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French, Okinawan artists showcase surreal beauty

Date Posted: 2012-05-25

Alan Affichard and Masashi Kokuba know how to blend realities of fantasy, offering an exhibition, “Journey Between Reality and Fantasy” at Cotonoha Artspace and Café.

Mashashi Kokuba is a specialist in block print, as well as being a photo artist, understanding that when reality and fantasy become close to each other, perceptions of reality and fantasy change. He has teamed with Frenchman Alan Affichard for “Art26º N”, a project that runs through June 10th at Cotonoha Artspace and Café, 1-5-7 Akamichi, Ginowan City. Art26º N creates art space from the viewpoint of amusement empathizing art on a theme of night museums.

This exhibition uses block print and photography to bring together perspectives by adding fantasy to reality of pictures, by handling the light, shadow and distance. It brings reality and fantasy closer through the medium, adding reality to fantasy in the picture creation. Affichard says “I had interest in block print before coming to Japan, and I like using things that are around me, including making works using dirt, wood and stone, something that’s not possible to control by ourselves.”

Affichard says he’s appreciating impact gained from both his studies and the techniques adopted from Jackson Pollack, who’s action painting was popular and energetic in the 50’s. “My favorite work is that I can know what something is, but not clearly, so in other words people who see the work have to think about what the author is trying to express. That,” says Affichard, “is what surrealism wants to tell.”

The Cotonoha Artspace & Café is open 6 p.m. ~ 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission to the art exhibit is ¥500. Food and beverages are separate from the entry fee.

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