“Follow the rules” was a difficult artwork to see completely but it was a really good artwork. This artwork by Kaori Kurosaki is a very interesting take on how to create art. The design of each painting was really creative and the process was pretty unique. The style of the artwork is a little hard to associate with Shodoshima but the precision of each piece was wonderful.
“Follow the rules” occupied 3 locations. I missed the location in Sakate as it was in the office of the Coast Guard and I didn’t realize that until it was too late. I may have seen some of the artwork as Kaori Kurosaki hadn’t completed all of her artworks prior to the end of the summer edition of the 2016 Setouchi Trienanle. I only saw the Umaki storehouse location and I cannot confirm whether the storehouse counts as 2 locations or 1 as it did occupy 2 storehouses in the same place in Umaki.
The process to create “Follow the rules” starts with a computer. Kaori Kurosaki created some drawings using 3D modelling and then printed the images out. She then started work on painting the drawings on canvas and this was the result. The Umaki storehouse location was where Kaori Kurosaki was in residence and if you were lucky you could have seen her in the process of painting the artwork. Unfortunately she was not there when I visited but a nice old gentleman was kind enough to explain her workshop a little.
Once you enter the Umaki storehouse location, the first thing you see is a small waiting area. It was more of a place for people to sign a blackboard with their own messages. Many people were marking where they were from and I had to join in. If you look closely, you can see where I put my little maple leaf with a pompadour haircut.
The first room I entered is the one with art being showcased on the Setouchi Triennale’s official site. It was really nice to see the art in person and even more beautiful. While photos are nice, it was even better to be able to see the main works in person. The floor was also really nice with really soft wood chips on the floor that also helped to keep the storehouse quiet. The second storehouse was located just next to the first one and the pictures in the second storehouse were just as beautiful.
While “Follow the rules” may not be the most connected artwork on Shodoshima, I really did enjoy Kaori Kurosaki’s style. I enjoy the computer created images but also the hand replicated versions. I wouldn’t mind seeing the paintings again but I don’t think I will be able to get anything more out of it. I am the type where seeing an artwork once is usually more than enough and it has to be pretty spectacular for me to want to visit it a second or even a third time.
Note: Follow the rules is no longer available on Shodoshima.
- Follow the rules (Official Setouchi Triennale Site)
The first time I encountered the artwork was actually the location you missed in Sakate, and I must admit that I was less than impressed by it.
Then, later on, I went to the Umaki store house / gallery / atelier and I really loved it.
I assume the location played a major part in my change of feelings about the art, from the wall of a boring administrative building to this part traditional, part a bit unreal series of half renovated buildings.
Also, the fact that the staff was very welcoming, and the artist was there (busy at work, but she still took a few seconds to welcome us) was a huge factor.
I still regret missing the other artwork, but at least I saw this one. I agree, without her being there, or the friendly staff, it would not have been as interesting. Learning about art and the meaning really helps to understand it. I sometimes forget that I know more than most people when seeing the art and realize it after people tell me they were not impressed by it.
Case in point, told a student about Chino, the sea bream in Uno. At first she didn’t really like it, but as the story unfolded, she became more and more interested in it.
That’s one of the issues of contemporary art in my opinion.
Yes, it often has more meaning / messages than classical art (well classical art is full of them, but it’s often very metaphorical and if the message flies well above your head it doesn’t prevent you from appreciating the art), but you need an explanation to fully grasp and appreciate it.
Back in the days, I was a bit of an extremist with that, deeming all art that needed an explanation to be fully appreciated as “crap”.
I’m more moderate now, but it still an issue that arises from time to time.