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Takarabune, the Treasure Ship and the 7 Lucky Gods: Junko Mizuno at Nucleus Gallery

9 Gennaio 2017 no comment

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Benzaiten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Benzaiten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Takarabune è la nuova mostra di Junko Mizuno, una delle nostre artiste giapponesi preferite, ospitata alla Nucleus Gallery in California ed esplora la mitologia nipponica presentando le Sette Divinità della Fortuna (rappresentate tutte in veste femminile nonostante tradizionalmente solo Benzaiten sia una donna), Amaterasu e Izanami.

Takarabune is the new exhibition by Junko Mizuno, one of our favorite Japanese artists, housed at Nucleus Gallery in California and explores the Japanese mythology, presenting the Seven Lucky Gods (all represented as female despite traditionally only Benzaiten is a woman), Amaterasu and Izanami.

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Benzaiten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Benzaiten [Detail] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Benzaiten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Benzaiten [Detail] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Benzaiten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Benzaiten [Drawing] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Le Sette Divinità della Fortuna (七福神 Shichi Fukujin), sono delle divinità che nella mitologia giapponese proteggono e portano fortuna in diversi ambiti e spesso vengono ritratte come soggetto nei “netsuke”, ovvero dei fermagli decorativi utilizzati negli abiti tradizionali per fermare borsette od oggetti alla cintura.

The Seven Lucky Gods (七福神 Shichi Fukujin), are the deities that in Japanese mythology protect and guarantee good luck in different areas and are often portrayed in ‘netsuke’ engravings, that are the decorative toggles used in traditional clothes to secure bags or objects to the belt.

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Ebisu - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Ebisu - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Ebisu - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Ebisu [Detail] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno rappresenta queste divinità attingendo a piene mani alla tradizione shōjo manga, all’arte pop e all’immaginario erotico e fetish, accostando sensualità e kawaii con grande attenzione agli equilibri compositivi delle opere rese fortemente dinamiche da ripetizioni simboliche che si sviluppano diagonalmente e arricchite da una straordinaria qualità nei dettagli.

Junko Mizuno depicts these Gods inspired by shōjo manga, pop art and erotic and fetish imaginary, combining sensuality and kawaii with great attention to the compositional balance of the artworks made dynamic by the symbolic repetitions that lay diagonally and enriched by an extraordinary quality in the details.

Junko Mizuno, Takarabune - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Takarabune - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Takarabune - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Takarabune [Detail] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Takarabune - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Takarabune [Detail] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Il titolo della mostra prende il nome dalla Nave dei Tesori, “Takarabune” (宝船) appunto, dove vengono rappresentati i 7 Dei, che arrivano nella tradizione giapponese attraverso un processo di assimilazione da diverse correnti religiose: Shintō (Ebisu), Induismo (Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Daikokuten), Taoismo e Buddhismo (Fukurokuju, Hotei, Jurojin).

The title of the exhibition refers to Treasure Ship, ‘Takarabune’ (宝船) precisely, where the 7 Gods are depicted, that come in the Japanese tradition through a process of assimilation of different religions: Shintō (Ebisu), Hinduism (Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Daikokuten), Taoism and Buddhism (Fukurokuju, Hotei, Jurojin).

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Bishamonten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Bishamonten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Le Sette Divinità della Fortuna / Seven Lucky Gods:

♥ Benzaiten
: Dea protettrice dell’arte, della bellezza, della letteratura, della musica e del matrimonio
♥ Bishamonten: Dio della guerra, punitore di malvagi, custode dei templi shinto e dei luoghi in cui il Buddha ha predicato
♥ Daikoku: detto anche “il Grande Nero” è il Dio della salute e della prosperità, protettore della casa, rappresentato con il maglio d’oro e attorniato da topolini come simbolo di abbondanza di cibo
♥ Ebisu: Dio protettore dei pescatori, dei mercanti, della fortuna e della salute dei bambini.
♥ Fukurokuju: Dio della saggezza, felicità e longevità, rappresentato come un anziano che si appoggia al suo bastone, i suoi compagni sono una tartaruga e un cervo (simboli di longevità) e una gru (simbolo di saggezza)
♥ Hotei: il pasciuto Dio della felicità, dell’abbondanza e della buona salute
♥ Jurōjin: Dio della longevità, raffigurato come un anziano sorridente con il bastone e accompagnato da tartarughe (simboli di longevità)

♥ Benzaiten: Goddess protectress of art, beauty, literature, music and marriage
♥ Bishamonten: God of War, the punisher of evil, guardian of the Shinto temples and places where Buddha preached
♥ Daikoku: also called “Big Black One” is the God of health and prosperity, protector of the household, represented with the golden hammer, surrounded by mice as a symbol of abundance of food
♥ Ebisu: God, protector of fishermen, merchants, fortune and health of children.
♥ Fukurokuju: God of wisdom, happiness and longevity, represented as an old man leaning on his cane, his companions are a turtle and a deer (symbols of longevity) and a crane (symbol of wisdom)
♥ Hotei: plump God of happiness, abundance and good health
♥ Jurojin: God of longevity, depicted as an old man smiling with his cane and accompanied by turtles (symbols of longevity)

Junko Mizuno, Izanami - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Izanami - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Izanami - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Izanami [Detail] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Izanami - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Izanami [Detail] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Amaterasu & Izanami

♥ Amaterasu
: “grande dea che splende nei cieli”, dea del Sole da cui discendono tutte le cose nella religione shintoista
♥ Izanami: dea shintoista creatrice e madre delle isole del Giappone

♥ Amaterasu: ‘the great august god who shines in the heaven’, the goddess of the sun who creates the universe in the Shinto religion
♥ Izanami: Shinto goddess creator and mother of the islands of Japan

Junko Mizuno, Amaterasu - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Amaterasu - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Amaterasu - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Amaterasu [Detail] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Hotei - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Hotei - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Daikokuten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Daikokuten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Daikokuten - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Daikokuten [Detail] - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Fukurokuju - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Fukurokuju - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Jurojin - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery
© Junko Mizuno, Seven Lucky Gods: Jurojin - Takarabune, Nucleus Gallery

Junko Mizuno ‘Takarabune’
December 17, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Nucleus Gallery
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA

Link:
Junko Mizuno
Nucleus Art Gallery Website
Nucleus Art Gallery - Twitter
Nucleus Art Gallery - Facebook

Laura

 
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