PAPER CUT ART NAHOKO KOJIMA (小島 奈保子) is a professional contemporary Japanese paper cut artist, born in Hyogo, Japan on 2 October 1981. She started Kirie (Japanese Papercutting) under private tutelage at the age of 5 and continued throughout her formative years. In 1999 she moved to Tokyo and in 2004 she graduated from a degree in Design at Kuwasawa Institute. An avid follower of fashion and trends, she found much of her inspiration in the city. She has been residing in London since 2006, spearheading hand-made Contemporary Japanese Papercut Art in the UK and fast becoming one of the leaders in her discipline internationally. She is best know for her pioneering work in Paper Cut as Sculpture.
New works by GERARD GAUCI are on view @ the Gallerie DeBellefeuille in Montreal form July 5th through July 15. I loooove his work, so I will really go down and see it!
Gerard Gauci is a painter and a theatre designer whose sensibility is literally and figuratively operatic. As resident set designer for Toronto’s Opera Atelier he creates vast and sumptuous on-stage environments for the works of Monteverdi, Lully and Mozart. As a painter Gauci, creates miniature tableaux depicting famously preserved interiors of grand homes and palaces throughout Europe and America. Looking back to an artistic genre popularized in 19th century Gauci renders these rooms with a precision that documents their theatrical architecture, magnificent decor and intimate personal effects. Acknowledging their creation in 21st century, he subjects the paintings to the splashing, dripping and scraping of pure pigment. These intrusions point to the work’s essential reality as paint on a flat surface and simultaneously suggest the energy held by spaces, whether the ghostly residue of the past or the volatile atmosphere of the present day.
This week, I watched the new "movie" VISITORS by Godfrey Reggio. I say movie, but it's not really that. It's a work of art, a series of human, animal and landscape portraits shot in a beautiful and rich black and white.
So Thirty years after their original collaboration for Koyaanisqatsi, filmmaker Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass created Visitors, a stunning wordless portrait of modern life, featuring digital projections and comprised in only 74 shots. The film reveals humanity's relationship with technology. VISITORS is the fourth collaboration of Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass now joined by filmmaker Jon Kane, advancing the film form pioneered by The Qatsi Trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi): the non-spoken narrative experience where each viewer’s response is radically different yet undeniably visceral.
As Reggio explains, “VISITORS is aimed at the solar plexus, at the appetite within us all, the atmosphere of our soul. I see the film as a meditation, as a transcendental event.”
I have to agree. There is so much time spent on each frame that you start to see things differently. For example, parts of your body that are normally familiar (take hands) start to look incongruous, bizarre, alien. Made me realize too (even if that was not the point of the movie) that the beauty of human beings is in their differences, yet with today's madness around plastic surgery it feels like everybody is trying to look the same. Nonsense.
There is at the end (when the credits come up) a nice "hommage" to John Grant's work... Maybe not voluntarily, but anyhow, it made me think of John Grant's work.
Don't approach this as a narrative movie, because you'll be bewildered. Think of it as an album of living photographs matched with transcendental music (I love Philip Glass!). See it as an "experience" and you'll love it!
The film is to come out on DVD and Blue Ray on June 10.