Thursday, 31 December 2015

tea pot teaches me



料理をすることと
骨董市やフリーマーケット
で物をみつけることは
実はいちばん好きなこと

いつも行くお寺の境内で
普段は見もしないところで足が止まった
”あ!鉄瓶欲しかったんだ!”
鉄瓶の急須を目の前に
気難しそうなおじいさんに
値切ったら嫌な顔をされ
やめようかと思ったのだけど
気に入って選んだ物が中が錆でいっぱいで
これはどうやったら使えるのかおじさんに聞いたら
”お茶とお湯”としか言われず
もうそれ以上は聞けない雰囲気だった。。。
買って調べたら
まさにお茶を煮立ててお茶のタンニンをつけて
錆をコーティングみたいにするということ
鉄瓶の中は絶対にこすってはいけないと書いてあった
半信半疑でやってみて
何回かお茶を飲んでは中を優しく拭いてみた

なかを覗き込んで
しみじみと感動した
さびさびでガタガタだった表面が
滑らかに光りだしたの!

それから蓋を開けては
じっと中をみて
嬉しくなるようになってしまった

言葉では言えないのだけど
"鉄瓶の中をこするやつは余計なことをするやつ”
なるほど
なんとなくいろんなことに重ねあわせて
なにかをこの鉄瓶から学んだ気がして
言葉には表せない気持ちになったの

だからただ
”なんとなく”を感じるようにしてる

what i like the most is
cooking, and digging antiques in flea market

every month i go to the market in temple
this time, somehow i got interested in
classic japanese iron pots
i asked for discount to the old guy
he just said "no"
and i could see him upset
i chose one of it but inside of it
was rusted and dirty
i asked him how could i use it
and he just said
"tea leaves and hot water"
with his grumpy face not even looking at me
"ok" i just bought it and googled
and yes
it really saids
boiled water and tea leaves will
heal the surface chemically with tannin
so i did again and again
and just wiped with cloth gently
to not brake the rusted surface

after repeating it
i looked into the pot

wow
it was shinning smoothly!

surely
i felt something from this pot
when i search
it was kind a saying about it
"don't touch or scratch inside, mind your business"
i kinda understand it now
she was teaching me very important thing
and i just didn't know what to say

just feeling
just feeling

Saturday, 19 December 2015

represented by Little Big Man Gallery



I'm happy to announce that my works are now represented by Little Big Man Gallery in USA !
http://www.littlebigmangallery.com/Fumiko-Imano
アメリカのLittle Big Man Galleryに所属しました!よろしく!
thank you Nick and Lina xxx
thank you Daifu kun for the very first introduction 2years ago ;) xxx

exhibition of a nice magazine



im presenting two photographs of
"twins with tyrone and mark" LA 2015
at a nice magazine issue2 launch exhibition
as a contributor for this issue
at ditto press in london
the exhibition runs through 10th Jan 2016
if you are in London!

Ditto Press
4 Benyon Road, N1 5TY London, United Kingdom
+44 20 7254 4005
http://www.dittopress.co.uk

ロンドンのditto pressでa nice magazineのissue2の
コントリビューターとして"twins with tyrone and mark" LA 2015
展示してます  2016年1月10日まで!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

document: film screening at dobedo



one of my film "we oui!" was screened at
Reely and Truly Film Club
by frank lebon
DATE: 12th December 2015
at The Good Temple for Truth
dedicated to Barry Kamen

photo was given from hanna
thank you!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

LA☆==news at dobedo uk



my new book LA☆is introduced at DoBeDo as a contributor!
http://www.dobedo.co.uk/la☆-love-from-angels-starring-fumiko-imano/
thank you tyrone! xxx
please get LA☆!claire de rouen book shop in UK, and utrecht in JP!
DobeDoのnewsで紹介されました
あたらしい本のLA☆はユトレヒトで販売中です よろしく!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

recommendation letter from 2001



"to whom it may concern"
letter from Mark Lebon/ london/ 2001

i just found this letter from my old box last week
and i was amazed that how Mark explained about me
he wrote nice thing about me
and also describing my personality perfectly
i think haven't changed at all
and I'm happy about it
yes! still lack in technical skills!
"hi, can i assist you?
I've got a letter from Mark Lebon!
sorry its from 2001 but i think I'm still the same!"

I'm happy I'm a good friend with Mark now
and we could talk about this letter!
xxxf

ロンドン時代にアシスタントをしていたmarkに
2001年に書いてもらった推薦書が
先週ずっと開けられなかった古い収納箱からでてきた
markが書いた文章をみて思わず笑ってしまった
いいことをかいてくれてるし
的確にあたしのことを書いてるし
そのあたしはまったく2001年から変わっていないし
そのことはとてもハッピーだったから
技術的には欠けてるけどね!;)

"こんにちは!アシスタントしてもいいですか?
ごめんなさい!mark lebonからもらった推薦書なのだけど
2001年に書いてもらったものだったのだけど
あたし全然かわってないから!”

今はmarkとこの手紙のことを話して笑えるから
うれしい!

”関係当事者殿 

2001年11月25日

彼女と2年間仕事をして知っているけど
熱意があって協力的でケアできて愛があって彼女が周りにいることは喜ばしい
技術的には基本レベルだけどアーティスティックでスタイリッシュでいることで
その技術的な部分をカヴァー出来る
笑えるし
 ユーモアセンスがあってハッピーになる
トライすることをおすすめします”


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

exhibition document- paris photo 2015




paris photo 2015
12-13(14,15 canceled) november 2015
paris at grand palais represented by little big man gallery
showing 8 pieces of photographs from my archive
(next to keizo kitajima)
take a tour! http://www.parisphoto.com/fr/paris/visite-virtuelle-2015#/little-big-man-gallery/
thank you nick and lina xxx

and more pictures from diane pernet
thank you diane xxx



nick from little big man gallery, and diane looking at my work

picture from mathias ruhlman
thank you matia xxx

Sunday, 8 November 2015

"LA☆”available at Utrecht in Tokyo now!



online:
http://utrecht.jp/?product=la☆-love-from-angels
if you are customer from abroad, please just contact info@utrecht.jp

new self-publication : LA☆




title: LA☆
-Love from Angels starring Fumiko Imano
contents: pictures of twins visiting LA for a week as a tourists 34 pages
size: A5
62 photographs
offset printing
inside:gross coated paper 135g
cover :gross coated paper 223.5g
hand folded, hand stapled gun-ed by artist
full color
all signed on hollywood star
edition 345
エディション345冊
全てハリウッドの星にサイン

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

paris photo


my works will be at paris photo.
represented by little big man gallery in US.
visit my works if you are in paris. 12-15 November at grand palais
my works might be on 12 and 13th. at gland palais.

アメリカのLittle big man galleryの所属で
paris photo パリフォトに参加します
11月12−15日 場所:gland parais
http://www.parisphoto.com
http://www.parisphoto.com/paris/artists/fumiko-imano
http://www.parisphoto.com/paris/exhibitors/little-big-man-gallery



Saturday, 24 October 2015

future artefacts


news: my books and bags at "future artefacts" with claire de rouen book shop
if you are in london, shoreditch studio 37 batemans row
london ec2a 3hh 23-25 october www.futureartefacts.com


picture from claire de rouen instagram

Thursday, 1 October 2015

handle with care please

昔からおもってたのだけど
作品やスタイルや言葉や持ち物まで
クックパッドの”つくれぽ”みたいに
"あたしもやってみました〜!”って
平気ですぐとりいれるひとたちの精神が
理解できない

あたしは特に知り合いに
類似しないように
同じようなことはしないように
ものすごく
気をつけてるのにね
そこがアーティストと商業的な魂の
ちがいかもしれない
オマージュとかインスピレーションとか影響うけたとか
ひとこというくらいの
気遣いってないのかしら?

そして、"アーティスト"っていう言葉でさえ
いつしか
"ミュージシャン"に乗っ取られたの
気づいてた?
アーティストですって言うと
"どんな歌うたってるんですか?”って
聞かれる時代なのよ!?そこら辺にいたおばあさんにでさえ!
おかしいわ〜;)
"はい。。。呼吸するための歌うたってます!!”
とでも言おうか?


I've been thinking for while now...
i totally do not understand
the way of some people
who just copies
art works, style, words, and belongings
easily like cooking recipes you get from internet...
without caring
the person who creates and so on

I've been very careful
and paying respect to not become similar
specially if i know this people
maybe it is the difference
between artist and commercial spirit?
(or famous, not famous?)
can't you care the person who you copy?
saying it as "homage" or "inspired"?
its insane pretending
as if it was made from the beginning
original doesn't exist anymore though ;0
at least, please be honest and pay respect

and
did you notice
the word "artist" is being hacked
by the word "musician"?
its crazy...
if i say "i am an artist"
people ask me now a days
"so what kind of song do you sing?"
even an old lady i met in the street asked me
funny ;)
"well.. i sing to make myself breathe!"

don't copy somebody's idea so soon!
just copy your own style!!!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

fxxk


fuck "fame"!
fuck you "fame"!!!!
fuck "underground"!!!!!!!
i just want you to be dead!


today/ hitachi/ 2015 + on the wall xeroxed and sewed bed bracket/ hitachi/ 2005

Thursday, 17 September 2015

takashi homma and twins




top:
takashi homma and twins / 10th march 2014/ tokyo at his office
asked takashi to hold my book "I HATE PHOTOGRAPHY!",
and twins holding his books "JOY OF PHOTOGRAPHY"
(wooden deer on his head)
bottom:
takashi homma and twins / 10th march 2014/ tokyo at his office
it was takashi's sudden idea to lay on the floor
after showing my works and talked for a while
i didn't know what to do but i try to pose to fit in
yoshitomo nara's white dog also joined to the portrait

by taking self portrait with a photography master
maybe i experienced the moment of"JOY of photography"
even i used to "HATE" it
i felt so.. maybe..yes, i think so...
love and hate
never be separate..in any case


上:takashi homma and twins / 10th march 2014/takashi先生のオフィスにて
あたしの本"i hate photography!"をtakashi先生に持ってもらって
双子はtakashi先生の本"たのしい写真”を持ってポーズ
気がつくとtakashi先生は鹿の木の置物を頭にのせていた

下:takashi homma and twins / 10th march 2014/takashi先生のオフィスにて
作品を見せたりしてからいきなり床に横になったtakashi先生の突然の
アイデアに戸惑いながら一緒にポーズした
奈良さんの白い犬もジョインしてくれた

thank you takashi 先生!!!

ずっと写真を撮り続けてるひとと一緒にセルフポートレート写真を撮ることで
"きらい”と思った写真が"たのしい”写真になったかもしれない瞬間だったかもしれない
loveとhateはいつも一緒で離れられない存在ね

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

ARAKI with guerrilla twins FEB 2015



it seemed he didnt like the idea of "twins"when i showed my work
but he posed with me. thank you! ;) ;)
2nd feb 2015 at his exhibition in shimokitazawa tokyo
作品見せたら双子のアイデアすきじゃなかったみたいだけど?
一緒にポーズしてくれた!;);)
2015年2月2日下北沢のアラーキー展にて

thank you araki!!!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

exhibition document: group exhibition " a lie about lie truth about truth" at little big man gallery LA


instalation view

film screening of reely truly by tyrone lebon (my part)

Q&A after screening with tyrone and mark ( photo given from minori)

im happy i could come to the opening, and had fun time in LA.thank you!!!

im making something about LA ;) ;)

Thursday, 27 August 2015

paris photo

my works will be at Paris Photo this year represented by Little Big Man gallery!
more details later!
今年のパリフォトでLittle Big Man Galleryのfemale photography(女性の写真)の展示に参加します
詳細は後ほど
http://littlebigmangallery.com
http://www.parisphoto.com
thank you Nick xxx

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

online at claire de rouen books

"i hate photography!" and red circle bag i hand made as limited goods is available at claire de rouen book shop in london!
online : http://shop.clairederouenbooks.com/search?q=fumiko+imano


Saturday, 22 August 2015

press book: la times online

I'm mentioned at LA Times review of
"a lie about lie, truth about truth "
exhibition at Little Big Man Gallery in LA USA.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-informality-and-improvisation-in-photography-now-20150817-story.html

Sunday, 28 June 2015

LA

I'll be in LA for the group show opening
curated by tyrone lebon at little big man gallery
come and see me if you are in LA!
tyrone lebonキュレーションのグループ展が今度はロサンジェルスの
littelbig man galleryで行われます
オープニングに行きます
もしロスにいたらきてね

little big man gallery
4th Street, Los Angeles CA, 90033.
7pm on 11th July 11th 2015.
Film screening at 7.45pm sharp
followed by Q&A with the filmmaker
and some of the featured photographers.
http://www.littlebigmangallery.com
http://www.dobedo.co.uk
Featuring: #AlexSturrock, #AsgerCarlsen, #ChardchakajWaikawee, #DickJewell, #EvanProsofsky, #FumikoImano, #HannaMoon, #HarleyWeir, #HugoScott, #JackDay, #JamieHawkesworth, #JackWebb, #JuergenTeller, #JohnnyDufort, #MarkLebon, #MaxFowler, #NaimaKarlsson, #NobuyoshiAraki, #NickSethi, #PhoebeCollingsJames, #SeanVegezzi and #TakashiHomma.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

can't wait



100 years to fish the right man, hitachi, 2005

100 years to fish the right man indeed
my life as well
i stopped throwing my fishing thread into the empty mini bucket
and going to swim from now on
im bored waiting
god
I'm going to be 41 next month
the same day of next month

自分に合った男の人を釣るのに100年かかるって
じぶんでタイトルつけたけど
ほんとそうね
人生も
ちいさなからっぽのバケツに糸垂らすのはやめて
泳ぎにいくわ
もう待つのは飽きたの
だって
あたし41才になるの
来月の今日

Thursday, 21 May 2015

available at claire de rouen books



my 9 books and bags are now available at Claire de Rouen Books in London
http://www.clairederouenbooks.com
have a look at Room and Book 22-24 may at ICA in london
my books are also available: in japan:Utrecht
http://utrecht.jp/?product_cat=fumikoimano
in usa: dashwood books
http://www.dashwoodbooks.com/advSearchResults.php?action=search&orderBy=datePubDesc&keywordsField=fumiko+imano
いままでつくった9種類の本と2種類のバッグがロンドンのclaire de rouen booksで取り扱いがはじまりました
http://www.clairederouenbooks.com
Claire de Rouen
First Floor
125 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0EW
020 7287 1813
info@clairederouenbooks.com

Thursday, 7 May 2015

"i shot my self" at bookmarc tokyo



"i shot myself" is now available at bookmarc tokyo!
when you go to harajyuku in tokyo!
4-26-14 jingumae shibuyaku tokyo japan
+81(0)3-5412-0351

Friday, 1 May 2015

charles anastase a/w 2015


Charles Anastase Catalogue Autumne-Hiver 2015 photography by Fumiko Imano