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Elein Fleiss 
“Disappearing”

Oct 03, 2018 | EVENT 

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It refers to the loss of an old friend very recently, someone that was very important for me, for my relationship to life in general and to poetry and literature. He used to publish magazines that were different from everything else, his fields were more life & politics. He had a big influence on many people in France. He died at 77 years old. His name was Michel Butel.

 

The title also refers to the world itself, that is disappearing. I am writing these lines in the Black Forest (in Germany), surrounded by green mountains, an astonishing landscape, but 30 km from here there is Fessenheim, a giant power plant, very old, that should have been closed long ago, according to many people this zone can become like Tchernobyl anytime now. 

 

I also live 80 km from a power plant. Last year it had some leaks. Even though I try to live in harmony with the world I always think of the past and our future that I can only see very dark.

In a way I disappeared myself from a certain world, from my previous life and from Paris.

 

Elein Fleiss

 

 

We are pleased to present “Disappearing”, by Elein Fleiss, a selection of her photographs alongside images and text from her archives.

 

A free-moving memory is constructed from a web of journals, accounts, and encounters. She recalls the words of her old friend Michel Butel:

“I considered the press/journalism, and I still do – I conceive that it is strange, and with years passing by even more strange, considering what the press became – at the same level of an artwork. I thought and still think that a magazine can be as beautiful as an artwork and be as important, for those who make it as well as those who read it, as art pieces or films…” *

 

Elein co-founded the magazine Purple, which she edited from the 1990s through the early 2000s, followed by The Purple Journal from 2003 to 2007. Currently living in a country town in the southwest of France, she continues her engagement with writing and photography.

 

For this exhibition, we are also pleased to announce “Autre Temps”, a collaboration between Elein Fleiss and COSMIC WONDER.

In recent years, Elein has turned her attention to collecting old clothes so an idea was born to have COSMIC WONDER’s Yukinori Maeda and Miyakono Yasuda reconfigure some of the pieces she found.

 

Sumi is made from the soot from burnt pine 

The life of the tree passes into the ink

In Korea, the monk’s robe is dyed with Sumi

An attempt to bind the tree and the clothes with ink

 

Yukinori Maeda

 

*A conference at Salon de la Revue (periodical fair), 2007 

 

 

Elein Fleiss

Elein Fleiss was born in April 1968 in Boulogne-Billancourt. She now lives in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val after leaving Paris ten years ago. 

Since 1989 she has been organizing exhibitions, publishing magazines, directing some super-8 films, taking lots of photographs, writing texts…

Her photographs have been published in various magazines, in two books (One Star Press and Poetry of Sex), and have been exhibited in Japan as well as at the French Cultural Institutes of Turino and Milano, and, more recently, at the Happy Baby Gallery (Crissier, Switzerland) and at Etxe Nami (Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France).

 

 

Exhibition period:

October 16 - October 25, 2018

 

“Autre Temps” Performance:

Tuesday, October 16 / 4pm − 5pm

*The collection of “Autre Temps” will be on sale from 5pm on October 16.

*These are all limited items. 

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: October 15

 

 

Elein Fleiss “Disappearing”

Proposal: Nakako Hayashi (Editor of here and there)

Production: Elein Fleiss, COSMIC WONDER

Cooperation: Nobuhiro Shimura (Contemporary Artist), Stephen Sprott

Organized by COSMIC WONDER

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COSMIC WONDER
“A dream vision of mountain village life”

Sep 05, 2018 | EVENT 

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We will take a rest from the village work while the plum blossoms flower

The beauty and strength of the trees and plants as they mature towards harvest

Having finished our preparations, we decide to spend the winter in the house

Wrapped in white koromo – A visionary ancient mountain village life

 

Silk Kokei koromo, Haori for mountain hiking,

Linen koromo for winter and Sumi-dyed koromo, Feather koromo,

Kahdi hand-spun cotton is grape-dyed workwear

 

From mountain village life

Koromo emerge from Autumn to Winter

Release Cosmic Wonder

 

 

We are pleased to present “A dream vision of mountain village life” exhibition.

Tapestry of “A dream vision mountain village pattern” patchworked with old hemp and Sumi-dyed ramie, “A dream vision of mountain village life kamikoromo” which was produced for the cover installation of new issue “here and there vol.13 HYACINTH REVOLUTION” will be exhibited.

 

From New collection:

Khadi fork dress and pants, Silk cotton round sleeves pullover shirt, twisted scarf dress and Haori jacket, 

Cashmere knit v-necked sphere sweater and v-necked accessary parts.

Season color are green grapes herbal dyed ancient white, red grapes herbal dyed pink, Sumi-dyed gray, vivid pink, precious Ryukyu indigo grown on Okinawa island etc.

 

Exhibition period:

September 15 − October 14, 2018

 

Opening reception:

Saturday, September 15 / 4pm − 6pm

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: September 10 − 14

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A gathering of Stardust

Aug 01, 2018 | EVENT 

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New light

Lots of stars gathering

Playing the sound of light

Joy of the star pillars spectacle

 

We are pleased to present “A gathering of Stardust ” by Feminyan and Hoshi-no-bouzu.

 

The theme is “ Life as a blessing from the universe, each living in harmony with nature, living as a star, spinning the story”

Until that day, the energy and vision received by bringing the date closer can be further enhanced,

Will you let us hear the sound of the story born from there?

On this day, We will perform a primitive performance by art sound unit “Jue and Anoa”.

 

 

Hoshi-no-bouzu

Hoshi-no-bouzu write stories from the star’s voices, while farming in Saku, Nagano Prefecture.

 

Feminyan

Feminyan uses western astrology, oriental four pillars of destiny and feng shui to understand the resonance

with stars and nature, read through each person’s life drawing.

 

Jue and Anoa

Art sound unit of MAMIUMU (sound artist) and Yukinori Maeda (Contemporary artist and Founder of Cosmic Wonder).

 

 

Date:

Saturday, August 25, 2018

10am − 12pm

 

Number of seats:

40 / Reached the fixed number

3,500 JPY (with wildflower tea)

*Please bring rugs and cushions.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

Temporary closed 1 − 7 August, 14 − 17 August

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Japanese handcrafted baskets
Part III

May 08, 2018 | EVENT 

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Japanese handicrafts made with natural raw materials embody our appreciation, awe and respect for nature. 

They also reflect the traditional Japanese satoyama lifestyle in which people live in harmony with nature. (A satoyama is a farming community (sato) on the border of a forest (yama). 

The forest is sustainably managed by sato residents as a living resource.)

In satoyama living, the art of handcrafting passes along from generation to generation, producing practical and useful objects that provide insights into a life lived close to nature. 

  

For this exhibition, we sourced handcrafted baskets by visiting craftspeople throughout Japan, from the Akita region in the north to Okinawa in the south. 

The rustic beauty of each work is unique and representative of the region where it is crafted.

 

 

Akebi vine circular basket, flat-bottomed basket and basket, Akita Prefecture

Itaya kaede (maple) basket, Akita Prefecture

Wild grapevine basket and document tray, Akita Prefecture

Japanese wingnut tree large basket, document tray and accessories tray, Akita Prefecture

Shinodake and moutain cherry tree basket, Miyagi Prefecture

Japanese bird cherry palm winnow, Niigata Prefecture

Keyaki basket, bathroom basket, Niigata Prefecture

Wild grapevine whetstone basket, Niigata Prefecture

Walnut tree basket, Niigata Prefecture

Akebi vine waisted basket,  Niigata Prefecture

Madake fugo, Biwa basket, herb-gathering basket, large basket and bathroom basket, Chiba Prefecture

Medake palm, Chiba Prefecture

Nemagaridake apple basket and vegetable basket, Nagano Prefecture

Hanon bamboo clothes basket and shopping basket, Nagasaki Prefecture

Madake drawing rice basket, Kumamoto Prefecture

Kinchiku and mountain cherry tree winnow, Kagoshima Prefecture

Hedge bamboosa basket, Okinawa Prefecture

Toutsurumodoki harvest basket, Okinawa Prefecture

Shell ginger rope shoulder basket, Okinawa Prefecture

Lamie rope basket, Okinawa Prefecture

etc.

 

 

Exhibition period:

May 19 − June 3, 2018

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

 

Special event:

To commemorate the opening of the exhibition, Mr. Shinichi Nakagawara will give a demonstration of traditional Akebi vine basketwork on the 19th and 20th of May.

 

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Shigeo Tanaka
Hisui Kashihate

Apr 07, 2018 | EVENT 

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Hakuji Kashihate wrapped in the dew of Hisui.

As a daily ritual that faces our own divinity

 

Following “The ceramics” of the last year, we are pleased to present Shigeo Tanaka’s “Hisui Kashihate” exhibition at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

He live an old house of 280 years old in Asuka village, Nara Prefecture, maiking from a Hole type kiln “Rikei gama” and “Touen-shiki Takigama.

 

We will present “Kashihate” wishes of Shigeo Tanaka’s action on divinity and spirituality.

 

 

Exhibition period:

April 28 – May 6 ,2018

*The artist will be attending on April 28 and 29

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: April 27

 

 

Opening Event

Saryo Biwa”Ryugu Kashihate” of Nao Uekusa opens at Center for COSMIC WONDER only for day.

 

Date:

Saturday, April 28 / 11:30am, 1:30pm / 3,500 JPY

Number of seats: 4 in each time / Reached the fixed number.

 

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COSMIC WONDER
Yama-Nokoromo and Umi-Hagoromo

Mar 06, 2018 | EVENT 

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The collection is composed of exploration of various Japan and ancient national costume,

combining the construction of modern clothes “Yama-Nokoromo and Umi-Hagoromo”.

 

The future and past give us their layers light.

 

 

We are pleased to present “Yama-Nokoromo and Umi-Hagoromo” exhibition.

Yama-Nokoromo Linen suits and Hemp Sashiko Koromo, Umi-Hagoromo Four lights koromo and Ryukyu koromo, Jade koromo from Gardenia blue herbal dyed etc.

 

Yama-Nokoromo and Umi-Hagoromo items are now available at the Center for COSMIC WONDER.

Specially-prepared items: Ramie bag, Tanba-fu Haori Jacket and small article

 

 

Opening reception:

Saturday, March 24 / 4pm − 6pm

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: March 12 − 15

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For Spring Festival anniversary
A tea room “Biwa”

Feb 05, 2018 | EVENT 

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New Souls

Brilliant universal sounds

All lights and Souls are crossing to sit around the beautiful fire

- Center for COSMIC WONDER

 

A tea room “Biwa” of food lover Nao Uekusa opens at Center for COSMIC WONDER only for day on Spring Festival and New moon

 

 

Menu:

Sweets plate for Spring Festival anniversary

with Hot Drink

1,600JPY

 

Date:

Friday, February 16 / 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm

Number of seats: 4 in each time / Reached the fixed number.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

 

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Kaoru Yokoo
A Organic Universe

Dec 04, 2017 | EVENT 

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Even if I repair it

There being the clothes which I want to wear happy

Even if I repair it

The person who made clothes letting you wear it is happy again

Quietly, I do the work that is honor to join the meantime together.

 

From “Rectification more” Kaoru Yokoo

 

 

Exhibition period:

December 16 – December 24, 2017

The artist will be attending on December 16.

We sell cookies of “Yokoo” during this exhibition.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

 

 

Opening Event

A tea room “Biwa” of food lover Nao Uekusa opens at Center for COSMIC WONDER only for day.

 

Date:

Saturday, December 16 / 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm

Number of seats: 4 in each time / Reached the fixed number.

 

 

New Project

“Kibou”

 

Kaoru Yokoo repair your CW’s clothes.

The first 5 people will be accepted. Reached the fixed number.

 

 

Kaoru Yokoo

1979 Born in Tokyo

2005~ Set up atelier in Kichijoji

Active mainly on rectification by handwork such as embroidery or the crochet.

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Masaru Kawai
The scent of wood

Nov 07, 2017 | EVENT 

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The Japanese coniferous fragrance has been respected from ancient times by people.

However, in the latest research, the fragrance of the tree has begun to know that it was a communication tool that is words.

Light of the land which grew up, wind, water, soil and relationship with around of trees.

An animals, an insect and the relation with bacteria, it is sublimated to a fragrance.

What does the human being listen to the words with?

I think that it is an opportunity to listen carefully calmly.

Masaru Kawai

 

 

Trees take the communication by a scent each other.

Following “Chairs” of the last year, a new point of view and a new work by the technique.

 

We hold a tour to follow the trees of forest in Tokyo by the guide Yutaka Miura on November 25.

 

 

Exhibition period:

November 25 – December 3, 2017

The artist will be attending on November 25.

*Closed: November 11 − 12, November 24

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Open from 12pm on 25th.

 

Opening reception :

Saturday, November 25 / 4pm − 6pm

 

 

“Tour to follow the trees of forest in Tokyo” by the guide Yutaka Miura

Date: Saturday, November 25

9am − 12am / Number of seats: 15

1pm − 4pm / Number of seats: 15

Fee: 2,000yen

Apply in e-mail. Send your name, telephone number to the following address.

event@cosmicwonder.com

 

 

Masaru Kawai

1979 Born in Gifu Prefecture, farmer

2007~ Active as wood craft artist

2016 Start from “SOMA” product treating a Japanese conifer

Planning a workshop and fieldwork of connect forest and person.

http://kawai-masaru.com

 

Yutaka Miura

1977 Born in Kyoto

Graduated from the College of Art, Nihon University.

Active as a guide of the forests in Japan.

2016 “View of tree” was published from Mishima sha.

Update blog “forest forest” three times a week.

http://www.niwatomori.com

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COSMIC WONDER
Ryugu Koromo from Genshi-no-Nuno

Oct 04, 2017 | EVENT 

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Photography by Takashi Homma

 

COSMIC WONDER “Ryugu Koromo from Genshi-no-Nuno” collection event will go on a tour to the following region.

 

Schedule:

STARDUST, Kyoto 10/14 − 22 *10/14: Public talk & concert

KAGURE, Marunouchi 10/27 − 11/5

PENNY RAIN, Kiryu 10/27 − 11/5

ANTENNE DEUX, Takasaki 10/27 − 11/5

OU, Nagoya 11/15 − 20

EIGHTY 88 EIGHT, Ayagawa 11/23 − 27

ARCHIPELAGO, Sasayama 12/2 − 11

MM BOOKS MINO, Mino 12/9 − 17 *12/9: Public talk

ROYALSKOOL, Hakodate 12/16 − 24

CITE’, Hiroshima 12/22 − 1/8

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TAMPA
Yama-Umi trees and grasses

Sep 26, 2017 | EVENT 

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impression traveled across the continent to Japan

the eastern culture flowered and walked a new path in the island

a beautiful sunrise in the land of Tamba

TAMPA a visionary shop by Hakuden, Light and Will, COSMIC WONDER

 

 

Kogei Punks Sha will display Tamba’s trees and grasses on the opening day.

 

Hakuden

Tamba-fu skirt

Tamba letter paper

Tamba funsei tea bowl

Tamba cray pot

Andong cloth Apron

Trees and grasses pouched bag – Linden, Hemp, Paper

 

Light and Will

Akebi vine basket

Wild grapevine travel basket

Japanese wingnut document basket

Shinodake and moutain cherry tree basket

Carved Hexagon on the end handle of broad‐leaved tree kitchen knife  

Mountain cherry tree lamp shade

Keyaki cheir

 

COSMIC WONDER

Tamba-fu and Shironameshi wallet

Jadoshi and Tamba-fu kamiko

Tamba-fu and Hemp hand bag

Jadoshi tsuno-bukuro

Lamie tabi

Linen koromo for winter

 

 

Exhibition period:

October 21 – October 29, 2017

*Closed: October 20

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

 

Opening reception:

Saturday, October 21, 2017 / 2pm – 5pm

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KAMI
COSMIC WONDER with Kogei Punks Sha

Aug 12, 2017 | EVENT 

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We are pleased to announce that it will hold the exhibition “Kami” by COSMIC WONDER with Kogei Punks Sha at SHISEIDO GALLERY from Tuesday, August 29 to Sunday, October 22, 2017.

 

The theme of this current exhibition is “paper” (kami), a material very close to many people’s daily lives. Specifically, it explores the possibilities of hand-crafted Japanese paper (washi) made using only natural materials. To bring forth the deep appeal of such paper, Kogei Punks Sha has focused on “water,” a substance not only basic to life but also indispensable in making washi. They propose the concept of “omizue” (water ceremony), a ritual act inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony and involving the sprinkling of boiled water as an offering of gratitude for the blessings of nature. “Kami” is also a homonym with a Japanese word for “god” or “the divine,” and so the exhibition title carries this meaning as well.

 

This exhibition features items and craft works prepared for and inspired by the omizue ritual. These include the kamikoromo (paper garments) made by Cosmic Wonder to be worn by the ritual’s host and assistants, earthenware by Naoto Ishii, wooden implements by Masaru Kawai, and washi by Seigi Nishida and Makoto Sasaki. All these were made in the image of the Jomon era, one of the earliest sources of Japanese culture.

 

This exhibition reconstructs the exhibition “Omizue — Iwamino-Kamito-Mizu” originally shown last year at the Iwami Art Museum in Shimane prefecture, with the addition of new works created by Karatsu papermaker Takeharu Maeda. Taking cues from the very earliest papermaking techniques, Maeda used hemp fibers as the basic raw material, combined with fibers of hamagō (a fragrant beach plant also used as a medicine) to explore new possibilities in paper. Made from such natural materials and produced using ancient handcrafting techniques, such works take on an ancient feel that refines our five senses and calls to mind the peculiarly Japanese sensibility and deep wisdom of “looking at that which can’t be seen.”

 

 

Exhibition period:

August 29  – October 22, 2017

 

Place:

SHISEIDO GALLERY (Admission is Free)

Ginza Shiseido Building B1F, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

Hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (11:00 – 18:00 Sundays and holidays)

Closed: Mondays

 

Organized by Shiseido Co., Ltd.

 

Opening reception: Concert of Akio Suzuki (Sound artist) on 29 August

During an exhibition: Talk show with Yukinori Maeda and Sumiko Ishii from Kogei Punks Sha

See the SHISEIDO GALLERY website at for details.

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