We continue our coverage of the packed calendar of events during Tokyo’s “design weeks” with Aosando Art Fair. Readers who aren’t so familiar with the art and design scene in Tokyo may not know the word “Aosando”. It refers to the backstreets that connected Aoyama and Omotesando.
This event has been held annually since 2007 and features exhibits from artists around the world inside and outside shops in the area. In other words, window shopping as art-viewing.
On the first day of the fair, we took a walk in the backstreets to see what was on offer.
The first exhibit to grab our attention was this cyber Ikebana! Clean and minimal, the artworks by plantica were all rather Zen.
Our next discovery was this digitally altered photography work by Koichiro Takei. Takei’s style feels like both digital media and an oil painting.
Eye-catching illustration will always make you stop in your tracks. This is work by Isamu Gakiya, who is active across many different fields. We love the slightly classic poster character of his work.
This kids’ clothes shop was given a real boost by the cute monsters and other cardboard creatures (and their houses).
Kim Songhe’s junk collage decorates the walls of this hair salon. What’s that under the tiger’s nose? A whale? Look around and you also can find a Maneki-neko. It’s a veritable cat contest!
Dog sculptures by niŭ stand guard at this chic accessory store. Don’t worry, they won’t bite!
Since its current season’s theme is bread, fashion brand Eatable of Many Orders has collaborated with a Kamakura bakery to create these bread and clothing exhibits. The actual planetary bread looked super delicious, the aroma filling the whole shop!
You can also catch some pretty big names at Aosando, such as famous illustrator and designer Seitaro Kuroda. His work has real impact and even if you don’t know who he is, you are bound to stop and want to take a look.
Maybe this is just us at PingMag but we can’t resist animal motifs in art. These are by Genta Honnoh and look at first glance like wooden sculptures, but they are actually made of cardboard!
This is a perfect match between shop and artist. The Argentinian artist’s colorful work employs lots of materials that you never get tired of looking at.
Nagone’s unique photography features everything from hands to eggs, but you won’t find a face in these portraits. All in all, the faceless but pop world is pretty peculiar but also addictive for the viewer.
Don’t just wander around willy-nilly. Watch where you are walking! Because you might be stepping on art. Yes, at Ao you can find a nice series of pictures on the floor in front of the escalators on several floors.