Manifesto of the creative emulation of the bubbling artistic scene in Paris between the wars, Pierre Frey's PARADE fabric collection evokes the madness and abundance of the Ballets Russes, as well as the Cubist, Expressionist and Abstract movements of many of the major artists of the time.
The work of Japanese artist Naoki Kawano is a perfect contemporary illustration of this. In his drawings, he expresses geometric movement through an assembly of simple shapes highlighted by the association of complex colours. Fascinated by the beauty of Paris, where he lives, he brings together French culture and Japanese traditions in his work by combining gouaches, Japanese pigments and handmade paper.
Like an ode to creation and colour, it is this graphic and colourful force that Pierre Frey wanted to reproduce through a composition of original sketches by the artist printed on f ibrous paper, embroidered in relief and playing with materials on a linen with a majestic fall, or considerably enlarged on a woollen rug knotted by hand in the traditional way.
“I wanted to express geometric movement. The assemblies of geometric symbols create a unique f igure. The colour combinations give them a more personal character and create a colour harmony. I try to bring out complex colours f rom simple shapes to create a new world that nobody has seen before.
I work with gouache and Japanese pigment (Nihonga) on handmade paper.
The city of Paris is full of inspiration.
This is because it is a place where you can feel the beauty rooted in culture. Not only the art, but also the interiors, furniture and architecture, where old and new coexist and constantly inspire me.”
Naoki does not use art as a form of escape f rom reality, but rather creates in such a way that it brings other realms to our reality. Whether through painting, digital art or photography, he constantly explores other sides of our reality and through his art merges several realms into one, our own.
Throughout his thought process and work, he translates his adventures into a physical form of art. Colour, texture and symbolism are his holy trinity, with countless other ramif ications invoked in each of his works.