seeks support to realise dream
is well-travelled, to some 80 countries at the last count and
mostly in the name of art.
could have picked any of those countries to embark on his latest
endeavour of a "sculpture island" but he has decided
to pay tribute to the Pearl of the Orient, a place he has called
home for 17 years.
This is the
place where he and his Ikebana artist-wife Machiko have chosen
to bring up their daughter Rena who was 13 years old then.
a good place, small but very cosmopolitan, a future centre of
the world, he said.
cultural mix of three main races living together is not found
in other countries. It has a big language base and tremendous
international link potential, given its unique population mix
and wide contacts with the Muslim world."
"My collective art celebrates the coming together of people
and their ideas."
now is to secure enough support to realise his dream of turning
Penang into a "sculpture island" where the island serves
as one giant canvas on which leading artists of the world collectively
place their ideas to create one whole, unique piece of artwork.
of collective art is not Nakayama's original idea but has its
roots going back over 500 years in the Japanese tradition of renga
(chained) poem, whereby poets get together for an absorbing exercise
in lyrical writing.
each spontaneously compose a short poem in sequence, one to supplement
the previous. And the result is an entire poem of many contributors.
collective art effort by Nakayama had brought together 30 international
artists for a full day of renga painting - a jamming session of
sort for the visual art.
He put them
in groups of six. Each of the six artists started a painting and
the other five took turns to add on to the one painting.
exercise, the canvas on which they painted was the only communication;
there was no talking between the artists. And the result was unique
30 joint work-of-art pieces.
artist is a lonely soul, dedicated to working by himself over
extended period. My collective art celebrates the coming together
of people and their ideas, he said.
artists involved in my collective project told me that the experience
had intensified their creative energy."
artists agreeing to landscape Penang, Nakayama plans to garner
support, financial or otherwise, for his Penang Sculpture Island
He said the
artists would be of international standing who normally command
substantial fees for their work.
not be paid any fee but funds were still required for their air
tickets, one-month lodging and food here, and art material cost.
are looking for volunteers who can act as foster family to the
artists and be their dinner host, or weekend host to take the
artists around," Nakayama said.
more details contact Hitori Nakayama
Tel/Fax: +60-4-890 1091.