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If you’re in Tokyo this October… firstly, lucky you! And secondly, don’t miss my friend Yoko’s solo exhibition “mystic elements IV” at Ginza K.Itoya from 1 to 31 October 2015. You can find more information and opening times here, on Yoko’s blog.
Yoko Hayashi “mystic elements IV”
1 – 31 October 2015
2-7-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
[all images copyright yoko hayashi]
soaring | ponderous
propped | aslant
ingenious | hypnotic
sheathed | rationalised
dappled | faceted
the buildings and structures pictured
(in order of first appearance, and if known) are as follows:
- erasmus bridge [ben van berkel, un studio]
- de rotterdam [rem koolhaas, oma]
- kpn tower / toren op zuid [renzo piano, rpbw]
- calypso [alsop architects]
- museum boijmans van beuningen [ad van der steur]
- the museum’s INGENIOUS ‘merry-go-round coat rack‘ [studio wieki somers] & a detail of olaf nicolai & studio thonik’s courtyard collaboration
- rotterdam centraal station [benthem crouwel, meijer & van schooten, west8]
- de delftse poort [abe bonnema]
* wolkenkrabber – excellent dutch word for skyscraper, literally ‘cloud(s) scraper’ – beautifully visualised in bruegel’s 16th century tower of babel painting
jellyfish drawing, work-in-progress
Here are some more jellyfish work-in-progress pics. I’m gradually working towards making a new silkscreen print in this ongoing ‘animal diorama’ series and, with this future print in mind, have been experimenting with tentacle layering, stippled shading and possible patterning for my jellies…
tentacles… some of my favourite things to draw!
stippling… also a favourite pastime (it’s very relaxing)
don’t touch the wet ink!
oops… too late
… more stippling (very relaxed now :-)
jellyfish drawing, work-in-progress
I’ve been drawing jellyfish lately… and I realised pretty early on in my attempts that, despite the plethora of photographic reference material to be found in books and online, without access to a real live model I had no idea how to articulate the twisting, undulating, entwining, knurly oral arms of these compelling creatures.
What’s the next best thing to observing a live model (without leaving your desk)? A highly scientifically-inaccurate dummy hastily constructed from scrap paper, pipe cleaners, tape and bits of yarn, of course!
Fun to make… and it really did help me to figure out how I might draw those tricky, twisty oral arms!
Taped to a window, the overlapping paper ‘arms’ coupled with the play of light and shadow create some interesting abstract shapes too…
My trusty assistant has been on hand to offer advice on the best brush for inking…
… and to engage in a bit of virtual interspecies arm-wrestling.
More jellyfish WIP to come…
On a recent day off we took advantage of the fine spring sunshine and made the brief 42 minute train journey to Delft. Despite its proximity, famous blue ceramics, and Vermeer connection I hadn’t visited the city before, and was hopeful to catch a glimpse of that particular quality of light and shadow so singular to Vermeer’s paintings.
views of delft, april 2015
However, the uncharacteristically clear blue sky and intense spring sunshine had other ideas… and made for far less subtle, but equally rewarding, colours and contrasts.
play of light & shadow
for the cows
(as a vegetarian i find the consumption of veal [kalfsvlees] one of humanity’s more dismaying culinary practices… but i’m not averse to a nice bit of art deco stained glass typography!)
blue segues into green
magnolia, grape hyacinth
gateway to oz?
beneath our feet – spring growth, and a handpainted
reminder about what’s important embedded into the pavement
paparazzi-ing the locals!