphic to create the singular atmosphere of the space.

In collaborating with eclectic artists and creators from various fields, we were able to create a space that invokes Jakuchu and the uniquely Japanese notions of ‘wabi-sabi’ as filtered through a modern lens.

京都・太秦にある東映映画村にて開催された、「幕末」をテーマに京都の伝統芸能、地酒・食事が楽しめるイベント「太秦 江戸酒場 ~幕末・夏祭り~」。伊藤若冲の生誕300年を記念して、「若冲と華」をコンセプトとした映像および空間インスタレーションを開催し、artlessはプロデュース、キュレーションおよびアートディレクションを行いました。

国内外を問わず、空間装飾から広告、アートプロジェクトまで多岐に渡り活躍しているフラワーアーティスト・田中孝幸が、若冲の作品に感銘を受け、彼へのオマージュとしてフラワーアートを制作し、撮りためてきた写真を映像作品へと昇華させています。映像デザインは、渋谷、代官山、福岡を拠点に、TV&映画のオープニングタイトルやコマーシャルムービーを中心に、さまざまなモーショングラフィック作品を世に送り出しているEDP graphic works が担当。また、オープニングの水墨画はNYで作品展示を行うなど海外でも活躍している吉田翔、題字は国内外で数多くの賞を受賞している書道家の岡西佑奈。
音楽はエレクトロニック・ミュージックの最前線を行くJEMAPUR、さらに映像とともに美しい空間を演出する楽焼の花器は樂焼作家の小川裕嗣が制作しています。

気鋭のアーティストやクリエイター達とコラボレーションし、映像のみでなく、インスタレーションとしての空間の設えにもこだわり、現代の手法で若冲の面影とともに、日本の「侘び」「寂び」を感じられる佇まいを表現いたしました。

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video & motion graphics

Reception Party for The Westminster Roppongi at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

August 08, 2014


Video Installation
with Keiichiro Shibuya + 7 shuffles,
Reception Party for The Westminster Roppongi
at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

credit:
creative direction & artist curation: artless Inc.
art direction and graphic art: shun kawakami
music: Keiichiro Shibuya
motion graphic: Seven Shuffles
event organize: Grand Swell
client: Grosvenor Ltd.

英国発のグローバルデベロッパー 「Grosvenor/グロブナー」が提案する邸宅「ザ・ウエストミンスター 六本木」。そのリリースパーティが、グランドハイアット東京にて開催。そのレセプションパーティにて、音楽家「渋谷慶一郎」氏によるピアノ演奏の背景に、リアルタイムでインタラクティブに映像が変化するというビデオインスタレーションを上映され、グラフィックワーク「川上シュン」、モーショングラフィック「セブンシャッフルズ」、ディレクション、アーティスト・キュレーション、ブッキングは「artless Inc.」というチームで制作。

video:

Video Installation with Keiichiro Shibuya + 7 shuffles, Reception Party for The Westminster Roppongi at Grand Hyatt Tokyo from shun kawakami on Vimeo.

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video & motion graphics

A SALON – dinner for visionary

August 16, 2013

A SALON – dinner for visionary :
total planing & produce, design, food, flower

(www.facebook.com/artlesssalon/)

presented by artless Inc.

founder: shun kawakami and hegwan kim
flower art: nobuaki kawahara, ren
film: kyohei matsuda, mash creative
photography: said kalsson
food: miho yokozuka
service staff: artless member / nao, mio, leonie

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video:

A SALON – dinner for visionary – 01. from shun kawakami on Vimeo.

video & motion graphics

[video] SENSE OF PLACE : brand conceptual video

August 14, 2013

SENSE OF PLACE : brand conceptual video
(15s & 1m20s)

credits :
creative direction: artless Inc.
produce: ROCK’N ROLL JAPAN

direction : shun kawakami, artless
music: TOKU
video: Muga Miyahara
hair make: Mika Furukawa, mash creative
model: Toku, Lena Sukhoveeva, Nat Olive, Minami(cossami), Cazuma Mori, Nayo Roby Oliver, Inge Murata

client : URBAN RESEARCH

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video:
short version (15s)

SENSE OF PLACE : brand conceptual video (15s) from shun kawakami on Vimeo.

long version (1m20s)

SENSE OF PLACE : brand conceptual video (1m20s) from shun kawakami on Vimeo.

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