HAPPENINGText: Wakana Kawahito

Then, Miho Kinomura, a curator of this exhibition answered our queries.

Please let us know why you chose Mark Jenkins to this exhibition.

Having an exhibition at DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA, it’s boring to collaborate with normal artists. I thought that it should interest people work in fashion, advertisement, art, and everyone is interesting at fashion.

And balance was especially my concern when I choose an artist and took long time to decide. From my interpretation of unique city Tokyo and remarkable fashion brand DIESEL, his name came across my mind and contact him because I have attracted Mark.

What do you think of his works?

There are mainly three points of his works.

1. Fresh idea mixed destructive avant-garde approach and romantic
2. Camouflage kind of sense of humor, like a surprising camera. His works at street involve people.
3. Romantic and dreamy world like a “paradise”, such as theme of this exhibition.

It is very interesting the exquisite unbalance mixed both avant-garde and romantic as well as his dreaming world-this is his eternal theme.

What did you think to shoot making movie?

I was amazed how elaborate the process of work and how careful to make works.
It was really good opportunity to record how to make Mark Jenkins’s work from the begging to the end, and nobody does it before.
By using three movie camera and two still camera, it’s taken documentary film in 10 days since Mark has arrived at Tokyo. In order to make it successful that it took a lot of time including preparation both Washington D.C. and Tokyo in addition to many help by production staff. In this time, I took movie in 10 days myself although I don’t always to do it. I am quite satisfy about success of this Tokyo movie shooting as Tokyo stuff supported me in terms of guerrilla shooting’s negotiation in Harajuku. Mark and I are thinking about applying for some International film festivals in the near future.

Glazed Paradise by Mark Jenkins & Miho Kinomura

For an artist to create works kind of camouflage, it would be dangerous to show the process of making. However, on the other hand, Miho’s making movie reveals the high quality of Mark’s works in terms of making works very precisely and letting us know artist’ sense of humor.
Why don’t you go to the exhibition to be deceived by Mark’s romantic and a little bit grotesque work.

Glazed Paradise by Mark Jenkins & Miho Kinomura
Date: May 24th – August 15th, 2008
Open: 13:00 – 20:00
Address: 6-3-3 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)3 6418 5323
Curated by STUDIO D.O.G.INC

Text: Wakana Kawahito

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