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An Inside Look at Mr.’s Studio

An Inside Look at Mr.’s Studio

As 2010 kicks into full swing, we are pleased to report that Mr. continues to receive offers for solo shows from galleries the world ‘round. Currently, the artist is hard at work in his Saitama Prefecture studio, preparing pieces for a group exhibition at the Hong Kong Art Fair in May.

As many of you may remember, Mr.’s studio has been recreated a number of times as an installation, most recently at GEISAI Museum 2 and last year’s “Nobody Dies” exhibition (2009) at our Tokyo gallery. The unparalleled eccentricity of the space is always an impressive sight.

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The Installation Room at GEISAI Museum 2.
Photo by miget

Today, we take you behind the scenes for a look at the actual studio that inspired these chaotic displays.

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This massive pile of plastic bags and containers is actually composed of… disposal heating pads. The artist told us that during the winter, he protects himself from the cold by covering his body with as many as eight of these adhesive pads.

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A pillow emblazoned with the character Noumi Kudryavka, heroine of Kud Wafter, a spin-off of the video game “Little Busters!” set to be released by KEY in Summer 2010.
The smaller cushion on his futon features another otaku favorite: Moe-tan.

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The artist keeps copies of every magazine he has purchased over the past several years.

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There were also tons of doujinshi, photo books, and other magazines from which he draws creative inspiration piled everywhere.
In the top right of this photo is a poster of Aya Hirano, a voice actress/singer of whom Mr. is a huge fan. When Hirano appeared on stage for GEISAI Museum 2, he brought the poster to the event site and…

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came away with a much sought after autograph.

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These magazines provide a reference guide for the detailed clothing seen in Mr.’s work. The artist thoroughly devours every page for new sources of inspiration.

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The figurine collection seen here includes Nayuki Minase from the video game Kanon, Manami Amamiya from Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!, Haruhi by the famous figure molder Tomohide Enoki…and many other items.

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Air rifles purchased for Mr.’s movie Nobody Dies.

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Model kits bought with the intention of a doing a battle ship painting.

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The televisions seen above are usually on all day, though they’re mostly used for recording. Mr. told us that last year he became hooked on the show Okasan to Issho, especially singer number 20 Takumi Mitani. Call her the last idol, or the new idol – either way, he believes she represents the culmination of the genre.

Just looking at these pictures is enough to make you feel drunk from all the chaos but for Mr., this space is a daily source of ideas.

New works are coming to Hong Kong in May!
Keep your eyes peeled for Mr.’s next move!