moor the sky

Space Production Lab.

C - Coast around Funami Park

A beautiful view of Naoetsu and the Sea of Japan is so familiar that you might overlook it if you weren’t paying attention. The seawater scooped up in this piece keeps the same surface as the sea, and reflects the color of the sky like a mirror. The colors of the sky that appear in reflection there are not the same ever, changing every day, every hour, every minute, every second. By cutting out a section of the magnificent sea and scooping the sky and rearranging them, the familiar scenery is reconstructed into several smaller units. The feeling of grasping the entire world in one’s own hands calls back to the “emotion” and “discovery” that we have almost forgotten in everyday life.

Space Production Lab.

The Space Production Lab. started its activities at the end of 2016, based on the members of the 3rd Laboratory of the Department of Design at the Tokyo University of the Arts. The representative is Takatoku Nishi, a doctoral student in the architectural department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and the Boss is Taro Suzuki, an associate professor in the design department of the same university. Space Production Lab. makes the dreams of “I hope so” into the realities of the future, not bound by any frame or limits.

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Naoetsu Upcycling Center

GELCHOP

A - Ankokuji-dori Special Venue

Searching through the schools in Joetsu that have been combined or closed, the “Upcycle Project” found learning materials once used by schoolchildren and has converted them into materials that can be enjoyed multi-generationally.By just slightly modifying the familiar things used in the past, we can re-imagine their purpose, to use them in different ways, emphasize different functions, or combine completely different things to change their meaning altogether, or re-incarnate these products in a slightly different form. This is our attempt to view awareness and common sense from a new viewpoint.

GELCHOP

Morikawa Ryota, Ozawa Tetsuya, and Takahashi Ryohei, formed this 3D modeling group in 2000, as three men who like crafts. Through handiwork, they are active in a wide range of fields under the category of “3D,” connecting imagination and the real world. From public space artwork, original products, toys, field crops, cars, architecture, energy, to communities, GELCHOP spends their days exploring the spirit of “making” with a “do-it-yourself” spirit, continuing to get their hands dirty.

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100 years later・Façade of Naoetsu Bank

Yuko Nishimura

D - Hall with Lion Statue (former Naoetsu Bank)

This building was born as the former Naoetsu Bank about 130 years ago. After a time as a wholesaler for the shipping business, it now seems to stand quietly by the sea as if telling the story of time. The building was once the economic hub in Naoetsu, which once prospered as a key point on sea and land. At this time, banknotes were coming and going through the building. Banknotes: they have existed objects of commerce flowing for years and years like water. Yet these days, they are disappearing due to our recent embrace of electronic money. What will happen to this bill 100 years from now? Banknotes capture the memories of various people, goods, and information that have flowed back and forth with the economy. What if, after the paper had finished its role as a banknote remained in the bank? Imagine the appearance of the former Naoetsu Bank 100 years from now with paper.

Yuko Nishimura

Nishimura Yuko was born in 1978. After graduating from Nihon University College of Art, Department of Design, Architecture Design Course, she received her Master’s from Tsukuba University Graduate School of Arts, Department of Design in the field of composition. She has been active as an artist in the medium of paper. In inheriting the ancient Japanese “folded shape”, Nishimura intends to pursue all possibilities of folding, not only in the field of “origami.” She attempts to create the shape of the Japanese heart, passed down from ancient times, into modern forms at the point where culture and molding intersect. She is also a member of the Origata Design Institute.

MISONO / Name's See Garden

Eiji Watanabe

B - Naoetsu Yatai Hall

Only the illustrations will be cut out from dozens of mushroom botanical field guides and displayed throughout the Yatai Hall. These plants that humans have verified and named now unnamed are reimagined as a flower garden. The dredge boats remind us that this was once the sea, and the “sea garden” appears.

Tiny YATAI / Mobile information carts

Eiji Watanabe

Mobile information cars will become “Tiny YATAI” and will appear in various parts of Naoetsu.

Eiji Watanabe

Eiji Watanabe was born in 1961, and graduated from Aichi University of the Arts, Department of Sculpture in 1985. He currently lives in Nagoya. Between 2004 and 2005, he stayed in Scotland as an overseas trainee of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and was a visiting researcher at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). His major exhibitions include: 2001 “Encounter” Exhibition at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Tokyo); 2007 “Laughing Exhibition: The Current Situation of Looking at Humor in Contemporary Art” Mori Art Museum (Tokyo); 2010 “1st Aichi Triennale” (Nagoya); 2017 “Art Zuid 2017” Art Chapel (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and others.(Photo:Yasuko Otsuka)

A.B.in Naoetsu

Shinya Aota

A - Ankokuji-dori Special Venue

By “frosting” an ordinary glass bottle using a technique called sandblasting, something that feels a little different from the familiar glass bottle is created, and we are begged to ask what we are usually looking at. These objects, which show different expressions depending on time and place, have been formed just as objects drifting in the sea change their appearance over time; just as Naoetsu has been formed into a rich city drifting through time and history and can remind the people who see it that Naoetsu is a charming city of the sea.

Shinya Aota

Shinya Aota creates works that re-question their essence and value, centering on a series of works that file away at the surface layer of such things as familiar daily necessities. His major exhibitions include 2010 “Aichi Triennale 2010”; 2014 “Daily Life/Off Record” (Kanagawa Arts Theater); 2014 “MOT Annual 2014” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo); 2018 “Shinya Aota| Yorisoukatachi (Accompanying Forms)” (Breaker Project, Osaka), and others. He is also the co-director of art program and festival in the Nagoya Port area.(Photo:Tomoya Miura)

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Atelier Shop Naoetsu

L PACK.

A - Ankokuji-dori Special Venue

Limited Time :

Date and time: August 1st (Sun) -August 9th (Mon), 2021

This is a “select shop” or boutique that shows a collection of found photographs of the scenery and objects that originally existed in this town of Naoetsu. “Someone's ordinary can become someone else’s extraordinary” —from the daily life of Naoetsu, and the everyday scenery that might be taken for granted, are photographs and objects that come only from this place will be exhibited. We will create a place where you can discover a “New Naoetsu.”

L PACK.

L PACK. is the unit made up of Susumu Odagiri and Tetsuya Nakajima. Both were born in 1984 and graduated from the Department of Spatial Art, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture. At the intersection of the thoughts and techniques of art, design, architecture, and folk art, by playing it by ear with minimum tools and only local materials to make “landscapes with coffee,” they aim to become an element of the town.(Photo:Koichi Tanoue)

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Artist Market NAKAYOSI

NAKAYOSI

A - Ankokuji-dori Special Venue

Limited Time :

Date and time: Sunday, August 1, 2021

This is a collaboration event between L PACK. and Shinya Aota. A one-day limited artist market held featuring goods from the artists participating the Art Seaside Naoetsu, and food and drink menus limited to Naoetsu will appear. Here, you can meet the artists and create a new community.(“VISITOR CENTER AND STAND CAFE / 2013 / Nagoya” Photo: Tetsuo Ito)

NAKAYOSI

NAKAYOSI is the unit of L PACK. (Susumu Odagiri, Tetsuya Nakajima) and Shinya Aota. At the 2012 “Position 2012” exhibition (Nagoya City Art Museum), NAKAYOSI opened a collaboration cafe for the first time. Again during the 2013 “Aichi Triennale 2013” session, for a limited time only, NAKAYOSI opened the legendary space “VISITOR AND STAND CAFE” at the Chojamachi venue. These events and projects are held for visitors to participate in comfortably and intimately.(Photo:Tetsuo Ito)

Move. Start moving. Play.

Ryo Matsuoka

A - Ankokuji-dori Special Venue

Based on a collage of cloth on a shirt, this work invites people and the city to play a leading role in nurturing time. “Beauty is just there. If you don't notice it, you'll just pass it by. In the midst of your life, your heart moves. By moving, you notice the beauty that blossoms there. By noticing, beauty begins to exist and begins to move. Because you moved, Beauty that had been there all the time, unmoved and unnoticed, that beauty started to move. You start to move. Your heart and beauty will start to move. It spreads and connects. If you don’t move, it doesn't move. Move. Play.” — Ryo Matsuoka

Ryo Matsuoka

He draws, He paints. He works with other art forms, such as embroidery and collage of the cloth. He has been drawing and painting since before he can remember. The act of drawing opened him up for life and unknown places, connected him with new people, and gave him different windows of time and place, further inspiring him to draw. In this ever-extending network of life, people, time, and place, he keeps himself busy in and out of Japan by creating paintings, installations, murals, and embroideries, presenting his visions in solo shows or Live Paint events.

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Curation

Junko Suzuki

After working for a total of about 20 years at Jiji Press, Mori Art Museum, and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Suzuki became an independent curator. She established a private office “@J” in 2011 as a freelancer. As a senior curator of MUJI Yurakucho store gallery space ATELIER MUJI and MUJI Ginza 6F ATELIER MUJI GINZA, which opened in April 2019, Suzuki has planned and operated more than 50 exhibitions and related events for 10 years. Currently she is engaged in curation, PR, and the launch and operation of cultural facilities in a wide range of fields, with a focus on art and design.(Photo:NATSOUMI)