Inside the soul

Semi Grand-Prix

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Inside the soul
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Review: Toshiaki MINEMURA (Art Critic)

In contrast to the other semi grand-prix work, this print is a purely introspective piece, which conveys one's sense of existence through an everyday tableware item. Nevertheless, from its figurative and scrupulous representation of visual ambiguity, via a precise expression of uncertainty—both in the object's existence and the viewer's observation of it—an unexpected shared theme emerges between the two semi grand-prix works. Where this work differs from the other, though, is in how it presents a clear vision that evades uncertainty quietly and gently. The work appears to be made completely as a woodblock print, which lends itself to clear expressions of line, shape and color; thus, to achieve such a high level of ambiguity with this medium is a rare feat, even amongst Japanese artists who draw on a long and rich history of woodblock printing. The wide bowl filled with only a small amount of pale blue water appears to be contained within a silver-gray box, but the viewer becomes uncertain about the existence of this box, as a change in viewing angle makes it seem to disappear. According to fellow printmakers, this effect is the result of the use of silver coloration, and some liken this work to Giorgio Morandi's metaphysical works. Of course, though, this prize work is deeper and better than them.