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Marginal Art in Satoyama vol.3

Posted : March 9, 2013  

A special exhibition by Yuji Ueno, a budding flower artist, who produce artworks with the theme of flower. After being excommunicated by Sogetsu style, he has begun an activity of original flower arrangment called "hanaike". Challenging it may appear from the traditional Ikebana viewpoint, he has been collaborated with different professions. He finds that the planting flowers on the street in the Echigo-Tsumari region is like graffiti art which draw painting in public space. Based in the gallery space, he will also explore the villages and produce artworks. (curated by art critic, Ren Fukuzumi)

■Yuji Ueno(Artist)

Born in 1967 in Kyoto. Spent time in Kagoshima, reside in Tokyo. Began to learn flower arrangment in 1988 after encountering avant garde style of flower arrangement by Hiroshi Teshigawara. In addition to exhibitions across Japan, he has expanded his stage for activities abroad including Bali island, burn-down sites, and events. Since 2005 he began live performance called "hanaike" at Gallery Maki in Tokyo and has continued and developed to present flower arrangements using flowers and materials reflecting histories and memories of the place. His style of performance - consists of creation and destruction is supported by people from diverse areas. He has collaborated with poets, photographers, musicians, and craftsman.

Fringe events

Ueno will be everywhere executing "hanaike" in the Echigo-Tsumari region. What kinds of new artworks will be created through his expeditions and encounters with local villagers?

The schedule of "fringe events" will be kept updated on this webpage.
Climb Akibayama in Koarato Village
Following a traditional ritual by local villagers to climb Akibayama on 29 April, Ueno will climb up the mountain.
Date and Time:11:00- on Saturday 27 April 2013
Place:Koarato village, Matsudai
If you are interested in joining please send us email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Free of charge

"Hanaike" at Usubuna House
Ueno will do "flower arrangement" at Ubusuna House
Date & Time:13:30- Sunday April 2013
Venue:Ubusuna House
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Charge:JPY500(entrance fee to Ubusuna House)

Set up Yorishiro at Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
Approximately one-hour performance of improvizing "flower arrangement" using wooden pieces, scrap wood and other materials found in the Echigo-Tsumari region in the center courtyard of the museum. Enjoy performance from corridor space on the ground floor or over the window of Dining Bar Echigo-Shinanogawa.
Date & Time:18:30-, Friday 3 May 2013
Venue:Courtyard space of the Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
Free of charge

Participate in rice planting
"Hanaike" while planting rice!
A special event for participants in rice planting activity with Matsudai Tanada Bank only. Please click here for details.
Date:Saturday 25 May 2013 / Sunday 26 May 2013
Time/Charge:Click hereto register with rice planting.

Special tour with Yuji Ueno
Date:Saturday, June 29 - Sunday, June 30
Sunday, July 14 - Monday, July 15
Click here for details.

Information on additional events will be updated on this website.

*Mark your diary!
Sat 11 May, Sun 12 May (Click here for details), Sat 1 June (Click here for details), Sun 2 June, Sun 9 June, Sat 22 June, SUn 23 June, Sat 29 June, Sun 30 June, Sat 6 July, Sun 7 July, Sat 13 July, Sun 14 July and Mon (holiday) 15 July
*Special tour with Yuji Ueno=Sat 29 and Sun 30 June / Sun 14 and Mon 15 July 2013

Saturday, April 13 2013 -
Monday, July 15 2013
10:00 - 17:00
Matsudai Nohbutai Gallery
(3743-1 Matsudai, Tokamachi-city, Niigata Prefecture)
Adult JPY500, Children age below 15 JPY300
(Combined ticket to enter Matsudai History Museum, Adult JPY600, Children age below 15 JPY300)
※Closed on Wednesdays, open on 1 May
For enquiries
TEL 025-761-7767


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