I met one of the young artists who exhibited his paintings in the art gallery named “kokonoka”. His mild and gentle character is shown on his paintings through shapes and colors. I interviewed this young artist, Mr. Ogue.
Both of my parents worked for the field related to design and I was strongly influenced by them. I loved drawing when I was a child, and I have joined the drawing class since I was in the kindergarten. Later, I joined the LEGO class and made an electric motor car. This class taught me engineering knowledge. Since I grew up actually touching a lot of different things with my hands but not going to the museums just to see the arts, the person who influenced me the most was Mr. Wakuwaku by NHK.
When I was at the art prep school before attending the undergrad, they taught me a sense of creating a space realistically. This sense did not match to my sense exactly. I learned oil painting later, and there was something that fits into my sense because of its liberal texture and subject matter. It is not drawing a thing but making an expression of picture plane, so it is a lot closer to the sense of communication with a painting.
As for music, I was not able to find music that I would love to repeat in my brain before. Therefore, I started composing myself. For me, music and art are connected on the bottom line, and I love making something myself.
As for the color, more I draw, it becomes more white. I guess white must be my favorite color. As for the shape, I want to draw the other side of things. That is why outline is fading out lately.
I am not good at the relationships maintained only on the surface. When I am seeing the core, I feel like alive. Even though there are no shapes but there is something that I can recognize. This sense is a part of the feelings, and I think it is very important when I draw.
Painting is liberal as if it is like a creature. Unlike other creation medium, you can stop looking at the paintings only a second. I like this freedom. Depending on the person who looks at the painting, the explication will be changed freely. The artists entrust the explication to the audience. Therefore, I draw paintings which can listen to the voice from audience. I am more conscious of having an ear on the paintings but not having a mouth so that we can make a dialogue with audience.
Sometimes I realize the following feeling after finishing my piece. “This was what I wanted to draw.” I talk to the paintings on the process and put more layers of color. I get an inspiration from the trivial things I find in the common instances happening in my daily life. A moment of betrayal in a positive sense makes me realize that something like this could be possible. That is why I have a side that I want to be betrayed by the paintings. When I can draw something beyond my imagination but not the fixed image, I feel the piece is completed. If I know the completion before I start drawing, I would not draw anymore.
Many people say, “You are growing up remaining in child”. There might be childish part in my piece in a good sense. I of course get older, but I try to draw a painting related to each moment and each time of my life.
It was the exhibition held in the art place “kokonoka” in October, 2016. It was the very first solo exhibition without other artists’ pieces. I had a craving for competing with others on my own collection alone once. The exhibition ended up absorbing the voices from the location and my pieces naturally but not just laying out the pieces. Since I had exercised my ingenuity, I got a lot of great responses from the audience.
Throughout this exhibition, I became to allow myself a lot more compare to before. There is much more space for play while I talk to the paintings even though I am still obsessed with subject matters and others. The people around told me, “Your pieces have been changing”. It is very interesting to see the changes of my pieces along with the growth as an artist.
I would like to expand my knowledge, so attending the graduate school is one of my options. I also want to dig into a notion of a new perspective other than painting field. For example, the same painting on the black wall and the white wall looks completely different. The same nuance will be applied to myself. I want to know how I look like if I would situate in the different environment.
I am interested in what words I would speak up in this different environment. I like to make a thing, so I also like to project with a playful spirit and enough freedom. The project itself will be changed, and it will be fun to see the change.
We are going to hold the exhibition named “munimuni” together with same grade students from the school in January. I will be able to learn something that I do not own from other students, and that is my favorite part. I want to be related to the activities of making things along with my flexible style and all kinds of perspectives.
I would like to give ideas to people in the different situation and scenery. When you see the things from the different perspective, the world seems different even in the usual day or familiar-looking sites. It would be great if the audience feel the same way.
When you are restricted by the words, it tends to be obsessed with the common practice. But if you can get rid of the constraints and change your angle, you can find a new and interesting aspect. I would like to find this new aspect with the audience.
For this reason, I want to value on the world which I can see in the paintings.
photos are taken by Jun Suzuki