japan?

japan? 2016

japan?

secca is a company and creative team that pursues new forms of plastic art through combining the latest technology with traditional arts, for example by lacquering 3D-printed models. The title of the work, which was created by two of its members, Tatsuya Uemachi and Yuichi Yanai, is japan?. In English, “japan” is the term for Japanese lacquer. This lacquer, which originates in the Jomon era, has been at the heart of this nation’s culture as a pigment and as an adhesive. However, due to imports after the Meiji Restoration, and the invention of urethane paints in the last century, Japanese lacquer has become a rarity. secca has chosen the highly lucent Okukuji lacquer from Daigo town, Hitachiomiya city, and also examined the current situation in Japan regarding production of Japanese lacquer, cultivation of trees and disposal of waste. Their new artwork, which contrasts Kenpoku-produced lacquer, Chinese lacquer and chemical imitation lacquer, raises questions about the current situation surrounding lacquer: namely, “Can we distinguish the difference between lacquers? And does it matter whether we can distinguish them?”

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F-10

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japan?

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secca

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