Dear Shaded Viewers,
When I was in Tokyo last month my friend, ASVONF’s Tokyo correspondent, Martin Webb, took me to visit one of his favorite galleries Mizuma Art Gallery where I was delighted to discover the work of Ai Yamaguchi.
Mr. Mizuma, the owner of the gallery, is known for being a risk taker and for having a sharp and discriminating eye. He is fearless and his choice of artists can at times challange his audience.
I particularly liked the way that Ai Yamaguchi merged the cute with the erotic. On a very personal level, every morning I was taking my breakfast while gazing out at Mount Fuji so to walk into the gallery and to be surrounded by Ai’s original interpretation of Mt. Fuji was a nice journey into the l7th century mixed with the 21st. Ai’s work blends the customs from the Edo-period with her own vision of eroticism. Her subjects often include the real life of girl prostitutes.
?tsuki wa, soshite, haru wa,
acrylic on cotton, blanket and panel
(c) ai yamaguchi ? ninyu works
Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery