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Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 04:48 am
A glimpse of something crepuscular

Mostly visual stuff for you today. Galerie Dennis Cooper (actually an imaginary art gallery that consists of novelist Dennis Cooper posting stuff on his blog) presents, intriguingly enough, an exhibition of Benoit Hennebert's sleeves for Brussels record label Les Disques du Crepuscule (1981-1987) this week.



Hennebert was a huge influence on Mike Alway, and on my own 1982 sleeve for my first album with The Happy Family, which employed Clarendon type and big asterisks and the kind of tweaked 60s retro Hennebert was so good at (and I wasn't).

Cooper has added a row of videos of Crepuscule acts which really makes me think of Brussels as the site of an alternative, parallel history of the New Wave, a much more interesting history than the authorised version. It reminds me of the marginal modernisms happening in regions like Brazil, and how, in some way, you can learn more about modernism from them than from mainstream accounts. Or perhaps I mean there's more juice and character in these provincial scenes; they're more interesting to rummage through, and their strangeness brings them to life as something yet-to-be-accommodated.

The Crepuscule repertoire was very eclectic, but there's something Lynchian and off-kilter about everything which ties it together. That, the high cheekbones and the immaculate sleeves.

The next thing I want to talk about today is Composite magazine. I wasn't quite sure whether this Japanese culture and fashion mag still existed (I mean, that's true of just about any magazine these days and quite a few newspapers too), but Hisae told me it had morphed into a new title called Ecocolo in early 2007. Ecocolo focuses on ecological issues and Slow Life, and has so far published 35 editions.



Composite billed itself as a "stylebook of real creative people around the world", but I think of it as essentially a Shibuya-kei title, and what interests me is how it's gone green, because I think of Shibuya-kei as a movement celebrating the global reach of 1990s consumerism, whereas eco-consumerism is about contracting consumerism and going local. A lot of the people (editors, producers, art directors, musicians) associated with Shibuya-kei in the 90s veered towards Slow Life, LOHAS and the ecological movement in the 00s, and I can only explain this apparent reversal by saying that eclectic global consumerism was to the last decade what ethical local consumerism is to this one. They're both the cutting edge of bourgeois consumer refinement, even if they seem to be moving in different directions.

In 2008 Sugatsuke Masanobu, ex-editor of Composite, told Japan Journal: "Right now, no fashion trend could emerge or last very long without giving a big bow to the environment. In Japan, whatever is wasteful, excessive or selfish just won't cut it anymore, no matter how snazzy the design."



We mentioned Fareeza Terunuma the other day -- she's been appearing in a self-objectifying installation at young art fair Geisai 12, sitting on a toilet surrounded by self-portraits as a porn star. A little research (I do it so you don't have to) reveals that Terunuma actually is a porn star, as her blog Yuka Osawa in Wonderland reveals. Here you'll find vegetables as anal probes, tentacle rape fantasies, and vast actionist paintings made of vegetable dye sprayed out of Terunuma's enema-charged anus.

Fareeza Terunuma (her unusual first name comes from the fact that her father is Turkish) is a "splash queen", veteran of movies with names like Tokyo Slimy Night, Splash Girl and Non Stop Orgasm. After a long string of movies for AV companies like Moodys and Kuki, she's trying to launch a somewhat spurious art career, and the rumour is that she doesn't really shoot her own self-portraits. Anyway, she impressed some of the judges at Geisai; Lily Franky (best-selling author of Tokyo Tower) gave her a prize, and apparently Aida Makoto loved her piece too.

A more interesting self-objectifier -- and a much more talented artist -- is Naoto Kawahara, a painter who depicts her own frail, bare body in the erotic poses of classical Western paintings.



Represented by Taka Ishii Gallery, Kawahara gives her work a photo-realistic finish, but drains it of colour. Knives are often present, and intimations of murder and violation, though not quite on the scale of Rape of the Sabines. Make a virtual visit to one of her gallery shows here. It's crepuscular stuff (I like the recreation of Munch's Puberty and her almost-cheerful remake of The Suicide of Lucretia).

Oh, wait, Naoto Kawahara is a man!

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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
the fact that her father is Turkish) is a "splash queen"

cm'on here you have Neukoln meets Shibuya making Carolee Schneemann-like fluxus art . you're not really telling us that some yasumasa morimura jr. is more interesting


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
Re: the fact that her father is Turkish) is a "splash queen"

I was going to make the Morimura comparison, actually -- I dug out an old catalogue to show his work to Hisae. But I think Morimura is more camp, more 80s-pomo, more Cindy Sherman identity politics. And he's using photography. There's something much more austere and scary about Kawahara's work (which doesn't depict himself). I do indeed think it's better than Morimura's.


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
Re: the fact that her father is Turkish) is a "splash queen"

i don't really see the point of a japanese artist in 2010 still feeding the abstract 'daughters of art history' other than encouragement by a gallerist or too much tuition or so .. whereas teranuma's stuff is dealing with something acute. i can see why makoto aida would like it. in fact it's like one of his pieces come to life.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: the fact that her father is Turkish) is a "splash queen"

I'm cool with people saying Fareeza is better / newer than Kawahara, although you should remember that Koons-Cicciolina is just as 80s as Cindy Sherman.

I think what makes me prefer Kawahara is that the bodytypes and poses are less stereotypical, the eroticism darker and more oblique.


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Re: the fact that her father is Turkish) is a "splash queen"

what's cool so far about teranuma's stuff is that it's representative of the best kind of art tokyo can offer , stuff that starts somewhere along the chuo-sen and ends at geisai. it's a separate universe to the 'art world' (that's why references to koons-cicciolina are not relevant here) and i don't really want to think of her becomming an art star in japan or being taken to show in paris or LA.


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
Re: the fact that her father is Turkish) is a "splash queen"

btw , Timelord is so good (i've lost all my music again, so it's been my sole listen this week)


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: the fact that her father is Turkish) is a "splash queen"

Cool!


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subalpine
subalpine
subalpine
Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
Re: the fact that her father is Turkish) is a "splash queen"

now you've made me dream of yasumasa morimura!


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)

I won't be surprised if this entry will spur a discussion on wether or not "porn is art" etcetc. Though, naked bodies in art have always been prevalent and if we just keep looking at things as they always been we'll never step out from the eat-and-keep-the-cookie-realm of Post-Modernism into the Altermodern. I guess.


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w_e_quimby
w_e_quimby
hobbes
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)

you're right momus. that girl sucks pretty badly.


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amuchmoreexotic
amuchmoreexotic
Boxxy
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)

What is that covering Fareeza Terunuma's crotch at the top there? Is it some kind of okinamiyaki gone wrong? Or a dessert? Or a poo with chocolate sauce?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)

I think it's a large chocolate trifle, but -- having noted some of the scat titles Terunuma, or one of her alter egos, has appeared in -- I couldn't be sure it isn't something that's been inside her, or come out of her.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)

Are we really out of the murky waters of post modernism?

Isn't this work by Kawahara more skelton out of the closet narcissim?

Man, ironic appropriate really wears thin after a couple of decades.

Fareeza Terunuma. Her works look great, like a contemporary shunga print, all patterns juxtapose against one another in plastic harmony. Thanks for the heads up momus. Moi Moi.

I like this slow life stuff, although the buses in my locale are terribly slow and the public bus system is a joke (one bus an hour). I never waited for more than 10 mins for transport in Japan, neither in Kyushu or Tokyo or Gifu for that matter.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Mar. 13th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)

No, wait, Naoto Kawahara wants to be Balthasar Kłossowski de Rola.


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lightelation
lightelation
lightelation
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)

I like Kawahara's works more because they're more of a turn on.. what would be niche bodies in porn. Though I wonder which of the two would more likely be censored.. as I've seen Kawahara's works pop up in places that have gotten banned recently on livejournal (like the low brow babyart community) but I have a feeling that soft core Fareeza is more likely to sneak by -- like an ad in an auto magazine. It's just like Americans.. not cracking down on porn until bondage was the vogue... Maybe I'm just angry because all my Kawahara and Betty Page pictures were deleted from my photo accounts.


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lightelation
lightelation
lightelation
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)

Also have you seen this kiss by him? This is the only man I've seen him paint.. I feel like even the power relationship looks much more even, though the height difference creates a lovely and passionate awkwardness.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Jan. 23rd, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)

Grande, ho trovato quello che 'ho cercato per.


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