Stolenspace opened a great show this evening to celebrate the release of Usugrow’s new book, Shinangist. The five Japanese artists featured in the book – Mozyskey, Toshikazu Nozaka, Bene, Jun Kaneko and Usugrow himself – present new works on canvas, paper, wood and felt that combine street, skate and tattoo aesthetics with traditional Japanese techniques and imagery. Signed copies of the book and a limited edition screen print from Usugrow are also available. We look forward to seeing pictures from the opening.
Says the press release,
“True to the meaning behind “Shingan” – those who create based on visions spurred by the mind’s eye and those who are not affected by the opinions and expectations placed on them by the outside world – USUGROW, MOZYSKEY, TOSHIKAZU NOZAKA, BENE and JUN KANEKO are driven by the pure passion to create. The work being presented is a testament to those who live life for the love of art. From body art to street art, these young men have explored every aspect of the creative world. They have fought passionately for the right to express what the mind’s eye has shown them and have succeeded at every turn. Encumbered by the weight of societal expectations, they defy the prescribed life path and valiantly pursue the life of the “Shinganist.” Bringing us art born from passion, a harmonious blend of various culture’s aspects absorbed over time that still reflects a style inherent to Japan, this show will be one of a kind.”
Shinangist was previously showcased in San Francisco. A follow up to the London show will take place in Tokyo.