After the Riusuke Fukahori show, I was asked by the ICN gallery to take some photographs at the following show and opening event; an incredible honour that I was extremely happy about. Now open, the current show is called ‘Image Langue: Linear Code’ by Japanese calligrapher, Gen Miyamura. Miyamura has a deep understanding of traditional Japanese calligraphy and uses this knowledge in a very modern, breath-takingly artful, yet calculated way. Each of the 26 subtly different, vertical forms displayed in this new collection represents a letter from the alphabet which can be connected to form words, just as if it were a graphic font.
You get an overwhelming sense of calm standing in front of such beautiful strokes, and can easily lose yourself for ages uncovering detail differences between each letter. The circular forms were part of Miyamura’s previous collection and work in the same way. Although the direction of the text is not always clear, Miyamura pointed out to me that his hanko is stamped in red at the end of each work. It was a joy to photograph the space, a delight to meet the artist himself and a good chance for some (much needed) Japanese practice.
You can see more of Miyamura’s beautiful work here.