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VIRGINIE LAVEY “MY INSTINCTS: CUT&COLLAGE”

HAPPENINGText: Yurie Hatano

Virginie Lavey who has been based in Japan for about 6 years now is an art director originally from Cannes. Her video works or installation have been constantly published in Paris and Tokyo, and the fashion and design industry is also paying attention to her video, graphic, and photography works. In this exhibition, Virginie expressed “INSTINCT as appeal of delicacy, strength, and movements that creatures’ (including human beings’) body has” with fashion elements that And A has.

Stephanie Morel who produced the cutting sheet artworks under the concept of Virginie also visited Japan for the first time. Stephanie is a cutting sheet artist based in France, graduated from Art department in the University of Lyon (same as Virginie), and also performing as a vocalist of a rock group. She uses strong symbols like Virgin Mary, guns and sex in her works, and expresses human’s original beauty by breaking those symbols. Her strong eyes symbolizing her works were impressive.

As an main feature of this opening event, Verginie and Stephanie held a workshop. In the relaxing atmosphere, visitors who brought their T-shirts and some other fabric things received cutting sheet artworks, and formed a line in front of Verginie and Stephanie who showed how to print those with irons and stuff. The cutting sheet the visitors received were also with motifs of creatures and nature as well as the exhibited works. Talking with Verginie and Stephanie, they all seemed satisfied with completed works. There was a man who said “oh I should bring nicer T-shirt!” and also a girl who took off denim jacket she was wearing to have a print on it. Regardless of men and women, or ages.

Furthermore, the collage was appeared in sounds too. Philippe Chatelain, a media artist who’s been based in Japan since 1997, brought an excitement to the event with his “sound collage” which has various music elements of from 20th century to present days. He is also an artist who made the fresco painting in size of 30m for the opening memorial of Sapporo JR Tower. When you visit And A Sapporo, have a look and enjoy his painting work too.

In this event, I felt their borderless attitude for various elements; in art, fashion, music, and even visitors while the solid concept and design had been kept, which was really comfortable and cool. Nice artists. Nice staffs. Keep your eyes on the innovative style and culture that “And A” carries!

Virginie Lavey “My Instincts: Cut&Collage”
Date: October 29th – November 13th, 2006
Place: And A Sapporo
Address: 2F Stellar Place, North 5 West 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Tel: +81 (0)11 209 5315
http://www.and-a.com

Text: Yurie Hatano
Photos: Hiroshi Kotake

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