The working title of the exhibition: A new look at traditional art of Japan.

Author: Alexander Art.

The aim of the exhibition is to show a wide audience of Japanese art-lovers a new approach to traditional philosophy and practice of Japan rock gardens, the possibilities of interaction between Japanese literature and abstract art.

Artist’s statement:

Traditional Japanese art can and should have a developing influence on contemporary world art. That`s why I bring to your attention this exhibition project as a demonstration of these possibilities in action. And for me it is important to implement this project in Japan.

One of the most striking manifestations of the influence of Japanese culture on my art is my Shapecoloring Sociums. And I am sure, they have the capacity to become a new evolutionary round in the philosophy and practice of Japanese rock gardens.

Despite the apparent similarity with traditional Japanese rock gardens, Shapecoloring Sociums at their core, have a number of differences. Shapecoloring Sociums are not a copy of rock gardens, but their logical continuation. This new art theory takes as its basis the philosophy and logic of creating traditional Japanese rock gardens, which it develops in its own way. I described this in my article, which you can read at this link: /sculpture/

Description of the exhibition project:

The central place in the exhibition should be occupied by sculptures – Shapecoloring Sociums.

This arrangement is due to the fact that it is necessary to look at Shapecoloring Sociums, as well as at rock gardens, from different positions. This is the only way they are fully revealed to a viewer. That is why nothing should block the view, and the viewer should be able to approach the sculpture from any side.

I offer 3 sculptures for exhibition.

To enhance clarity and dynamics, I propose to make the installation process of one of the sculptures open to viewers. That is, the entire exhibition has been assembled, only one last sculpture remains, which I install in front of the audience. And at the end of this process, I am ready to answer any questions from the audience. I declare that an artist must be open to a viewer and must be able to take responsibility for his or her art. I guarantee this meeting will be interesting for everyone.

For exhibiting in this project, I also offer a series of abstract paintings based on the literary works of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, created within the framework of abstract idealism. The text of a literary work is an integral part of the painting; the painting and the text constitute a single work of art.

You can read about abstract idealism and see photos of paintings created within the framework of abstract idealism on my website: /paintings/ and /paintings_/manifesto-of-abstract-idealism/

The total number of paintings in this series is 34. Material: paper – acrylic and canvas – acrylic.

My autobiographical novel “I am Art” also traces the connection of my art with Japan, because one of the heroes of this novel is famous master Saturo. I plan to create a social media series based on this novel, which will include literature, painting, and digital art. The total duration of this project is about 500 posts. The result of this project will be 20 paintings created during its implementation.

These paintings will become part of an exhibition project dedicated to this social media series. I think that this project may also be of interest to the Japanese audience.

In my other novel, called “The Holy Fool,” I described a garden of poems, consisting of art objects that are the objective embodiment of poems, including several dozen tanka and haiku. The novel has not yet been translated into Japanese, but you may be interested in this project, and then it can also be realized.