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《 New Stone Tools, Torii, Dusk/ Dawn》Pre-order of Artist’s independent publishing, and artist sharin

Preorder from now till May 7th Sharing on independent publishing: 1/6/2017(THU)7:30pm @Art and Culture Outreach| Pre-order/ registration:

Four artist books –“Dusk/ Dawn”, “Torii”, “New Stone Tools/ Open yourself to the landscape“ and “bridge”(something like a bridge) by Rooftop Institute's collaborating artist - Shitamichi Motoyuki (Michi-san) are now available for pre-order at ACO book store. A piece of stone from Okinawa coastline will be included with the artist book "New Stone Tools/ Open yourself to the landscape". Your per-order item will be ready for pick-up at ACO bookstore from mid-May. Please don't miss the chance! Michi-san dreamt to be an archaeologist when he was a small kid, however how he uses a “modernology” approach as his usual practice in his art projects and life, by observing, documenting and re-imagining his surroundings. He found “Michi Laboratorary” in 2013 and has been doing self-publishing and distribution since then, come and share the experience of artist-book making!

About “Dusk/ Dawn”: Dawn and dusk has long been exist at the same time somewhere in the earth, artist uses photography to re-examine such happening. There are layers of color of skies in America and Japan inside the photo book. Except the album cover, there are no text. In your hand, this is a photo book as well as a movie of 30-min sky. Please flip through the pages and see as movie. $250 (edition 800) About “Torii”: This series of [torii] is one of Shitamichi’s significant works, photographed the remaining Torii outsides Japan. After the previous photo album “War” has published 8 years, [torii] is the photo series which drew high attention in Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo “MOT Annual 2012/ Making Situations, Editing Landscapes” and artist earned the Noon Award (Emerging Artist) of Gwangju Biennale in 2012 by this work. The photo album includes 30 pieces unpublished photos, also recorded the field research diary, notes and documents at different places such as Taiwan. $300 (edition 1000) About “New Stone Tools”: “I came to Kurobe City Art Museum for the research of exhibition. This museum have been built near the sea. I walked around the beach, and I met one landscape of stone in a small fishing village. The landscape is people living with stones from the beach. People live in this area since ancient times and many stone tools are excavated from pit style dwellings. In the exhibition, I exhibited photographs of the landscape of those stones and the actual stone tools that was excavated by an archaeologist, and I made a photo book with these photographs, and wrapped a stone inside the book. The selected stone doesn't have any meaning. However, when people open this book, pick out the stone, they will find its new meaning in daily life.” - Shitamichi Motoyuki $200 (edition 500) About “bridge “("something like a bridge"): “One day, I found something like a bridge. Is this tool? structure? infrastructure? maybe this is a connection.Scenery is made up of nature and people's lives, like layers on top of one another. The city keeps changing, it takes an extremely fast pace consuming goods and information. In this context, photographer may not be the most creative being. They simply enjoy turning the scenery appears to their eyes into individual gaze. Photographer perceives this world/reality which come up to them , and hence beget either a beautiful, wistful, and sometimes painful views of the world. Photographer turns on the small switch to visualize those objects and connections which have not yet been packaged, categorized or monumentalized.” - Shitamichi Motoyuki $20,000 (edition 5, total length: 60m, with 253 photos) Shitamichi Motoyuki Biography: Graduated from Musashino Art University's Department of Painting in 2001, SHITAMICHI Motoyuki is a ‘traveling’ artist, known for using research and fieldwork approach to unfold the stories and histories that had been largely forgotten or buried by our everyday lives. From 2001 to 2005, Shitamichi travelled all over Japan, to photograph abandoned military structures and equipment, such as bunker, fort and pillboxes, that have been left to deteriorate during the 60 years since World War II. These research and findings have been compiled and published into the book Remnants. From 2006 to 2012, Shitamichi photographed torii that still remain standing outside Japan as relics of the Pacific War. From Taiwan and Korea, i.e. the region that was ruled over by Japan from the Meiji period until the end of WWII, to the Sakhalin and Saipan, the history and present of these now shrine-less torii are calmly revealed. The other projects include “Sunday Painter” (2005-2010), in which he visits the owners of the hobby-like paintings drawn by his grandfather, and in “Walk with your eyes” (2010-), Shitamichi conducts a workshop to draw a map with letters for discovering tiny and small landmarks at street corners. Shitamichi received Sagamihara Young Photographer Award in 2015, Tekken Heterotopia Literary Prize in 2014 and Noon Award (Emerging Artist) of Gwangju Biennale in 2012. Inquiry:28934808/ / Co-presented by Rooftop Institute & Art and Culture Outreach


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