この度、ART OFFICE OZASAでは、「ASK_7人の作家」展を開催いたします。
「A.S.K」は、京都市内に点在する3件のシェアスタジオを管理する「Atelier Share Kyoto」の略称であり、その始まりは1996年に開設された「西京のアトリエ長屋」に遡ります。
今日のように「シェア」と言う考え自体が一般的ではなかった22年前、京都の伝統産業である友禅染工場と隣接する職人長屋2棟8軒をリノベーションし、アーティスト専用のシェアスタジオとして貸出したのが始まりです。その後、2010年に「A.S.K」、2012年には陶芸専用のシェアスタジオ「kyoto ceramic art studio – tochin」が加わり、現在3件の物件がシェアスタジオとして機能しています。今日まで「A.S.K」には、国内外を問わず20代から50代まで、長期短期を含め100名を超えるアーティストが制作の拠点としてきました。
その他、「A.S.K」は2015年にオープンした「KYOTO ART HOSTEL Kumagusuku」の立上げ時のスポンサーとしてサポートを行うなどアーティストへ支援の在り方も模索しています。
また今年2018年の春、「A.S.K」のアーティストが自主的に集まり、スタジオ内にアーティスト・ラン・ギャラリー「Alt Space Post」を立ち上げ、スタジオに留まらない新たな動きが生まれました。
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AOO is pleased to present an exhibition “ASK-7 Artists Exhibition” .
“A.S.K (Atelier Share Kyoto)” is share studios in Kyoto, which goes back twenty-two years to “Atelier Nagaya in Saikyo”. In 1996, “Atelier Nagaya in Saikyo” renovated two Nagayas of craftsmen located next to Yuzen dyeing Factory, and started to lent them as share studios for artists. At that time, the idea of “sharing” was not yet common as today.
After that, “A.S.K” and “Kyoto ceramic art studio – tochin” (share studio for ceramics) successively joined to it in 2010 and in 2012, and nowadays “A.S.K” consists of three share studio buildings. Since then, regardless of lending-period, age and nationality, more than 100 artists have been based in “A.S.K” .
“A.S.K” also seeks the way to support artists, sponsoring “KYOTO ART HOSTEL Kumagusuku” in 2015. In the spring of 2018, the artists in “A.S.K” showed a new movement of voluntarily launching an Artist Run Gallery named “Alt Space Post”.
At this time, AOO hold a group exhibition “A.S.K : 7 Artists Exhibition” by the artists in “A. S. K” with different academic backgrounds, ages and nationalities.
With this exhibition, you can think of “Le Bateau-Lavoir” for Picasso and Modigliani, “La Ruche” for Chagall and Les Gets, or “Ikebukuro Montparnasse” for Aimitsu and Matsumoto Shunsuke. AOO is pleased to show a cross-section of share studios with promising contemporary artists. We do hope you will be able to have a look.
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‘Studio, Share, Kyoto.’
When you enter these three words into Google search engine, the very first hit is ‘A.S.K Atelier Share Kyoto.’ One of the artists residing in‘A.S.K’ shared studio told me this. This is how he found A.S.K and came to Kyoto.
‘Studio’ is the sincerity of artists pursuing a better environment, ‘share’ is the era of permeation of the culture of sharing, ‘Kyoto’ is the disseminator of culture. These three words symbolize the anxiety and hope for art today. A.S.K is the place where these three words intersect.
In 1996 when the concept of sharing had not yet been established, ‘Nishigyo tenement’ was a pioneer, renovated from a workers’ tenement house. In 2010 a 3-story Kyozome factory in Nishikyogoku was refurbished and “A.S.K” began. With new arrivals and departures from the original six people, 15 young artists now reside here, as they repeat an increasing and decreasing metabolism. On the first floor are painters of Japanese and western paintings. Clothing and design, dying, and music artists are on the second floor. The third floor has sculpture and 3D artists. Their academic backgrounds, birthplaces, nationalities, and ages are all diverse. It is a gathering of members each with varied roots, histories, and backgrounds.
This constantly changing studio is just like Kyoto itself. The people in ancient times were closed in on three sides by mountains, and the city was established in the basin that opens up to the south. Various people like migrants and cultures from outside flowed in, creating new trends and renewing traditions continuously. Even in the humanities, there is a different academic climate than in Tokyo. The Kyoto University Research Centre for the Cultural Sciences and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies achieve their results with collaborative research, by cross-disciplinary scholars consulting across different fields.
Speaking of art, it’s a reasonably-sized town. Due to the population, there are many art-related universities, the graduates of which live and make art here. There are also many galleries and spaces to exhibit. You can get around most distances by bike. Everything is in walking-range. Thankfully it’s not overflowing with information like Tokyo, so you don’t get overwhelmed. This kind of moderate population density cultivated avant-garde and rebellious movements like Pan real association and Sodeisha after the war. In a small basin lateral connections are easy to make. Then in the 1980’s, the Kansai New Wave swelled around young artists in Kyoto, and afterwards studios such as Dam Type and Kyupi Kyupi formed and produced work here.
However recently academics, culture, and society are becoming closed off, whether from colleagues sticking closely together, or conversely pigeonhole-like specialization on its own. Movements that actively try to engage with the outside are few, and even in art this tendency seems to be strong.
The cooperative or shared studios which have increased since the 21st century may change such a rigid art scene. There are especially high hopes for the large scale A.S.K. since we are trying to change from a simple artists’ apartment to an outward facing operation. We are also beginning projects full of experimentation, such as exchanges with Korean art groups, post-war art study groups, and hosting open studios with other shared studios in the area. “Alternative Space Post” newly established on the 1st floor of the studio, absorbs the ideas born from the artists, who say they want to make it a space which they themselves influence. It’s likely to become an adventurous space that differs from existing galleries.
‘Post’has the image of a thing mailed and delivered somewhere. It joins isolated artists together, stimulates the artists’ own position and identity, shakes up their surroundings, and causes a stir in society. We look forward to what kind of correspondence returns from our outgoing dispatches.
As a city representative of Japanese culture, Kyoto turns out many artists who are active both within and outside the country. It also has many artistic universities and is the base of activity for large numbers of young artists. In recent years the number of shared studios used by several people has increased.
“ASK -Atelier Share Kyoto,” is a shared studio renovated from a three-story Kyozome workshop ten minutes from Hankyu Nishikyogoku station by foot. There are currently fourteen different painting, sculpture, photography, design, dyeing, and clothing artists who have moved into the studio. Each of them has varying academic backgrounds, ages, and nationalities. So far we’ve engaged in many activities that go beyond the normal framework of a shared studio, such as cultural exchange exhibitions with Korean art groups, seminars on post-war art history, and planning cooperative open studios with other shared studios in the area.
Since the spring of 2018 we have created “Alt Space Post/ Alternative Space Post,” an artist-run gallery on the studio’s first floor. We plan experimental exhibitions and events which cross the boundaries between artists, curators, critics, and collectors. We want to make this a space in which to create new values.
ASK’s endeavor may be no more than the singular endeavor of the many shared studios in Kyoto. However, the spread of our influence could be a chance to cause a chain reaction of fellow artists, that recalls the former School of Paris or the New York school which gave birth to abstract expressionism.
In the city of Kyoto where traditional culture and contemporary art intersect, this exhibition investigates the meaning, themes, and potential of collaboration between us artists.
Period | 2018. 7 .21 [sat]~ 8. 11 [sat]
Place | ART OFFICE OZASA
207 Nishijin Textile Center West, 414 Tatemonzen-cho,kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 6028216 Japan
Opened | Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm *closed on Sundays, Mondays, and public holidays
Time : 7. 28 (Sat)16:00 – 17:30 Guest : Kurahara Aiko (HAPS)
【Detail for Catalog】
Narada Koji Tomas Svab Torii Yuito
Catalog text:Kawamura Ryo (The Kyoto Shimbun) Catalog Translation:John Gibson
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Alt Space POST https://alt.space-post.org
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207 Nishijin Textile Center West. 414 Tatemonzen-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 6028216 Japan