Shooting Star #1
僕は夜中に絵を描いている。絵を描くのに疲れると僕は外で煙草を吸う。暗い空の下で僕は火をともし深く息を吸い込む。 I create my works in the midnight. I go to outside to smoke when I get tired of painting. I light up my cigarette and take a deep drag under the dark sky.
About the artist
Akira Taniguchi mainly creates his work in the fields of painting and installation. His artistic creations are based on a Japanese original thought called もののあはれ “Mono-no-aware” (pathos of things) – the feeling of sadness which accompanies the reality of life and death. This concept can be compared with and is similar to the theory of “Memento Mori” in Western culture. Under this idea, he regards continuity as inspiration for his art. We, humans, continue to live and cease to live one day. This simple motto shows that existence and death are two sides of the same coin. Therefore, he creates art work which repeats itself and makes viewers reflect on the idea of “Mono-no-aware”.