Robert Wallace

Ephemera

 

 

 

 

 

(four)est

notes and impressions

part 13 (March 28 & 29, 2021)

 

The final visits have begun. Next year the project is complete.

 

 

 

 

亀岡 | Kameoka

 

The forest is dark and wet - as usual. A slight drizzle. Camelias litter the forest floor, splashes of pink against the dark brown-black leaves. The kimono fabric, what is left of it, is peeling, like old wallpaper. Leaves and twigs collect on the would-be shelf. A move beyond the 2-dimensional plane.

 

 

 

 

美山 | Miyama

 

The forest feels dry, despite the recent rain. The rich , earthy smell is absent.

The cracks in the painting surface have grown, like old paint on a bedroom wall, like my old New York apartment. The expanding and contracting – summer, winter, summer, winter…

 

 

 

 

京北 | Keihoku

 

A light rain begins to fall just as we arrive. The mitsumata have made their annual appearance. Suspended bursts of pale yellow.

The supports are beginning to crumble, the work of termites. The dirt has accumulated in this little mountain crease. The dark edge hidden by the rock – it’s impossible to know the condition.

 

 

 

 

久多 | Kuta

 

いい 天気! The sun, bright, warm. The ume trees here a full month behind the city. The sakura still dressed in winter.

The picture is just hanging on, like a baby tooth trying to wiggle out of the mouth of a child. A strong wind will pull it down. The dirty white has a new subtle green patina.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a short film produced on the occasion of my exhibition endless at be-kyoto gallery in Kyoto, Japan 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Part 12 in the series of short films documenting the (four)est art project in the mountains of northern Kyoto (Japan).

 

January 2021

 

 

 

 

Kuta Jan 2021

 

 

(four)est

notes and impressions

part 12 (January 10, 2021)

 

Ah...snow!  The week before dropped some 20 centimeters of snow, and the frigid temperatures meant it hadn't disappeared completely.  Since I began the project I've wanted to see the paintings nestled in snow.  It's all down to chance.  365 days.  Sun, clouds, rain - high probability.  Snow?  Not so much.  This was as close as I've come.

 

It's kind of amazing, the force of nature.  Once it starts to roll - watch out!  Not quite 3 years and it has left an irreversible mark on these paintings.  I'm not sure they belong to me anymore.

 

 

 

Kameoka Jan 2021

 

亀岡 | Kameoka

 

The stones in the stream glassy with ice. Morning light. -2°C.

The painting appears to have suffered another attack by wild boar. Again I find the painting face down half buried in leaves. It’s beginning to look a little sad. Beat up, wounded. I wonder what will be left after another year.

 

 

 

Miyama Jan 2021

 

美山 | Miyama

 

Clouds play with the light – on, off, on, off… A small crack in the surface. This painting has somehow sidestepped the rapid deterioration of the other three pieces.

 

 

 

Keihoku Jan 2021

 

京北 | Keihoku

 

The matchbox jumble of fallen trees frosted with snow. Confectioner’s delight. The little stream half-frozen, an almost imperceptible trickle. Subliminal cinema.

A tiny pile of snow, like a fallen scoop of ice cream, sits on the painting. Gorgeous afternoon shadows dance across the surface. Earthy brown still dominates.

 

 

 

Kuta Jan 2021

 

久多 | Kuta

 

Kuta is covered in snow. That delightful crunch beneath my boots. Ha! Winter! For the first time, a real harmony of color, painting and forest: white.

The painting has nearly separated from the supports. Warped, bent over like an old man. I expect to find this on the ground in the spring.

 

 

 

 

Checklist

 

1.   We get each other quickly

2.   儚い

3.   treading water

4.   start / end (?)

5.   on a knife’s edge

6.   the principle

7.   the burnt toast

8.   a shadow quivers

9.   because I’m poor

10.  keep going

11.  He stole away

12.  You can’t blame it on the weather

13.  talking (and not talking)

14.  end one-way street

15.  It is next month.

16.  You can’t fall apart

17.  Never going to make it

18.  “They can’t kill you if you’re laughing.”

19.  you’ll see

20.  A martini will change your outlook

21.  a year passed

22.  a stumbling beauty

23.  The days and weeks and months slip by

24.  waiting for it to break

25.  a Japan moment

26.  “Well, I would say that I’m just drifting.”

27.  cheesy love songs

28.  It’s a good life.

29.  longing for

30.  It’s all a show

31.  picking out the bones

32.  an arrangement of space

33.  degrees

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