Okinawa Study by Peter Davidson
Tomorrow is the last appointment viewing day at Gallery Opera Labo in Nishi Ku, Japan for the Wild Swan Art Group, it will then travel for a one day lighting exhibition at The People’s Gallery which is located in the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum.
The Wild Swan Art Group from Western Australia has started very successfully in Japan, at Gallery Opera Labo and the comments have been very favourable towards the artworks, and now through the Internet the artists and the Japanese audiences have started to engage in a dialogue, which on the face of it is mutually educating on both sides in terms of what they can understand from each other’s culture and aesthetic, that has been one of the positive aspects of this venture.
The Okinawa exhibition will take place in September and it will be works on paper, there will also be some different artworks going to replace the paintings, it will not be the same exhibition as in Gallery Opera Labo.
It will be very interesting to see how the Okinawans view the Western Australian artworks because it’s surrounded by sea and has a more laid back lifestyle than mainland Japan ,which moves at a very fast pace. In somes ways Okinawa is a bit like the seaside culture of Perth, very relaxed or as they say in Japan: NONKI which translates into English as happy go lucky, so it will be interesting to see how these two beach focused cultures relate to each other.
Lastly, a special thanks from the Wild Swan Art Group to Makiko Karitani/Gallery Opera Labo along with her customers for attending the exhibition, there is no doubt we hope return again sometime in the near future, thank you.