FEB 10, 2010 – APR 11, 2010
DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA is holding an exhibition “Affection of idols” by Natsuki Otake.
Besides large size batik she has consistently produced, a new collection for this exhibition is also on display.
From her childhood, Otake has been fascinated by the sparkle of eyes like the dazzling stars, seen in idols' eyes and those of heroines in girls' comics.
Those have affected everything in her life from drawing manga to start with, down to glitter pens and her diary filled with richly colored decoration parts. While she was in Tama Art University, she started to express those as an art.
An encounter with batik, a traditional technique good in recreating brightness and chromaticness, enabled her to acquire the expression of matching the pieces of slik together. At last, she gained her own way to express the girls’ fragile beauty. The most notable feature of Otake’s work is bluish white brilliancy like high-intense liquid crystal and its two-dimensional clearness created by the reflection of the silk.
Idols ? focus of people’s envy and desire, making an impact to the society through mass media as a mirror to reflect the times. The words describing them have also changed from "kawaii" to "moe". While idols have changed their fields of performance from television to other media such as the internet and games, their presence has also become complex and diversified along with our society.
What can be seen in the eyes of the girls drawn by Otake?
In this exhibition, dynamism of Natsuki Otake’s world will sate you with the work of "an idol today" drawn by a Japanese traditional art technique. Enjoy overwhelming colors and the dazzle of her work.