SICF16 is an art festival that discovers, fosters and supports local emerging artists. It starts as a competition where 100 artists are selected and then they get the chance to show their artworks in Spiral, a well-know artistic venue in Tokyo. Art genres go from painting to photography, fashion, sculpture, installations and videos.
Here is a selection of some of the mind-blowing artworks I saw. Big thanks to the artists for taking the time to talk to me and explain their amazing artworks and for letting me shoot their works as well.
Junya Iida (right) and Kenta Mimura (left) are the creative minds behind Komekaminilemon, The pieces they displayed were so poetic, wisely merging fashion with art. For their work “GROWING” they show a clip where a boy is playing outdoors and gets his pants dirty. He gets upset and starts brushing away the dirt with his hands only to find out an encouraging message on his pants reading “Don’t Cry“. Jun explains “there’re hidden embroidered messages below the fabric carrying different words”. Love this piece!
Maki Emoto, fiber artist and textile designer, created these whimsical flower accessories using old Kimono fabrics. See her artworks HERE
Another great artist, Kota Nishiura, creates animal faces on clay covered styrofoam, and then draws over it. It takes him between 1 month and 1 1/2 to create one piece. Check his amazing artworks HERE
Osaka-born Yusuke Shimomura, is a dazzling paper artist. He traces hand-drawn lines and then cuts the paper creating delicate silhouettes of doves. For this exhibition the doves were hanging from thin threads inside the booth and swung gently when the audience got closer to admire his work. Enjoy his works HERE
Koji Sekikawa a fantastic illustrator, who uses ordinary colour pencils and acrylic paints to create amazing and detailed drawings. More artworks HERE
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Graphic Designer Mariko Obi worked on the concept “If tool is poisoned”. She found her inspiration in poisonous frogs, reproducing their colours and skin patterns and applying them to everyday ordinary objects. She Check her works HERE
New York-based artist Chiami Sekine, merges Japanese pop culture with traditional Western painting techniques and creates a series of illustrations of animals. Her main character is a boxing bear that she uses as a self-portrait. Check her whimsical works HERE
Cobird uses wood panels for his artworks. He paints on top of the wood and then scratches the paint off in specific places, creating a final image. It takes him around 2 weeks to create a piece and the final result is beautiful. Want to see more of his works? Click HERE
Kagoshima-based artist Riichiro Shinozaki, creates monochromatic, painstaking, time-consuming, highly complex and admirable illustrations that he then reproduced digitally over and over again until he filled the walls of his booth. He uses a 0.25mm black ball pen for this art…beyond words! More works HERE
I really enjoyed my visit to SICF16. Festivals like this give young emerging artists the exposure they need to elevate them, both creatively and professionally. SICF is definitely full of exceptional talent, creators and thinkers. Thanks so much – and please do it again next year!
SICF16 (Japanese only) – Spiral 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Closest Station: Omotesando (In front of Exit B1, Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda Lines) Official Website HERE (English, Japanese). Entrance Fee ¥700 – SICF16 ends on May 5th, 2014
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