Sunday, 6 August 2017

Fan Club Exhibition and Yukata Concert - Gallery Opera Labo

Makiko Karitani and Mariko Komori

Despite the intense heat and the approaching typhoon there was a wonderful day to had at Gallery Opera Labo with many singers performing outstandingly. One of the nice issues from my western art  perspective is how the colour and sound of the occasion very much dazzles the senses.

For example, the range of voices and songs performed was very interesting then there was the unity and diversity of Kimono's worn by the audience and performers was a visual delight to the eyes, so many thanks to all who came and to those who performed it was a very nice day.

Singers learning about the Koto from Mariko Komori

Mariko with Koto

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Koji Mori, Art Historian Iwasaki Nagi Watercolour Artist ,with singers Chika, Kayoko , Aoi

Koji Mori

On Sunday the 9th there was a lecture on paintings that depicted the Life of Jesus by the Art Historian Mr Koji Mori this was in collaboration with three singers Chika, Kayoko, Aoi who in between the talk performed several songs all each that were very different from the other singers,  that the very good crowd in attendance seemed to enjoy.

Iwasaki Nagi

Also during the break in Life of Christ lecture by Koji Mori, Iwasaki presented his ideas within his watercolours to the audience, whilst sipping tea on a hot summers day in Nishi Ku Kobe. 

It is interesting to see how the collaboration between a lecture on the historical fine arts, opera and contemporary watercolour painting works by the reaction of the crowd that went and there support it appear to have been received very well.

Chika Hamamoto 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Gallery Opera Labo Concert - Yui Haramoto

Yui Haramoto

young singing talent 
Kobe City 

Today at Gallery Opera Labo the very good and youthful singer Yui Haramoto performed in front of a sell out crowd which is a very good outcome, especially for one so young and at the beginning of there arts career, unfortunately one couldn't be there for her concert today which was a shame but lucky for the auidence who went there is no doubt about that in my mind.

Yui often sings in the Opera Labo voice/ piano room and over the past few years when visiting studio to teach art, and listening to her in the next room, it appears she has developed into a competent and  versatile singer,  in both English and Japanese songs. 

Singing in two different languages as Yui does so well is not an easy voice outcome to achieve, it takes years of hard study and studio praxis there is no short cuts, it is just concentrated learning but the results the audience no doubt heard today listening to her in concert.

So to the audience that went to Yui's Gallery Opera Labo show one can only be slightly envious that you were treated to the sounds of a youthful accomplished voice, and this concert it seems may well be the first of many in what looks like to be shaping up as a wonderful singing future.  Well done Yui!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Shelley Cowper Etchings and Chelle Bourne Hall/Entrance Space

Artist and Audience in Opera Labo Hall Gallery 

Printmaking in Japan is legendary as there have been so many good practitioners of the medium from the Edo period to now, so it was interesting to hear the positive feed back on Shelley Cowper's small but very competent exhibition with Chelle Bourne at Gallery Opera Labo from a very good local painter from Kobe.

Part of a series of etchings from Shelley Cowper's ocean going trip around Australia depicting the night moon and its brilliance in the night sky

These particular prints by Cowper are based on her nautical experiences of sailing a yacht around Australia, along with the demands and the skills that are gleaned from that kind of journey, which would not be an easy thing to do because Australia is well known for its wild oceans and unforseen dangers


Yet, it appears the visual empiricism of Cowper's ocean going journey was an aesthetic gold mine in the way she has articulated and gleaned forensic marine nuances into print from observing the textures in ropes, nets, sea craft, landscape, and sea life, along the weft of colour as one peers into a dark ocean, yet illuminated by the bright Australia night sky as she was on watch and that sensation resonates so well from these etchings, its almost like your on night duty too at times.

The other likeable issue about Shelley's etching is how suited the medium seems to be to marine motifs.  For example, it’s like the etching acid cuts through and into to the metal, like a ship crashing through the waves inevitably leaving its wear and tear on the hull. It’s almost like the ship becomes a metallic dairy on the outside with its rust, peeling paint and broken, cracked equipment from apriori voyages and this is what the metal plate seems to resonate from the dipping into the acid from the etching process and it works so well in this exhibition.

Chelle Bourne's artwork

Chelle Bourne's studio praxis is also focused on shapes, patterns colours and textures like Cowper but hers stems from her grandmothers needle work from old English needle work books, when ladies adorned themselves in wonderfully patterned dresses that took many hours of hand sewing.

Bourne uses acrylic paint on paper with a variety of other painterly systems. For instance, Bourne at times may rub back the dried acrylic on the paper to make some areas almost liminal in texture whilst others more prominent giving the artwork a kind of textural poetry, then at times she will apply more paint to the areas to acquire the fabric like sensation that resonates from her images. 

This is a very interesting exhibition by these two Western Australian Artists so if your in Nishi Ku Kobe do contact the gallery to view the artworks.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Four Western Australian Women artists - Chelle Bourne, Lynne Norton, Cynthia Ellis and Connie Petrillo

Audience Discussing Cynthia Ellis's artwork

Currently on show in the main gallery at Gallery Opera Labo 201 Nishi Ku Kobe there is four very individual woman artists from Western Australia which is the sister to state to Hyogo Prefecture, Japan and this art space continues to support artists from Western Australia along with their unique aesthetic visions, as seen within this exhibition. And in the above image one can witness the Kobe audience engaging the curious sensations that radiates from the  artworks within the gallery space. 

Artwork by Chelle Bourne 

It is not so long ago that Japan allowed westerners and others into the country to exhibit this started from around the 1860’s which roughly is in line with the end of the Edo period and the start of the Meiji time, which on world trade terms has not been a long time. 

Kobe was one of the first ports selected by the authorities of the time to allow foreign influence into this country. This recent opening up of Nippon by alien pressure and ther nurturing of external knowledge through artworks can be seen throughout the many fine art museums of Nippon and galleries like Opera Labo and its an important because art history is necessary to learn from and go forward into the future, this Japan has excelled at and continues.

Artwork by Cynthia Ellis

So this exhibition from Western Australian continues in that vein of enlarging the store house of memories to the local audiences. And what is most enjoyable about this idiosyncratic group of artists, is there individual praxis which reveals that some Western Australian artists are not influenced by international trends or current theories on art, they prefer it seems to maintain a journey outwards towards there own unseen aesthetic horizons that includes the ups and downs of any long and epic campaign within ones art. 

Title: Fluctuating Focus by Lynne Norton

It is not unusual for Australians to travel and influence other peoples or artists who they come across in different lands. For example; the Australian painter John Peter Russell 1858 - 1930 from Sydney had a rather large influence over one of the worlds great modern artists being Henri Matisse. 

Artwork by Connie Petrillo

So when international artists do visit various lands as they have here in Gallery Opera Labo one does not know what the results will be in the future, as one is sure Russell or Matisse had no idea just how far there collaboration at the time might travel but it certainly went on a substantial and influential journey throughout world aesthetics with the fine arts. 

One can only hope that those who encounter the artworks of Chelle Bourne, Lynne Norton, Cynthia Ellis and Connie Petrillo will extend their own Japanese aesthetic store house of knowledge to what art might be experienced as an artwork.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Xmas Concert Gallery Opera Labo

Makiko Karitani
full soprano flight in front of the Wild Swans Artist operatic screen print by Lynne Norton
 Gallery Opera Labo whose father the former Director at The Art Gallery of Western Australia is currently having a retrospective at Fremantle Arts Center

The afternoon Christmas concert by Makiko Karitani was a joyous affair those who were there enjoyed wonderful voice and music, Kandinsky is right in the aforementioned quote; painting and music really do add another dimension to ones pleasures
 from all of us here at Gallery Opera Labo have a great Xmas and Happy New Year 

Monday, 5 December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New year

To all our friends in Japan and around the world have a safe and Happy Christmas with a 
New Year