This book will be published to coincide with the exhibition All Living Things at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, July 24 through November 29, 2016.
What do animals mean to us in the modern world? Looking back through human history we see that animals have always walked alongside us, whether as family or friend, life-threatening foe, sacred deity beyond human comprehension, or emissary of such. Yet our relationships with animals that have developed over time, amid the day-to-day business of human life, have not always been harmonious. On the contrary the modern impact of civilization and scientific and technological progress on ecosystems has complicated, even destroyed, the connections between humans and their fellow creatures.
All Living Things takes a fresh look at the complex relationships between humans and animals today, via the diverse offerings of 14 artists including Yusuke Asai, Leiko Ikemura, Masato Kobayashi, Atsuhiko Misawa, Manabu Miyazaki, and mirocomachiko. The catalogue richly illustrated with plates related to the works on display, plus interviews with the artists, to facilitate a deeper understanding of this animal-themed exhibition. Essays by specialists in various fields, and conversations with the exhibiting artists, will also help to unravel the ideas of the artists featured in the show, artists whose activities are by no means confined to the realm of art.
Artists: Yusuke Asai, Koji Arai (Eatable of Many Orders), Leiko Ikemura, Masato Kobayashi, Keijiro Suga, Yuko Someya, Masakatsu Takagi, Michiko Nakatani, Daisuke Nishijima, Masaya Hashimoto, Atsuhiko Misawa, Manabu Miyazaki, mirocomachiko, Yuko Murata
Contributors: Takashi Uchiyama (philosopher), Keijiro Suga (poet, scholar of comparative literature), Keisuke Mori (Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum curator)
Book design: Mina Tabei
Editors: Keisuke Mori, Tomoko Watarikawa, Yoshino Ito (Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum)
Illustrations: color 92 works, black & white 14 works
Size: 210 × 148 mm
Pages: 240 pages, soft cover
Publisher: Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum and NOHARA
July 27, 2016
Price: 2,800yen (plus tax)