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The theme at Fukuoka Airport is “PATTERN”. The Kyushu area, where the airport is located, is known for its rich craft traditions, including Arita ware (Arita-yaki), Satsuma ware (Satsuma-yaki), and Hakata-ori textiles. In this exhibit, two artists present works inspired by the idea of “PATTERN”, which is an integral component of handicrafts.
Kyushu has had a rich history of exchange with the Asian continent since ancient times, welcoming its craftsmen and incorporating many of its cultural resources. Artisans in the area developed unique Japanese handicrafts and exported them to the continent as well as to Europe, America, and the rest of the world.
MIZUE Mirai, one of the artists involved in the exhibit, is an animation director who expresses his view on life through the movement of various figures, including geometrical patterns. MIZUE has created animations that appear to live and breathe, inspired by the rich patterns that emerged from the unique native handicrafts that developed across Kyushu as a result of the interplay between a variety of cultural elements.
The second artist, MURAYAMA Macoto, is a digital artist who uses exhaustive observation to create botanical diagrams in such minute detail that they resemble sophisticated architectural drawings. He has created original graphics for the Fukuoka Airport exhibit inspired by the botanical paintings traditionally used to decorate Arita ware, a type of porcelain renowned worldwide. His work has in turn been used to decorate new Arita ware as well.

Exhibition theme

CRAFTS
“PATTERN”

Kyushu Crafts MIZUE Mirai

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The three-dimensional artwork based on a motif of patterns found on four Kyushu crafts was created by MIZUE Mirai, an animation director from Fukuoka Prefecture known for abstract animation techniques. It features animation created using the patterns of Baramon kites from western Kyushu (top left), Hakata-ori textiles from northern Kyushu (top right), Yamaga lanterns from central Kyushu (bottom left), and Satsuma kiriko cut glass from southern Kyushu (bottom right). In addition, abstract animation placed in the center of the artwork overflows like magma and spreads into the surrounding areas. MIZUE’s vision of the artwork as a whole is “a source of Kyushu creativity, inherited from ancient times to modernity, that will be passed on to the future.” Since ancient times, the Kyushu region has actively exchanged culture and technology with China and the Korean Peninsula due to their proximity, so a culture of sophisticated crafts has been carried down to the present day. MIZUE visited workshops for various crafts and created this piece based on the inspiration he gained from them.

Location: Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal Arrivals Entrance, Floor 1 (February 10, 2021 - March 17)
International Terminal, Floor 4 (March 19, 2021 -)
* Please note that the International Terminal may experience periodic closures, during which time the artworks displayed there cannot be viewed. Please refer to the "Flight Information" section of the Fukuoka Airport website for information on the day's operations.

Kyushu Crafts

Japan was said to be the eastern most point on the Silk Road, which connected Europe, the Middle East, and Asia from ancient times and transmitted diverse cultures. Through the country’s exchange with global culture and a unique sensitivity that allowed for a subtle perception of nature, Japan came to birth many traditional crafts. Because the Kyushu region, where Fukuoka Airport is located, is particularly close to China and the Korean peninsula and has had a vigorous exchange of culture and technology with these places from olden times, it has inherited a culture of refined crafts, such as the world famous Arita and Satsuma porcelain and the Hakata-ori textiles. In the works in the present collection, the artists have selected for their inspiration four Kyushu crafts with particularly impressive patterns: Hakata-ori textiles from the north, baramon kites from the west, Yamaga lanterns from Kyushu’s center, and Satsuma kiriko cut glass from the south.

MIZUE Mirai Official website

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1981, MIZUE Mirai is an animation director who creates non-narrative pieces with cellular and geometric motifs. Known for his unique, eye-catching abstract animations, MIZUE is involved in a wide variety of projects that include independent animation and music videos. Nominated at all four of the world’s top animated film festivals (Annecy, Ottowa, Hiroshima, and Zagreb), his most famous work, MODERN No. 2 enjoyed its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and won the Original Music Prize at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The world premiere of MIZUE’s Wonder took place at the Berlin International Film Festival and went on to win the CANAL + Creative Aid prize at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. He is currently working on his first full-length animation, tentatively titled Mirai Mizue’s Journey to the West.

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Arita-yaki MURAYAMA Macoto

Arita ware × Inorganic flora “Chrysanthemum”

The artwork was produced through a collaborative endeavor between an Arita ware pottery and MURAYAMA Macoto, who creates botanical illustrations using digital tools such as 3D modeling. Arita ware was the first porcelain produced in Japan, characterized by a pure white base and delicately painted illustrations. After the mid-17th century, it was actively exported primarily to Europe and has come to be appreciated throughout the world. MURAYAMA focused on the chrysanthemum, one of the motifs often used in Arita ware decorations, to produce digital botanical illustrations using a 3D modeling tool. Then, the long-established Arita ware pottery, Fukusen-gama produced porcelain and painted it based on MURAYAMA’s botanical illustrations. This novel approach resulted in a new kind of traditional craft using botanical illustrations through a combination of digital creation and classic handicraft.

Arita ware Production: Fukusen gama kiln (http://www.fukusengama.co.jp/)
Video: NISHINO Masanobu
Supervision & Arita ware Design: KOGO Chisato (Specially Appointed Professor / Kagawa Nutrition University, Associate Professor / Kurashiki Sakuyo University)

Location: Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal Arrivals Entrance, Floor 1 (February 10, 2021 - March 17)
International Terminal, Floor 4 (March 19, 2021 -)
* Please note that the International Terminal may experience periodic closures, during which time the artworks displayed there cannot be viewed. Please refer to the "Flight Information" section of the Fukuoka Airport website for information on the day's operations.

Arita-yaki

Arita ware is known throughout the world, especially in Europe. Its history is an old one, stretching back to the early 17th century. To make Arita ware, artisans applied either a monochrome coat of blue dye, ferrous pigments, or colorful red, yellow, green, purple, and navy blue ceramic paints to pure white porcelain. The finished pieces were then exported from the port of Imari to countries in Southeast Asia and Europe by the Dutch East India Company.This led to the porcelain becoming widely known as “Imari porcelain.” Because Europe lacked the technology to produce porcelain until the 18th century, the royalty and nobility valued it even more than gold and the possession of porcelain was tied to status.In Japan, pottery stone was first discovered at Izumiyama Quarry in the town of Arita. For this reason, Arita was one of the first places in Japan to manufacture porcelain, becoming a traditional area of production.. More than 400 years later, Arita continues to produce high quality porcelain pieces.

MURAYAMA Macoto Official website

Born in 1984, MURAYAMA Macoto is a digital artist who creates detailed botanical images by combining his talent for minute observation with his exceptional computer graphics skills. MURAYAMA makes expert use of 3D modeling software and other digital tools, integrating organic plant forms with an architectural visual aesthetic. His work opens up new possibilities in botanical and engineering drawings by combining artistic and scientific approaches. Major awards include the Asia Digital Art Award, the Fukuoka Governor’s Award, and the Minister of MEXT Award at the 2017 Asia Digital Art Awards.

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