NEWS


03/07/2020

Exhibition in Norway

I'm glad to inform about the exhibition in Norwegian wood whose theme is the relation between man and nature.
 

"LIFE WITH NATURE"

in August & September, 2020

at Bergen, Gjøvik, Oslo, Drammen, Fredrikstad in Norway

Lisa Karina Bakke(Photographer)/ Nakajima Hiroyuki(Calligrapher)


Web Site: "LIFE WITH NATURE"   https://lifewithnature.webnode.jp

Promotion video



The mountains in the Himalayas become visible for the first time in 30 years.
Fishes swimming around the water can be seen in Venice canals.
Sea turtles are thriving on the empty beaches in Florida.

The 'lockdown' experience has completely changed not only our lives but also the natural environment. We are perhaps seeing our planet in a new light now. It seems that this awful virus has not only caused great damage, but also has given us an opportunity to reflect on our approach to nature. "What nature was for us... And what we had done to it".
We really hope this project will provide clues to reconsider our life and nature in a post-Covid-19 world. Artists have no borders even in hard times like this. When different values meet each other, something new is born. We also hope this project will be a cultural bridge between Norway and Japan.

Lisa Karina Bakke/Nakajima Hiroyuki

This project started just after the lockdown was lifted in Norway. Lisa Karina Bakke took her children out for walks to the forest close of her house for the first time in a while. At that time she fully realized the positive impact that nature has had upon her formative years. In the forest she took lots of pictures of her children enjoying in nature. This precious experience evoked the inner child in her. Being in the same situation in Japan, Nakajima Hiroyuki got the sudden email from Norway. It was the offer of this project from Lisa Karina Bakke. He replied right away to her that he deeply sympathized with the concept of this project whose theme is based on nature.
Lisa Karina Bakke's photos taken in the forest are printed using the technique, photopolymer(*1). Nakajima Hiroyuki writes the Japanese character "LIFE" on a piece of rice paper with natural dye such as Indigo, Walnut and Olive. Then both artworks are compressed together and united into one by the technique, Chine Collé(*2) which is a special printmaking technique. This is the first attempt to unite photos of Norwegian forest by photopolymer printing and calligraphy with natural dye on Japanese rice paper together into one series of artwork.

*1/Photopolymer
Photopolymer is a printmaking technique in which a photographic image is printed with an Etching Press, using a photosensitive printing plate. It attracts attention as a non-toxic printing technique that creates a plate with light and water without using chemicals.
*2/Chine-collé
Chine-collé is a printmaking technique in which the image is transferred onto the thin paper that is bonded onto a heavier support in the printing process. One purpose is to allow the printmaker to print on a much more delicate surface, such as the Eastern paper or linen.


2020/07/03 展覧会のお知らせ

この夏(8月/9月)、ノルウエーの森で「コロナ禍」後の人と自然をテーマにした展覧会を開きます。 


"LIFE WITH NATURE"

ノルウエー/ベルゲン・イェービク・オスロ・ドランメン・フレドリクスタ

Lisa Karina Bakke(写真家)/ Nakajima Hiroyuki(書家)


Web Site: "LIFE WITH NATURE"   https://lifewithnature.webnode.jp



インドではヒマラヤ山脈が30年ぶりに姿をあらわす
ベネチアの運河では泳ぎまわる魚が見える
人気のないフロリダのビーチには大量のウミガメが集う

新型コロナウイルス禍の中、かつてない自粛によってこれまでの暮らしや社会、そして自然環境は一変しました。我々は今、未だかつて見たことのない景色の中にいます。コロナ禍は私たちにとって苦難であるだけでなく、自然に対する立ち位置を見直す機会でもあります。「私たちにとって自然とは何だったのか...私たちは自然に何をなして来たか。」こんな時でもアートに国境はありません。異なる価値が出会うところに新しいものが生まれます。このプロジェクトがコロナ後の世界を再考する手がかりになれば、そしてノルウエーと日本との文化の架け橋になればと願っています。
Lisa Karina Bakke/ Nakajima Hiroyuki 

このプロジェクトはノルウエーのロックダウンが解除された日にはじまる。その日、Lisa Karina Bakkeは実に久しぶりに子どもを連れて家の外に出た。幸いすぐ近くには森がある。彼女は子どもだった頃を思い起こしながらひたすら森を歩いた。自然の恵みを受けて遊びまわる子どもの姿にかつての自分を見出しながら、彼女はそれを夢中で写真におさめた。そしてこの貴重な経験は彼女のうちなる子ども心を呼び起こすことになった。ともにコロナ禍にある日本。中嶋はノルウエーから突然のメールを受ける。Lisa Karina Bakkeからのプロジェクトのオファー、そのコンセプトに共感しすぐに返信を送った。Lisa Karina Bakkeが森の散歩で撮った写真はフォトポリマー(*1)によって版画にされる。中嶋は漢字「生」を藍やくるみ、オリーブなどの自然染料を使って和紙に書く。そして二つの作品はシン・コレ(*2) という特殊な版画技法によって重ね合わされ、一つの作品となる。これはノルウエーの森をとらえた光と水のフォトポリマーと、自然染料と和紙による日本の書の融合を試みた初めてのアートワークである。

*1 フォトポリマーは写真画像を感光性のある印刷版を使ってエッチングプレスで印刷する。化学薬品を使わず自然の光と水によって版をつくる版画技法。
*2 シン・コレとは台紙に極薄の繊細な東洋紙などを貼り付けて刷る版画技法。