青山 悟(ゲスト作家)

1973年 東京都生まれ・東京都を拠点に活動

コロナ禍真只中の4月4日、自身の作品を展示販売するオンラインショップ「Everyday Art Market」を立ち上げました。作品は古い工業用ミシンで作られた刺繍の小作品です。ミシン刺繍は労働と人間性の価値を表象するための手段として、常に活動の中心に据えています。

今回発表する映像は、ショップから実際に購入してくださった皆様の御宅で撮影された作品の画像、動画を繋ぎ合わせて編集したものです。以下、「Everyday Art Market」の立ち上げに寄せたステートメントから抜粋します。




この文章を書いてから2か月が経ちました。緊急事態宣言は解除され、「新しい日常」が「新しい生活様式」と共に謳われ始めています。現在は実際のところ、そこに至るまでの過程、古さと新しさ、過去と未来の間であると言えるでしょう。今(5月29日現在)も更新を続けているEveryday Art Marketも今後の在り方を考える時期になりました。激動の世界が落ち着きを取り戻すまでの期間限定、という宣言と共に始めたこのプロジェクトですが、その宣言の意味を今まさに考えているところです。

Everyday Art Market


Born 1973 in Tokyo, based in Tokyo.

On April 4, at the height of the coronavirus crisis, I launched an online shop called the Everyday Art Market to display and sell my works. The works in question are small embroidered pieces made using an old industrial sewing machine. I have consistently positioned machine embroidery at the center of my practice, as a way to represent the value of labor, and humanity.

The video presented here is a compilation of images, still and moving, of these works, shot in the homes of those who actually purchased them from the shop. The following is an extract from the statement I wrote on the launch of the Everyday Art Market.

It is a long time now since artists first dragged art down from its elevated perch to a level where the "ordinary" began to be incorporated in the creation process. Ever since then, the word "ordinary," often paired with "border," has become indispensable to artists, like a spell repeated, at times to the point of saturation. Yet it still ends up being used, thanks to its sheer convenience.

However, amid the ferocity of COVID-19, perhaps the "ordinary" has turned into the "extraordinary." For the artist at least, the "ordinary" based on traditional values, seems to have completely lost its validity.

Under these circumstances, even if each day turns out to be an "extraordinary" day, we must continue to produce in an "ordinary" way. This is the most obvious and important thing an artist can accomplish right now, because art has the potential to serve as a reflection of the current times, but only by keeping the creation alive.

It is now two months since I wrote this. The state of emergency has been lifted, and a “new normal (ordinary)” is starting to be celebrated, along with a “new way of living.” Right now, in fact, could be described as the process of reaching that state, somewhere between old and new, past and future. The time has also come for me to think about how I want the Everyday Art Market, still being updated (as of May 29), to be. This is a project that was launched initially with the declaration that it would only be of limited duration, until calm was restored to a turbulent world, but right now, I am thinking hard about what this declaration could mean.

Everyday Art Market