Simplicity in Yamaguchi

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Picking green things for workshop with 村山修二郎 (Shujiro Murayama) in Yamaguchi, Japan

It’s too easy today… to get stuck in a way of thinking which presents life to you as one struggle after another, an overly complex maze of people, places, and things, all which must be conquered in order to get to the ultimate resting place… which unfortunately is often the graveyard, and all before we’ve had any chance to enjoy life!

At any rate, it’s nice to come to a more relative understanding of life, placing ourselves as little specks in a big world, and the world as a little speck in a big universe.

House and rice field in Yamaguchi, Japan
House and rice field in Yamaguchi, Japan

Opening up to such a wide perspective enables us to realize how lucky we are, to be able to feel and enjoy something such as the warm sunshine following a cool rain, or green plants sprouting from a deep brown soil, or all the little creatures who live within this, and seem to enjoy it as much as we might.

I am in Yamaguchi this week to install pieces for two gallery shows. If you’re in the area, the two shows are part of the city-wide Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media 10th anniversary exhibition, and will show from July 6 — September 29:

N3 Art Lab — “Eco Art Village Project
Scenes from Final Straw and a Free Food Kit interactive installation
with Suhee Kang!

Yamaguchi Institue of Contemporary Art — “Ideal Garden
The first showing of the Green series of lightscapes and soundscapes

As part of the week, I also was able to attend an amazing master class with a painter who uses only raw leaves as his paint. His images are really delicate, beautiful, and huge, covering entire walls. It was a good time, picking leaves and flowers, and making our own ‘eco’ art.

Working with leaves as color in workshop with 村山修二郎 (Shujiro Murayama) in Yamaguchi, Japan
Working with leaves as color in workshop with 村山修二郎 (Shujiro Murayama) in Yamaguchi, Japan
Discussing student work with 村山修二郎 (Shujiro Murayama) in Yamaguchi, Japan
Discussing student work with 村山修二郎 (Shujiro Murayama) in Yamaguchi, Japan
Picking green things for workshop with 村山修二郎 (Shujiro Murayama) in Yamaguchi, Japan
Picking green things for workshop with 村山修二郎 (Shujiro Murayama) in Yamaguchi, Japan

Returning to Megijima on Wednesday morning to film the final week of interviews before we go into preparations for the show there which goes up on July 20. More on that, and on the amazing team we have assembled there, later… if the internet continues to reach the island!

If not, well, Simplicity.

I’ll leave with a trio of images from my morning…

At Kimachi House, Yamaguchi, Japan
At Kimachi House, Yamaguchi, Japan
At Kimachi House, Yamaguchi, Japan
At Kimachi House, Yamaguchi, Japan
At Kimachi House, Yamaguchi, Japan
At Kimachi House, Yamaguchi, Japan

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