This summer was unusually hot and humid.
As in the previous year, we decided to offer the same two art events as last year: street art, in which artists paint pictures on the shutters of vacant stores in the city and invite the townspeople to their imaginary worlds; and carving art, in which artists share the moment when wood that has served its purpose is reborn as a new form through their imagination. The artist's imagination transforms the fallen wood into a new form.
The response to the shutter art was especially positive as the artist went out to the shopping district, blended in with the townscape, and actively provided a moment of creation.
The paintings on the shutters, which carry the artist's thoughts and feelings, continue to be a part of the landscape even on rainy and hot days, and casually display the meaning of art to children and adults walking by them. They do not demand to be seen and understood out loud, but only to be scented with the mysterious charm of color in dots, lines, and surfaces. In a corner of the Institute of Arts and Culture, where visitors are always welcome, a wood sculpture which is like playing a fresh melody created by an invited artist stands vividly with the fragrance of wood and its grain filled with dynamism. It is one of our earnest hopes to see more art scenes something like this close to us.
The 4th Artist-in-Residence Otawara 2022
Organizer of Nasunogahara International Art Symposium Executive Committee
Director of the Otawara City Institute of Art Cultural-Studies