betweenthebooks.com

Works

(日本語) IMPOSSIBLE

Posted in news,Works by tomo ishiwatari on 2011-07-23

without comments

On the 22nd July, an opening party for “About a Girl” was held at Impossible in Naka-Meguro.
In this new exhibition, Homma featured the actress Kiko Mizuhara. 

7:30pm

 

8:00pm

 

20:30pm

 

9:00pm

 

The venue was packed with hip young people - impossible to look at the portraits in details.

The exhibition will be on for about a month. If you have a chance to go to Naka-Meguro, please stop by.
http://impossible-tokyo.tumblr.com/post/7480432673/about-a-girl

(日本語) 東京郊外 TOKYO SUBURBIA

Posted in Works by tomo ishiwatari on 2011-07-9

without comments

Sorry, this entry is only available in 日本語.

(日本語) IN OUR NATURE その2

Posted in In Our Nature by tomo ishiwatari on 2011-07-1

without comments

Sorry, this entry is only available in 日本語.

(日本語) IN OUR NATURE

Posted in In Our Nature by tomo ishiwatari on 2011-06-25

without comments

Sorry, this entry is only available in 日本語.

Satellite9 Report #9 epSITE

Posted in Satellite9 by iseki ken on 2011-06-14

without comments

Ken Iseki, the Editor at between the books, reports “Satellite 9″ – the nine satellite exhibitions held in Tokyo in parallel with Homma’s traveling exhibition “New Documentary”.

The 9th gallery is epSITE.

 

When printed using ink-jet printer, the paper will roll up. To my surprise, the printed photos were displayed as are.
The ink-jet object.

You will see the photos on the wall as well.

Soothing photos of the snow.

There were prints coming out of the printer.

The printer object.

During the exhibition, on the 14th May, Homma’s open workshop was held here. Everyone seemed to be enjoying this.

This is it for “Satellite 9″.  What the prize would be for the stamp rally?

Take a look at the reports on Asashi Event Plus and Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun if you get the chance (only in Japanese).

 

Satellite9レポート #8 THE CRACKER / GARAGE

Posted in Satellite9 by iseki ken on 2011-05-28

without comments

Ken Iseki, the Editor at between the books, reports “Satellite 9″ – the nine satellite exhibitions held in Tokyo in parallel with Homma’s traveling exhibition “New Documentary”.

The 8th gallery is THE CARACKER / GARAGEin Shoto, Shibuya.

Good news first, the exhibition has been extended by three weeks and now they will be open on Sunday the 5th and 12th of June (Closed on Thursdays and Fridays) as well.

Now, let’s take a look at the exhibition (if you haven’t seen the exhibition yet and are planning to go, you might not want to read on).

Here, you can purchase simple and practical clothing, made from high quality cotton, produced by ”THE CRACKER”. They are usually open only a few times a month. Make sure you check the schedule here before you go.

The entrance is on the 2nd floor of the building which is located in the residential area .

 

Once in the shop, put your bag in the locker and then to downstairs. Nice jeans at the back.

 

Found one just beside the stairs. This is one of the series that Homma took in the suburbs of Iceland. The title “Hyper Ballad” reminds me of bjork*1. I wonder if it is related to her who is from Iceland? Let me find out.

Homma tends to use acrylic frames, but the wooden frame does fit well too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the first floor. The tote bags can be purchased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were probably not taken by Homma.

 

On the main wall is a fine piece which includes 6 photos. As mentioned above, the wooden frame goes really well with them. It’s almost like wearing a nice jacket with jeans.

 

There are Polaroid photos in the tiny room where you can get the stamp for your stamp rally.

Didnt’ realise it was there when I first entered the shop, but there is another photo of red building in a red and yellow antique frame. It’s like matching the colour of your socks and shirt?

They play ”beef” as background music. You can listen to it here.

The next and last stop, epSITE.

*1 The song is in bjork’s second album “POST” which was released in 1995.

 

 

Satellite9レポート #7 limart

Posted in Satellite9 by iseki ken on 2011-05-22

without comments

Ken Iseki, the Editor at between the books, reports “Satellite 9″ – the nine satellite exhibitions held in Tokyo in parallel with Homma’s traveling exhibition “New Documentary”.

The 7th gallery is limart (the exhibition ended on the 15th May).

limart handles art related classic books, furniture and interior items.  Inside the shop, you will find Homma’s photos all over the place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are so well blended in to the place so that you would hardly notice that they are there.

 

 

Nice display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The title is between the books [mushroom...].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In between the books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dandelion art is appealing.

 

The photobooks at the front would catch your attention, but Homma’s photos are here as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was even a mushroom toy vending machine. Just for your information, they were not made by Homma.

The next stop, THE CRACKER / GARAGE in Shibuya.

Satellite9レポート #6 gallery koko

Posted in Satellite9 by iseki ken on 2011-05-13

without comments

Ken Iseki, the Editor at between the books, reports “Satellite 9″ – the nine satellite exhibitions held in Tokyo in parallel with Homma’s traveling exhibition “New Documentary”.

The 6th gallery is gallery koko.

The “Seeing Itself” is the series which you get to see the photos from a distance through the binoculars. At the vast 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, the exhibition focused on snowy mountains. Here at gallery koko, it focuses on architectural photos. To see a piece of photograph, you are required to see it through the wooden roll using binoculars. But that is not all.

You are also required to see it from different angles with various poses.

Sitting down,

lying down,

and climbing up the stairs…

As you actively move around, you will notice that you are getting hyper.

With the limited view, you will get to see things you usually don’t see or from different perspectives. As you gaze into the piece, you will start wondering whether it is a photograph, a movie, or even if it if for real. Imagine one of the rolls sticking out of  the gallery walls – would the scenery then start to look like a photograph?

The gallery space was designed by the Architect, Maki Onishi. Below is the illustration you will find on the leaflet you receive at the gallery which was drawn by Onishi herself at the space planning stage . Don’t you find this fascinating?

The next stop, limart.

Satellite9レポート #5 Center for COSMIC WONDER

Posted in Satellite9 by iseki ken on 2011-05-10

without comments

Ken Iseki, the Editor at between the books, reports “Satellite 9″ – the nine satellite exhibitions held in Tokyo in parallel with Homma’s traveling exhibition “New Documentary”.

The 5th gallery is Center for COSMIC WONDER in Minami-Aoyama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through the building off the street, and to the entrance, you will find Homma’s photos are occupying one of their walls. The Center for COSMIC WONDER is engaged in art, fashion, and publication activities. The wide open space can also be used as a full gallery space by putting products in the shelves and closet inside the wall.

 

 

These photos were taken in London in 1991 & 1992 during Homma’s stay there. When I hear “the early 90′s” the songs*1 by Blur, Primal Scream, and Stone Roses start playing in my head. These photos represent the era, its culture and fervor.

Homma is known for maintaining certain distance when shooting photos , but in these photos from the 90′s, it gives me an impression that he had taken a step further to the objects. I start imagining the young Homma standing with a camera opposite to these pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t lose your stamp sheet.

The next stop, gallery koko in Ebisu.

*1 ”Leisure”, the first album by Blur, “Screamadelica” by Primal Scream, and “Loveless” by My Bloody Valentine were all released in 1991 in the UK.  Quality electric music started to emerge from the music label Warp around this time.

 

Satellite9レポート #4 PAPIER LABO.

Posted in Satellite9 by iseki ken on 2011-05-8

without comments

Ken Iseki, the Editor at between the books, reports “Satellite 9″ – the nine satellite exhibitions held in Tokyo in parallel with Homma’s traveling exhibition “New Documentary”.

The 4th gallery is PAPIER LABO. in Sendagaya, Shibuya.

PAPIER LABO. handles “paper and paper related goods” and also takes orders for prints such as letterpress.  They don’t usually open up as a galler space I hear. What sort of exhibition is it going to be?

The entrance to PAPIER LABO. Very chic.

I can see a photo inside – but only one?

At PAPIER LABO., they are exhibiting prints that were printed using one of Homma’s photos by letterpress and then by offset. Each print has a slightly different colour density. This is achived by adjusting the pressure against the ink and the plate during letterpress.

100 letterpress cards (blue and black 50 each) with Homma’s autograph went on sale but were sold out very quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you closely examined the texture, take a look at the photo hanging on the wall. You will find it appealing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Eto from PAPIER LABO. who was kind enough to explain the details on letterpress printing.

The next stop, Center for COSMIC WONDER in Minami-Aoyama.

*Letterpress Printing → Wikipedia
The process of printing from letters or type in relief, rather than from intaglio plates or planographically. It was in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century.