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Kazuo SHIRAGA”The Water Margin Hero Series”地速星中箭虎  Chisokusei Chusenko  1961

地速星中箭虎  Chisokusei Chusenko  1961

序列79 Order79  了得孫  Ding Desun 

顔から首にかけて痣のある強者、最後は毒蛇にかまれてあっけなく死んでしまう。

太い赤の線が印象的な作品。

Ding Desun is a strong man with bruise from his face to his neck, and he ends up being bitten by a poisonous snake and dying.

A work with an impressive thick red line.

Kazuo SHIRAGA”The Water Margin Hero Series”地捷星花頂虎   Chishosei Kahoko   1961

地捷星花頂虎   Chishosei Kahoko   1961

国立国際美術館蔵   The National Museum of Art, Osaka

序列78 Order 78   龔旺  Gong Wang 

身体中に虎の刺青がある槍の使い手、張清の副将として活躍する。

<水滸伝シリーズ>上位の名作でしょう。

He plays an active role as a vice general of Zhang Qing, a spear user with a tiger tattoo all over his body.

<the Water Margin Hero series> It will be a masterpiece of high rank.

Kazuo SHIRAGA”The Water Margin Hero Series”地勇星病慰遅 Chiyusei Byoutsuchi  1961

地勇星病慰遅 Chiyusei Byoutsuchi  1961

大分市美術館蔵 Oita Art Museum

序列39 Order39  孫立 Sun Li

屈指の腕前の持ち主で、多くの戦いの前線で活躍した好漢。

白髪の気合いの入った滑りが画面を突き破るような力作。

A hero with the best armed force and active on many fronts.

A work that conveys the powerful gliding of Shiraga.

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“asobi”<あそび>って一体なんでしょうか?

古来日本文化には~遊びをせんとや生れけむ、戯れせんとや生れけん、遊ぶ子供の声きけば、我が身さえこそ動がるれ~梁塵秘抄(りょうじんひしょう)や禅語「遊心」が風流=芸術の根底にあります。
西洋ではホイジンガの「ホモ・ルーデンス」という遊戯が人間活動の本質であり、文化を生み出す根源だと思想があります。
私には三人の赤ん坊を育てた臨床体験が鮮明に脳裏に刻みこまれています。乳に満ち足り、寝足りた赤ん坊の行為ですがそれはそれは好奇心に溢れています。手足で遊んだり、触れるものは何でも口に持っていったり、触覚、視覚、聴覚をフル回転して一時の休みもなく遊んでいます。ハイハイができるようになるとその好奇心は一段と高まり、その好奇心により運動能力が発達していく様に見えます。
この好奇心こそ人間の本質であり asobiではないでしょうか?

さて前書きが長くなりましたが、その狙いは私の 密やかな asobiを正当化するための方便でもあるのです。
寛仁大度な作家さま方が私の“asobi”に目くじらたてられないことを願っての、

ところで、今私が目にしている作品はかってはあなたの胎内から産み出されたものですね。安産であったか、七転八倒の難産であったかはわかりませんが産み出された作品はもう一つの独立した人格?というか画格を持った生命体として存在しているのです。
そして見る者の心に生命の輝きを点火させ、時空を超えて生命のエネルギーを放出し続けるのです。
もうそれは産みの親である作家さんの圏外の事象なのです。
感動された時、もうその人のPersonal possessionになるのですから。
感動するとは一体どういうことでしょうか?
それは見者の内にある感性が呼び覚まされる、そして共鳴することではないでしょうか。見者の未窟の鉱脈を探り当てる歓喜と奏でる協奏曲こそ至宝の asobi ではないでしょうか?

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Asobi

References to play abound in Japanese culture passed down over the centuries. Good examples include one of the Ryojin-hisho* songs, “We are all born to play, born to have fun. When I hear the voices of children playing, my old body still responds, wanting to join in,” and the Zen word, Yushin/Asobi-gokoro (A playful mind/Playfulness). Such references indicate that play (asobi) is one of the foundations of art and the popular arts. Similar ideas can be seen in the West, such as Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens (or Playing Man), which discussed the importance of play as an essential element in human activity and the origin of culture.

The experience of nursing and rearing my three children is vividly imprinted on my mind. Babies who had plenty of breast milk and sufficient sleep were absolutely brimming with curiosity. They played constantly, with their senses of touch, sight, and hearing in high gear, playing with their hands and feet, and putting anything they touched in their mouths. Once they started crawling, their curiosity went up another gear, seeming to drive the development of their physical abilities and motor skills. This curiosity is surely the essence of humanity, the manifestation of Asobi-gokoro or playful mind.

Please forgive the lengthy introduction, which largely serves to justify my own furtive play. I hope my playing will not overtax the artists’ generosity and compassion. You know, the artwork that I am now looking at has come forth from your womb. I don’t know if it was an easy delivery or an excruciatingly painful, difficult delivery, but now that it is done, the work that you gave birth to exists as a separate entity with its own independent character and its own life.

That entity sparks the fire of life in the hearts of viewers, triggering the ongoing emission of life energy that will transcend time and space. What happens is already outside the control of the artist who gave birth to it. When your art moves someone emotionally, that experience becomes his or her personal possession.

What does it mean to move someone? Surely it means stirring the viewer’s emotions and resonating inside him or her.Performing a ‘concerto’ that resounds with the joy of discovering an untouched vein of something precious inside the viewer is surely the most treasured form of play.

*Ryojin-hisho (Songs to Make the Dust Dance on the Beams): a folk song collection compiled by Cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa in the end of Heian period. (12th century)

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