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Summary of the Works of the Artists in the Eastern Shinshu Region− A “T” in the Eastern Shinshu Region −

There is Mt. Asamasan rising in the north, the Yatsugatake Mountain Range soaring in the south, and the Chikuma-gawa River which boasts as the longest in Japan running through the Eastern Shinshu region. The location of the Maruyama Banka Memorial Museum in Tomi City, the venue this time, and Ueda City, where there is a historical castle, can be connected by a straight line, running east to west. It can be overlapped by a perpendicular line connecting Koumi Town in the south and Saku City in the north. These two main roads, which form a “T” along the mountains and rivers, connect five museums and five artists in the Eastern Shinshu region.

YAMAKAMI Wataru employs near-futuristic expressions from which you can feel the laws of nature, both microscopic and macroscopic. From a bird’s-eye point of view in the comical world of NISHIZAWA Chiharu, you can savor an enriching time of appreciation. The works of UEDA Kenji, which can be called “pseudo three-dimensional paintings,” made of basic materials such as ceramic tiles and resins, evoke not only creative, but also decadent feelings. The artistic expression on the tableaux by KOSHI Chihiro seems to adapt itself and melt into this region, and can be seen in buildings, towns and throughout the world as well. Yoshimi HAYASHI develops his installations, engaging in communication with local people and the natural environment of this region.

Suzuki, Kazufumi (Shigakogen Roman Museum)