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Visiting Alumni Artists SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2019

2020/02/19

SUPER OPEN STUDIO is an annual event held in the area around Kanagawa Prefecture’s Sagamihara, a city that is home to a number of art colleges, which began in 2013. During the event, studios in and around the city open their doors to the public. We spoke with Masaya Chiba, one of the SUPER OPEN STUDIO founders and this year’s director, and Yukiko Oyama, this year’s director.

Masaya Chiba (left) and Yukiko Oyama (right)

Masaya Chiba (left) and Yukiko Oyama (right)

Space for Artists of Different Generations and Genres to Come Together

A total of 23 studios and over 100 artists took part in SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2019. The event is organized by the participating studios’ artists themselves, which includes Chiba and Oyama who belong to the studios LUCKY HAPPY STUDIO and REV, respectively. Under the theme of “Bringing the Creative Environment and People Together,” here we introduce the concept behind the open studio and hear from participating artists.

Chiba  Museum curators only introduce very specific artists, even to curators from overseas who come to Japan for research. We wanted people to also see what other artists are doing, and so the open studio concept was born in 2013.
We want to bring in a diverse range of artists, so we haven’t limited participation in terms of setting limits on where participating studios must be located.

Relationships with People in the Community

Oyama  A high school student who came to help with the production of past SUPER OPEN STUDIO events is now at art college and participates in our bus tours. And one of their classmates is now at another studio. The longer we do this, the more we see connections between different people, which is really interesting.
Chiba  We’ve also had landlords with an affinity for artists provide space for art studios, and students at nearby universities come by the studios, as well.

Passing the Artist Life to the Next Generation

Chiba  In East Asia, the local art scene is driven by artists who graduated from art college, and everyone working together and inspiring each other is the norm. I hope SUPER OPEN STUDIO will become a channel for something similar.
And in the future, I hope a generation of younger artists like Oyama will continue our work.

Continue below for photos and introductions to participating artists and their ideas.
The open studio, it seems, gives younger artists a valuable opportunity to speak directly with a wide range of artists from different generations, genres, studios, and ways of working.

In addition to the 22 studios near Art Laboratory Hashimoto, artist studios in Ranzan-machi in Saitama Prefecture, which is not shown on the map above, also participated in the event. From the official Super Open Studio NETWORK website
In addition to the 22 studios near Art Laboratory Hashimoto, artist studios in Ranzan-machi in Saitama Prefecture, which is not shown on the map above, also participated in the event.
From the official Super Open Studio NETWORK website

Nobuyasu Sato of REV has worked in different situations and at different places, including both studios and galleries in Japan and travelling abroad.
Nobuyasu Sato of REV has worked in different situations and at different places, including both studios and galleries in Japan and travelling abroad.

Yosuke Takayama of LUCKY HAPPY STUDIO is a wood sculptor. His studio features a massive machine used to process wood.
Yosuke Takayama of LUCKY HAPPY STUDIO is a wood sculptor. His studio features a massive machine used to process wood.

Reon Hoshi (left) and Haruna Shinagawa (right) of Aihara Studio. Four artists in their mid-20s work at this studio in a shop space they have renovated.
Reon Hoshi (left) and Haruna Shinagawa (right) of Aihara Studio. Four artists in their mid-20s work at this studio in a shop space they have renovated.

Along with Chiba, TANA Studio’s Kenji Ide is one of the original SUPER OPEN STUDIO founders. Ide selects songs he feels suit each visitor to his studio to play during their visit.
Along with Chiba, TANA Studio’s Kenji Ide is one of the original SUPER OPEN STUDIO founders. Ide selects songs he feels suit each visitor to his studio to play during their visit.

Shinmei Kuno of studio kelcova says, “My mood changes when I come to the studio. Mostly, I’m encouraged when I see what other artists doing and my feelings of loneliness fade away.”
Shinmei Kuno of studio kelcova says, “My mood changes when I come to the studio. Mostly, I’m encouraged when I see what other artists doing and my feelings of loneliness fade away.”

Japanese original text: Yasuna Asano
Photo: Shin Inaba

SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2019

Dates: October 12 (Sat) – November 4 (Mon, National holiday), 2019

Locations:  Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture; Machida City and Hachioji City, Tokyo Prefecture; Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama Prefecture
Sponsor:  SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2019 Executive Committee (Super Open Studio NETWORK, Art Laboratory Hashimoto)