Edo, Tokyo and Chicago

About a month ago, a beautiful chain reaction happened to us. 

We loved it so much and are still very excited about it. 

I wrote about our visit to the exhibition “Ukiyo-e 2020” in this blog but the story continued after that and concluded for now upon us receiving a package from our beloved friends in the US. 

The package contained risograph prints Andy made; Chikara’s and my painting Andy risograph-printed and his own risograph prints. Risograph is a brand of digital duplicators which is a cross of screen printing and photocopying. 

Chikara and I spent 3 month in Nashville, Tennessee about 5 years ago. A friend of mine kindly set up an artist in residence type of opportunity for us at her parents’ house in Nashville so we got to stay with them and created a lot of art. During our stay, we met a lot of artists. One of them is Andy Gregg who is originally from Nashville and now works and lives in Chicago with his beautiful and amazing wife Alexis Gregg. 

That was the first time for Chikara to be in the US. But when we got there, he kept saying that things looked strangely familiar and he had seen them before. It is because, he analyzes, he grew up watching so many American movies so he has subconsciously been influenced by US culture and all the images from the films are embedded in him. 

Andy felt the same when he came to Japan a few years ago. He loved and still is obsessed with Japanese comics, games and animations. He grew up looking at so many Japanese cultural images that when he got here he felt he had already seen things before.

And that artist who was influenced by Japanese culture recreated Chikara and my work who are also influenced by American culture, using the technique which developed in Japan, which we can see the similarity and the influence from Ukiyo-e, which is, needless to say, the most outstanding invention of Japanese art technique of all time. 

Lastly, we would like to thank Andy and Alexis for collaborating with us in such an inspiring way. We are now in love with risograph and printing more work this weekend. We will be excited to show you all the outcomes to come!!