Typojanchi 2021: A Turtle and A Crane




Kentaro Okawara

Kentaro Okawara is a painter and sculptor based in Tokyo, Japan. Since graduating from the College of Arts, Tokyo Polytechnic University in 2011, He has been exhibited internationally and had five ‘art books’ published. Okawara’s work explores his long held belief that making art is an expression of love and a means to connect with each other. Each piece presents a surreal yet familiar cast of characters; a cocktail of humans, creatures, and personified objects interact with each other in intimate and bizarre ways to create a world that can be endearingly engaged by all. Within Okawara’s world of bright colours and stylised motifs he addresses the importance of direct eye-to-eye and face-to-face communication. In this digital age where we seem to exchange our thoughts and feelings primarily over the Internet, Okawara’s work encourages us to think again, cast aside our differences and re-connect to our shared humanity.

Untitled (Selected daily work, July – August)

Kentaro Okawara started this series in June of last year. He has been drawing them as a kind of training in his days in the studio. He loves to go abroad to see and experience things he does not know. It inspires him to hang out with his friends to create works. Since he realized that inspiration comes from the inside, not the outside, he works in the studio all year.

He selected five pieces from the work he did between July and August of this year. There is no title for them because He wants to avoid losing diversity through the images of words. He paints love and hopes that love is diverse and that the way of seeing is also various.

  • Pigment print
  • 297 × 420 mm
  • 420 × 594 mm
  • 594 × 840 mm
  • 840 × 1188 mm
  • 1188 × 1680 mm
  • 2021
  • Untitled (Selected daily work, July – August)
    Kentaro Okawara, Untitled (Selected daily work, July – August)
  • Untitled (Selected daily work, July – August)
    Kentaro Okawara, Untitled (Selected daily work, July – August)
  • Untitled (Selected daily work, July – August)
    Kentaro Okawara, Untitled (Selected daily work, July – August)

1. Picture Speech

Illustration works on media such as books and posters often express topics written in text using images. The texts are prepared first and illustrations interpret them. In “Picture Speech,” we change the order so that the viewer faces the pictures which had been prepared first and the texts that interpreted them. Through this, we want to experiment with the interaction between images and texts. Illustrators from numerous countries present pictures that were created based on various issues in the contemporary era—ranging from human rights, gender issues, the New Normal, a pandemic, and real estate. The pictures consist of five different sizes that contain consecutive or related narratives. Pen Union (Hana Kim & Sunwoo Hwang), a duo who have written and talked about many different ways of life and stories, add writings to these pictures. This chapter is a conversation between pictures and texts about issues that we can all relate to these days. In addition, we hope this chapter will provide an opportunity to reverse the stereotype that texts are clear and rational while pictures are an ambiguous and emotional way of expression.

1. Picture Speech
With a turtle
With a crane
Slowly with a turtle
Quickly with a crane