My fifth solo exhibition
This will be my fifth exhibition at the gallery Okariya.
I call myself a Bookbinding artist, but in my exhibitions I only made covers of something. This time I will exhibit small Byobu screens and cases made from acrylic boards. http://yoyamazaki.jp/news/2019/10/post-476.html
The flow so far is below.
In 2005 I made a music score holder. I used perforated aluminum board as the core.
I liked it very much.
From backside the light shone through.
It made it look so nice and interesting. I made some different variations for my 2013 exhibition. http://yoyamazaki.jp/works/2013/12/post-71.html
In 2006 I made a sample from my authored book "Handmade bookmaking". It combined a acrylic board and aluminum board. http://yoyamazaki.jp/works/2005/08/post-21.html
In my second solo exhibition 2015, I made covers in using a core aluminum board between two acrylic boards. I sandwitched two images under the acrylic boards (for example leaves and paper sheets).
In my 2017 exhibition, I developed a frame combining acrylic boards with the same 0.8mm thickness. This worked as a spacer. I could make very thin but certain space in the cover itself. http://yoyamazaki.jp/works/2017/07/post-99.html
When I decorated these covers I was able to orderly place layers unlike my sandwiched covers before. In my 2018 exhibition I tryed many of these covers. I found that by using more frames I could make thicker space.
I felt there was more space than there actually was. It looked so nice and interesting. My eyes enjoyed this very much so I made many.
At the end of making my last exhibition I wanted to make thicker space. Then I happened to think about using thin corrugated cardboard as a frame. I added transparent photo films and cheese clothes etc., then I sewed them together between acrylic boards. The visual effect was so magical.
It was the birth of a new way to express my style.
Soon after I worked out how to construct Byobu screens with the same sewing method of acrylic boards.
Making acrylic frame takes a long time and takes great effort. Using corrugated cardboard is easy and free. I used many thicknesses (such as 7, 10, 53mm, etc.)
A long time ago I made some books. Each of these had a bird and the sky inside it. I wanted to pack a real image into a book.( The bird kept flying forever.)
Now I packed many different things into my Byobu screens and cases. I'm fascinated about being "in the air" and "light weight". The small byobu screens with thread are good for light weight. I hope you will come to my exhibition and open the screens and feel their lightness. I likes the cases sewed with thread.
↑ I'm making art works with many objects found around my house. I use these like flowers in Japanese Ikebana. Generally speaking they are collages or assemblages. I remembered a summer research assignment in my primary school days.
In this work ↓ I used many pappus seeds of cirsium vulgare. http://yoyamazaki.jp/news/2019/10/post-476.html
I am very interested in these apparatuses.
I packed many things into these squared spaces, each case and Byobu became a different world. I enjoy looking at them closely.