Officer BigMac▷Dead Scream▷『Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ』『Chienron❷』〆 by Takuya Yamashita is a very psychedelic artwork that really makes you wonder what is going on. When I first saw it, I wondered what it meant but it had a lot of style and somehow I really liked it. The name itself is really hard to understand. It is very long and includes various symbols. From what I can tell, Mr. Yamashita calls it Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ for short but I couldn’t find any information on what the name means to be honest.
There are actually 2 locations for Officer BigMac. The main one was located next to, and including, a closed shop called “Miyashita”. Miyashita used to be an alcohol shop, probably run by an old lady or old couple. It was established in 1945 and for 2016 it was used for Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ. Takuya Yamashita has a very interesting technique when creating artwork. He pasted a pixelated printed piece of artwork onto the walls of the building and then literally cut the pieces out of the wall keeping the entire shape of the wall, including any insulation.
Once the pieces were cut out of the wall, he assembled the pieces and hung one piece on the side of the building in a shape that resembles a moon. It was really cool to look at and I really thought it was fun to see how it was made. Takuya Yamashita also did a second piece from another section of the building where he used the image of a boy. I can only assume this is either Officer BigMac or one of the other main names of the artwork.
The outdoor work was free for people to enjoy and it is a very interesting piece. Takuya Yamashita also had a second exhibit on the eastern side of the port. If you walk past Uno Station, past the Yamada Denki electronics shop, you will be at Gallery Minato. This gallery has an admission fee without the passport but you get to see various artworks inside. Takuya Yamashita has a small gallery in the air conditioned section which showcased more of his artwork that is similar to the outdoor artwork. It wasn’t really worth it to visit Gallery Minato for Mr. Yamashita’s work but it was worth it for the other artworks.
Gallery Minato is a very interesting gallery in Uno with a temporary exhibit, occupied by Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ for the 2016 Setouchi Triennale along with 9 permanent exhibits which are more alike a workshop for artists. It is basically a big warehouse where artists can go and work. Photos are not allowed but the artists did various works from things such as building furniture and leather work to traditional art forms. The most interesting one was a guy who built things out of Styrofoam. The artist has used Styrofoam to build various items that have been used in Japanese movies and was very fun to talk to. I only had a few minutes to talk with him and I highly regret not taking the time to talk a lot more. He was really interesting and probably had a lot of stories to tell but I wanted to catch an early ferry rather than waiting another hour in Uno so I left.
Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ is a very fun artwork but I highly doubt it has lasted beyond a year after the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. I was happy to have seen it and look forward to seeing what Takuya Yamashita can create in the future. Gallery Minato is also a very interesting find and I hope to visit again in 2019 and really take the time to talk to the people there as they are friendly.
Note: Officer BigMac▷Dead Scream▷『Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ』『Chienron❷』〆 is no longer available in Uno.
- Officer BigMac▷Dead Scream▷『Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ』『Chienron❷』〆 (Official Setouchi Triennale Site)
- Officer BigMac▷Dead Scream▷『Jaku-Jaku-samaⅡ』『Chienron❷』〆 (Takuya Yamashita’s Official Site)
- Takuya Yamashita (Official Site)
- Gallery Minato (Official Site – Japanese Only)