Friday, June 6, 2008

Art in action: Rinpa Eshidan

by Chris MaGee

Graffiti artists? Filmmakers? Fluxus inspired tricksters? Artistic terrorists? It’s hard to categorize art collective Rinpa Eshidan. They definitely don’t just produce traditional paintings and sculpture, but their work isn’t strictly cinematic either. Formed in the Fall of 2006 by Tokyo art students Noiz-Davi, Daisuke Yamamoto, D.H.Rosen, Akari Sasai and XOLA Rinpa Eshidan, whose name means "to bring people together" and "art crew", have a unique way of working. Taking over both gallery and public spaces they create elaborate 2D and 3D installations only to destroy them in the end. “Instead of focusing on the finished project,” they state on their website, “…we believe the process of creation itself is where art comes to life and our videos and live art aim to engage our audience in that process.” In that way the time lapse videos of these art happenings become the artwork themselves. The collective has been posting these videos on their own YouTube channel for almost two years and it’s from there that these two videos have been taken. So, settle in and get ready for some creative mind expansion with Rinpa Eshidan…

“Room” (2006)

“Garden” (2007)

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