HAPPENINGText: Aya Takada

It is said that most of the other Canadian artists such as Seth Scriver, Mark Bell, and Amy Lockhart are nomadic as well as Ehman.

Nomadic Exhibition
“Winged Homer during Paleolithic Period”, Shayne Ehman

As put into “Asphalt Watches,” the two artists tell us of strange encounters and make the seemingly meaningless repetitive hours meaningful as well. Born in Canada, where the expansive nature and cultural as well as local assets are put before economic competition, Ehman and his friends show us the importance of enjoying the hours of time purely in addition to expressing ourselves in the workings of nature.

Nomadic Exhibition
Quilt / Collaboration with Gloria Taylor and Shayne Ehman

Further, this exhibition reminds us of the nomadic sense that we have lost through the everyday dialogue in which we sensitively read gestures or the finer expressions from each other, not through the ones in which we compete with each other over our knowledge of using difficult words.

Birdo Flugas Project is trying to build a network without genres in “expression,” where an artist expresses and then connects to another artist; that is, a progressive core or platform of networks endlessly being built up.

Now about 50 Japanese and foreign artists, including some active in the frontline and others in their youth, exchange information with each other for their projects, exhibitions and artistic activity. A genre-straddling network of artists is being built up in order not only to inspire themselves but also to support the whole art scene.

In August 2008, Birdo Flugas are going to take part in the exhibition of 5 Japanese upcoming artists in Vancouver, Canada including Yusuke Gunji, Erika Kobayashi (cartoonist), Itaru Hirama (photographer), Riki Matsumoto (Animator) and Toru Morooka (illustrator). Surely, it will create the field in which Japanese and Canadian artists both express themselves and connect with each other.

Nomadic! – Shayne Ehman & Friends
Date: March 20th – April 20th, 2008
Place: Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo
Address: 2-4-16 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)3 5689 5331

Text: Aya Takada
Translation: Tatsuhiko Akutsu
Photos: Reiji Ohe

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