Ogre’s House No.1 “Ogre’s Caves” (2016 Setouchi Triennale)

Ogre’s House No. 1 by CHAOS*LOUNGE was an interesting but disappointing artwork for me.  I didn’t get a chance to fully appreciate the artwork because part of it was turned off.  When you enter the caves there is a TV where you can watch a short story that explains half of the artwork.  The other half is a set of logs and other items with colourful splattered all over it.  The best part of the entire exhibit was visiting the caves which were cool on a very hot summer’s day.

Ogre’s House No.1 – “Ogre Caves”

Ogre’s House No. 1 – Ogre Caves

When you enter the cave, you won’t see a lot.  You will see a TV but when I went the TV was not on and there was no video playing.  The video is integral to the actual exhibit as half of the exhibit seems to play around a guy who is stranded on the island.  This part of the exhibit was completely lost on me and while I found the cut out posters of a guy getting stranded on Megijima and then interacting with things to be interesting, I just couldn’t understand how it tied into the entire cave artwork.

Ogre’s House No.1 – “Ogre Caves”

Ogre’s House No.1 – “Ogre Caves”

The other half of Ogre’s House No. 1 is the actual house.  Throughout the cave you will see very colourful ogres.  These ogres are not technically part of the artwork as it is part of the original tourist attraction.  CHAOS*LOUNGE used them in their artwork as they added long pieces of driftwood with paint splattered on it.  It was somewhat haphazardly painted and it looks somewhat like what an ogre would want to do.  The colours are similar to what the typical ogre statues are in Japan, bright blue and red along with a few other colours such as purple and yellow.  For some, this will be very interesting but I was unimpressed.

Ogre’s House No.1 – “Ogre Caves”

Ogre’s House No.1 – “Ogre Caves”

The time it took to create the artwork in Ogre’s House No. 1 must have taken a while.  I can only imagine the time they needed to create it.  I may not be a big fan of this artwork but I may have been biased by not being able to watch the first video.  Unfortunately I do not believe this artwork will be around in 2019 but if it is I will try to check it out again and really understand what it is like.

Note:  Ogre’s House No.1 “Ogre’s Caves” is no longer available on Megijima.

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