Tomokazu Matsuyama’s artwork has one foot in the contemporary and another in the historical context of his ancestry. The bright colours and cut-up techniques are evocative of a street art influenced wonderland, whilst the narratives take more from the Edo and Meiji era of Japanese art.
So, our challenge was to produce something that allowed the work featured in his recent HOCA exhibition ‘Oh Magic Night’ to speak for itself, but also to be presented in a way that would retain the magic of his artistic style and themes.
The finished product is a textured approach to Matsuyama’s work that translates the physical experience of seeing his artwork into a book.
The fabric cover provides a perpetual physicality to the object, allowing the artwork to jump from the pages. We can explore his ideas through the colours and tactile shapes of the pieces, and gain a textured perspective that allows the works to transcend the pages.