I had my solo-exhibition in NY.
Chris Namaizawa’s Artist Statement - “LANDMARK”
Chris Namaizawa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. His father is American and mother is Japanese.
When he wore his junior high uniform his multi-ethnic appearance revealed that he is different from other classmates who have both Japanese parents. Japan has been consisted of one race for long time. Japanese people stare at someone different because they are not get used to seeing mixed races. Japanese society respects a good harmony in the group and someone or something different from others stands out in the group. That’s how he felt and grew up during junior-high school.
Meeting “Tokyo Street-Culture Fashion” changed to better situation. If he gets stares from other Japanese people why not wear something attract them ? the distinctive fashion expressing his own sense of fashion. It even gave him a freedom to express himself as who he is.
He produced “POP CAMOUFLAGE” series in 2014. It’s concept was to change the “Camouflage art" from hiding ones to distinguish ones instead.
The new series, “LANDMARK” define a pile of ripped and torn papers which were produced by the process of “POP CAMOUFLAGE” series as a symbol of it.
Actions of gluing and sticking papers to the canvas as planned are as if it were representing the routine of people who live in the system of society. On the other hands, rubbing and tearing off papers are as if it were trying to gain the freedom in the conflicted society.
The pieces of torn papers gather underneath the canvas as time goes by. Those are the landmark of what an artist’s soul things gathered underneath the canvas after the completion of creating of his soulful art piece by repeating a set of gluing, sticking, rubbing and tearing papers off on the canvas.
A pile of torn papers underneath the canvas tells how long an artist faced trying to come up with what his art work wanted to be. It is the landmark symbolizing the freedom slept deep in his soul. The freedom exists close to us and we are able to gain it.