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Jimmy Yoshimura
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2009

$9,239.28

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This artwork come directly from the Artist's Studio : Studio CrazyNoodles . The artwork is dated and signed by the Artist on verso of the canvas & stamped with the logo of the studio of the Artist: StudioCrazyNoodles on verso of the canvas The artwork come accompanied with a formal Certificate of Authenticity issued by the studio of the Artist and signed by the Artist Mint condition Shipped from France. As a member of the young generation of Japanese artists, Jimmy Yoshimura stands out with his interesting representations of characters from different eras. Combining the past and the present, cartoonish subjects and real people from old photographs, Yoshimura makes impressive images, creating new kind of portrait. His work mostly indicates the influences of the western world. Using the traditional language and familiar subjects, his characters are the reflection of changes in Japanese society and culture. Excepting western customs and visual identity they become distorted persons, captured between their ancestors and foreign propaganda. Conjoining Tradition and Modern Estetics After his studies in Industrial Design, Yoshimura began his career in advertising design agency. At the same time, he took an interest in painting which determined his further preoccupations. Discovering his own talent, he started to produce his characteristic paintings representing portraits of Japanese women form different ages and centuries. Using the old black-and-white photographs portraying ancestral scenes and different images of Harajuku girls form nowadays, Yoshimura creates the unique combination of that two, transferring the compositions on canvas. Applying the simple pencil drawings of manga characters that are characteristic of the more recent Japanese tradition, he emphasized their role of intermediate between past and present. Western Influences in Japanese Culture Jimmy Yoshimura’s work has been exhibited in numerous shows in Japan and abroad. His seductive and disturbing paintings depict not so attractive changes in society where western influences took over all aesthetic and ethical principles. Photographs of ancestors invoke the old, traditional ideals and in combination with modern make-upped girls with vividly colored hair style and pierced faces represents the contrast of total opposites, although both belong to the same people. Manga characters seem like the mediation between them, the carriers of tradition in contemporary times. Transferring the message or maybe having the conversation with each other, every figure has the inscription in a cloud that refers to their mutual connection. Promoting the True Values As a member of Crazy Noodles, Tokyo organization which promotes the creative activities of young Japanese artist who integrate pop culture into their artworks, Yoshimura stands out with his mixture of traditional and modern customs. Working between Tokyo and Paris, those artists are trying to find their piece of recognition, revealing and promoting Japanese culture on very distinctive way. Transferring his unusual combination of images into the canvas, Yoshimura connects the incompatible. Emphasizing these differences, he indicates the ruinous influences of the western culture. What Is Kawaii? The Japanese concept of kawaii—best translated as “cuteness”—has grown from a national trend to a global phenomenon. Sanrio’s Hello Kitty has been valued at $7 billion; the Oxford English Dictionary named an emoji its 2015 Word of the Year; and Nintendo’s Pokémon Go recently became the most downloaded game in smartphone history. The kawaii movement is wide in scope, spanning Manga comics, Harajuku fashion, and Takashi Murakami’s “Superflat” artworks, but what’s behind the aesthetic, and why is it so popular? Japan’s culture of cute began in the 1970s with a youth movement developed by teenage girls, involving handwriting in a childlike style. The new script was given a variety of names, such as marui ji (round writing), koneko ji (kitten writing), and burikko ji (fake-child writing), and featured text with stylized lines, hearts, stars, Latin characters, and cartoon faces. Many scholars cite this trend as a reaction against the rigidity of post-World War II Japan, as the pursuit of kawaii enabled youth to find a sense of individuality and playfulness in an increasingly serious and depersonalized environment. While many schools initially banned this writing style, advertisers quickly caught onto the trend, using the new aesthetic to market products to the younger generation. In 1974, the stationary company Sanrio launched the character of Hello Kitty, printing the now-iconic whiskered white cat on a vinyl coin purse. Forty-two years later, Hello Kitty has been placed on over 50,000 products in more than 70 countries, including toaster ovens, alarm clocks, airplanes, and even sex toys. In 2008, Japan named Hello Kitty as its tourism ambassador, an official invite to the rest of the world to join in on the adorability binge that is kawaii. But Hello Kitty is not alone. In fact, each of Japan’s 47 governmental offices has its own kawaii mascot, such as the rosy-cheeked bear Kumamom for the bullet train and the wide-eyed Prince Pickles for the police force. Pokémon has developed another 700 kawaii creatures over the past 20 years, some of which are currently running virtually rampant in cyberspace. Emojis, bitmojis, and even those adorable Casper subway advertisements all take root in the kawaii philosophy. While kawaii characters are diverse, spanning species both real and imagined, they often follow a basic formula. Kawaii creatures have limited facial features—two wide eyes, a small nose, and maybe a dot for the mouth—rendering them emotionally ambiguous and enabling viewers to project upon them. (For this reason, iPhone emojis have been criticized as not kawaii enough by some Japanese consumers because they feature a greater amount of emotional specificity.) Almost always outlined in black, kawaii characters are pastel-colored, graphically simple, and childlike. Designed to elicit a sense of nostalgia, they often feature big heads and little bodies in order to match the proportions of infants and baby animals. Scholars have suggested that people grow attached to kawaii characters precisely because of their youthful nature, which elicits the evolutionary impulse to care for the young. “Hello Kitty needs protection,” the sociologist Merry White once explained. “She’s not only adorable and round, she’s also mouthless and can’t speak for herself.” Tamagotchis—a nostalgia-inducing timecapsule for those who came of age in the ’90s—are Japanese gadgets that epitomize this theory, as they require users to look after small digital pets that are sweet and helpless. Reportedly, some Pokémon Go users have opted out of evolving their pokémons, preferring to keep them in an infantile state rather than growing their powers. The effect of the aesthetic is also to return us to a childlike state. Many from the so-called kawaii generation also desire to be kawaii themselves, whether through infantile voices or juvenile dress. For example, the kawaiitrend of “Lolita fashion” promotes a Victorian style of clothing, ripe with innocent-looking petticoats, ruffles, pastel colors, and large ribbons and bows. Whether Lolita-kawaii is named after Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel or is Japanese in origin, however, is still a hotly debated topic. The Lolita aesthetic is not the only sub-brand of kawaii thriving today.Guro-kawaii (grotesque cute), ero-kawaii (erotic cute), kimo-kawaii (creepy cute), and busu-kawaii (ugly cute) have all emerged as alternatives to the more traditional style of Hello Kitty and Pikachu. Meanwhile, contemporary artists Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara have ushered kawaii into the fine arts, creating their own series of wide-eyed characters that range from the vapidly cute to the uncomfortably sinister. In his paintings and sculptures, Murakami reminds viewers that the style of kawaii carries with it a certain darkness. His depictions of cartoon mushrooms, for example, appear entirely joyous at first glance, but also recall the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For Murakami, the kawaii aesthetic acts as an enduring symbol of the infantilized nature of occupied Japan after World War II—a manner through which people found escape from the trauma of war. Since its beginnings, the kawaii craze has been a rebellion against the seriousness of adulthood—a counterbalance to the harshness of the real world. Under the strain of a polarizing election cycle, it is perhaps no wonder why over 15 million people have decided to temporarily tune out the news for a dive into Pokémon Go. The app invokes the child within, encouraging users to find imaginary friends and care for them, or at least so I’ve heard. This writer is still at level one. Sarah Gottesman

Details

  • Creator
    Jimmy Yoshimura (Japanese)
  • Creation Year
    2009
  • Dimensions
    Height: 78.75 in. (200 cm)Width: 63 in. (160 cm)Depth: 1.19 in. (3 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Gallery Location
    PARIS, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU40238170262

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