July 2021 vol.229
Time & Style release
“atmosphere” comprehensive furniture catalogue
At a time when the movements of people around the world have come to a pause, we thought to return anew to the starting point of manufacturing: the creation of things that hold a universality yet a freshness as well.
Never standing still, we have poured our efforts into creating products featuring advanced technology and high quality that fuse the Japanese unique cultural and historical values with contemporary lifestyles that transcend national borders.
In April 2021, we announced over 40 new furniture products in different categories. These products are the culmination of our long years of research and development. We have created a new presence by tracing what has been handed down to the present day and traditions that have ceased to exist, deciphering the essence of structures and materials, and transforming the way we value them.
By removing the ego from each product, focusing on its use and purpose, using the materials as they are, and cutting down the design to the utmost limit, we aimed to create a simple and complete existence. We also emphasized that the scenery created by the combination of these products creates a sophisticated atmosphere.
We have now completed our comprehensive furniture catalogue “atmosphere,” the culmination of our manufacturing endeavors up to now. With the wish that products created through Japanese sensibilities, aesthetic sense, technologies, and traditions will fuse with the lifestyles of countries having different histories and cultures to take on an atmosphere expressed as a new value, we will send out “atmosphere” to the world.
With the completion of this catalogue, Time & Style Midtown (Roppongi store) has created a lifestyle space with a collection of new products. We hope you enjoy the world of Time & Style and its atmosphere.
July 9 – August 29, 2021
Time & Style Midtown is pleased to welcome Mami Kosemura for the exhibition “Painting and Life.”
Although Kosemura’s works express “installation,” “video,” and “photography,” all of them are connected to “painting.”
This is a moving image work in which the artist’s hand has been added very naturally and very skillfully to the pattern of exemplary painting. They leave an imprint on the viewer, just as Western classical portraits of figures and still life cut out in frames and Japanese paintings that their settings have expressed. A beautiful photographic still life work, carefully photographed by hand with a steady focus on the motif, reminiscent of certain classical paintings. It’s like a page out of a museum illustrated book, a work of video and photography that makes you doubt your eyes in the world of beautiful images and drawings. Each expression is delicate, and the process of creation seems more picturesque, with the background scenery and playfulness of the artist behind each move.
The exhibition was postponed last summer, then again last winter, and now is being held this summer at the end of the rainy season. During the two postponements, the season of the exhibition and the season of the works to be exhibited became the same season, and the exhibition was organized flexibly, prioritizing that there would be no contradiction for the viewers. Time & Style, the interior store where this exhibition will be held, is a space reminiscent of a living area with furniture, accessories, and bonsai trees arranged according to the seasons. Kosemura’s adaptable creation of the venue and her interaction with people and stores with signs of everyday life are also highlights of this show named “Pictures and Life.” We hope you will come and enjoy the exhibition. (Planning: Banana Art)
“I create photographic and video works that can be described as camera-based reproductions of paintings, drawing on existing staging methods and structures. All of the works on display look like paintings, but they were all created while photographing actual objects. The theme of this exhibition is ‘Pictures and Life.’ “
“Taking advantage of the interior of Time & Style, the exhibition venue, I will exhibit works based on various forms of pictures we happen to see in our daily lives, rather than pictures created in one piece, such as framed oil paintings.”
“For example, botanical paintings and illustrated books drawn for research purposes, sketches that serve as notes, still life paintings of tableware around us used for studies and traditional Japanese barrier paintings and hanging scrolls that were painted as part of interior spaces. This section is based on pictures that were part of daily life. It can be said that these pictures serve as a mirror reflecting the way of life and people’s way of looking at things in the past. Such is the role of a camera in recording, an observer’s view of nature, or a painter’s gaze on daily necessities. The way they are depicted and the way motifs are used are interesting to us today and strange and questionable. The gaps and inconsistencies between our perspectives and those of the forgotten old paintings become more visible and apparent when we try to recreate what is depicted in the paintings in the real space. I hope that through the slight hesitation and sense of discomfort that arises when facing a piece that has been transformed from a picture into reality and then recreated again in the form of a picture, each viewer will be able to see things with a little more sensitivity than usual. Also, this time, I hope you will enjoy the harmony of my works with your unique living space as a display.”(Mami Kosemura)
Postdoctoral Course (Oil Painting), Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts She has created video installations and photographic works that skillfully utilize photographic processing and painting composition and present them at art exhibitions and film festivals in Japan and abroad. 2016 – 2017 Study abroad in New York. Solo exhibition at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Shinagawa, Japan, in 2018.
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