EWAAC 2016 Finalists

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Work ID:  CON-165025
Name: Jihoon Son
Title: the sublime onanism
Size: Variable
Media: Collage installation with printed watercolour drawings and cardboard cutouts

My works examine fantasy, unrequited love, memories, abandonment, daydreams and fears; shining a light into the darkness of the mental landscape of the human experience. Thus it includes visual interpretations of personal fetishistic experiences and desire, a therapeutic use of the creative process to ease physical and emotional deficiency and encouraging us to explore and question our own mind. Thus my works can be seen playful, melancholy, and at times shocking, I am attempting de-sensitize viewers to the everyday violence of images and reflect the fictions of memory and identity that we construct as we increasingly slip between screen worlds and the real world.
An Eiffel Tower view with an optical illusion effect of an other world dipping down from the sky. One will never know if they are looking up or down. 
Work ID:  Con-165031
Name: Lindsay Pickett
Title: French Connection
Size:  100x150cm
Media: Oil on linen

We frequently see news in everyday life. The back circumstances that TV does not report, what news comes under political pressure, an audience rating is thought about to the first and report the excessive news,,, I don’t know whether these are true or not. I don’t know what is what. I can’t help thinking how reliable the news is. I think that a person who think such thought is not only me.
Work ID:  VID-165048
Name: Ochiai Motoyo
Title: Some Clear Voices
Size: Variable
Media: iPad mini, colored strings and video.
Video:  Play​

Site specific wall vinyl installation. This is hand cut, and peeled patterns, without any primary drawing or projection on the wall. 
Work ID:  CON-165038
Name: Taro Takizawa
Title: The Unknown Landscape
Size: 365 x 822 cm
Media: Removable wall vinyl

Work ID:  CON-165051
Name: Eri Kato
Title: Pieces
Size: 1000 x 600 x (300) cm
Media: Styrene board, fishing line

Pieces of time, pieces of memories, pieces of places,etc. I imaginarily put them together or peel them off like playing with pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. In imagination, they would become a part of something evoking some innermost images or something themselves. I guess everyone would live piecing together a hodgepodge of them.
Work ID:  CON-165057
Name: Taruma Shoko
Title: Box:N
Size: 22 x 57 x 22 cm
Media: Urushi, styrene foam, agathis, carbon dust, Japanese paper
Work ID:  CON-165061
Name: Trevor Childs
Title:  Clematis Hue (ltd ed 1/6)
Size:   30.5 x 91.4 x 0.1 cm
(Framed  59 x 120 x 30 cm)
Media: Alternative Photography

Just see and feel.
This work has been inspired by my homesickness for all Japanese things, after living out of Japan for so long.
In “Japanese room” collection, I have included all the emotions I got from sitting in my parent's Japanese room- the cold touch of the straw floor (Tatami), Ikebana, hanging scrolls, the beautiful flowers planted in the garden in front of this room. I used to celebrate many traditional events wearing Kimono in this room.

Hanging scrolls are a very important part of Japanese culture- I have chosen this medium as a vehicle to convey an echo of the traditional Japanese decoration with a language more familiar to Western audiences. Pokkuri is a tall geta. Geta is Japanese footwear like flip-flops. To this end, I have used a print on shiny canvas, creating an effect akin to oil painting and an illusion of volume in the part of geta combined with antique OBI , belt for Kimono.
Work ID:  CON-165088
Name: Larissa Bone
Title: Pokkuri from Japanese Room collection
Size: 144 x 61 cm
Media: A print on shiny canvas combined with antique kimomno belt
Work ID:  CON-165095
Name: Larissa Bone
Title: Wake up – The last ones standing
Size: Base: 65x50cm, Sculpture: 37x37x30 cm
Media: Flash glass

My work often deals with pain and tries to provide a visual image and shape to an ineffable experience which one day might impacts us all. 
This search also helped me to give form to my feelings about political issues such as war or my concern about environmental issues like climate change, acid rain and global warming.
My recent work deals with the effects of climate change and the possible ultimate destiny of Earth. I paint visionary landscapes of the time when apocalyptic events have happened, when our planet is due for a re-birth
It’ s hard to connect Tokyo and Buenos Aires, because they’ re such two different cultures.
After 10 years of living in Japan and 1 year in Argentina, the beauty of Argentina is liberating my restrain from Japan.
If you think Tokyo is a city of black and white and deeply isolationist, Buenos Aires is more likely to be dark blue and dark red, with a messy, realistic sense of life.

So I decided to mix the photo of Tokyo and Buenos Aires together, they’ re so different, but somehow, I feel that they’ re telling the same story. It’ s a series not just about Japan and Argentina, is about how the two culture struggled, fighted and came to a harmony inside me. I used to be an otherworldly bird, flying in the skies of Tokyo, now I’ m an ant scurrying around in Argentina.
Work ID:  CON-165108
Name: Ko Mumu
Title: Tokyo's Bird, Buenos Aires's ant
Size: 48.77 x 27.43 cm
Media: Digital Photo

Work ID:  CON-165121
Name: Shigetoshi Furutani
Title: The Trifle Of The Immaturity
Size: 400 x 225 cm for projecting by a projector
on wall or HD quality monitor (42 inch)       
Media: Loop Animation 
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This work is, at its essence, autobiographical. I consist of many different experiences, all of which are battling to have a part of my personality. My preference for things has changed dramatically and sporadically throughout my life. One thing may take prominence for a while, but soon another thing will take over. all experiences have, at one point the potential to be the one. I exist as a container, logically controlling the traffic of the things by considering relation between me and society. To a certain extent, I am a robot which has been programmed by empirical education. In the end, my personality is made up of all of these experiences.

To explain such a confused mind, I featured and re-made a painting “The Triumph Of The Immaculate” drawn by Paolo De Matteis(1662 - 1728). I found that the narrative of the painting had similar concerns to my own introspections. ​
Recently I’m feeling that the available storage of memory in my brain is full and that I am having trouble memorising new things. Therefore I need to export some of these memories to secure more space for new experiences to solidify, in a similar manner to the way you export data from your laptop to external hard drives. This piece is the first attempt of this idea. First, I made a mind map of important memories in my life along a timeline, then categorised them by which country they originated from. What this revealed was that most things I experienced in my teenage years were from Japan, leading me to create a space in which biographical archiving could occur.

The work archives the manners and customs of Japanese teenage motorcycle gangs called “Bousouzoku” which were most prevalent during the 70’s and 80’s. The animation presents various iconic Bousouzoku images and themes. Particularly, the word “夜露死苦” (more commonly “よろしく”) pronounced “yoroshiku” meaning “hello”, “Nice to meet you” or “best regards”. “夜露死苦” (seen on the left and right hand side of the piece) was created by gathering characters with dark or a negative connotations, such as “夜” meaning “night”, “” meaning “scantily”, “死” meaning “death” and “” meaning “hard”. “yoroshiku” was often used by the gangs at the end of sentences, for example “I never lose a fight! yoroshiku!”.

Despite their appearence, “Bousouzoku” were the primary social problem of the era, they spawned several cultural trends such as “Tokkoufuku”, a special outfit with messages embroidered on it, or ‘Call’ a rhythm made by skilfully operating the throttle and clutch. And perhaps most notably, the accentuated exterior of the motor bikes themselves, commonly customised with larger bodies and kitsch colours. “Bousouzoku” were unprecedented in their originality.​
Work ID:  CON-165122
Name: Shigetoshi Furutani
Title: Champ Lord
Size: 400 x 225 cm for projecting by a projector
on wall or HD quality monitor (42 inch)      
Media: Loop Animation 
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