Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan

I recently was Stateside (which would explain the lack of activity here) but before I jetted off to sunny California I popped along to see the Wellcome Collection’s ‘Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan’ exhibition. The Wellcome Collection is one of my favourite places in London that regularly exhibits weird and wonderful shows.

The show is spilt into six sections so having a couple of hours to spare would be ideal when seeing it.

Language & Making – this is an introduction into ‘Outsider Art’
Representation & Relationships – this delves deeper into what ‘Outsider Art’ is
Culture & Possibility – this gives the audience a wider understanding of the diversity of ‘Outsider Art’

Throughout the exhibition I found myself intrigued, shocked and even a little scared at one point. At times it did become a little pedestrian but the amount and different types of artworks will definitely appeal to anyone looking for something way out of the so called box. (Note: if you’re not a fan of modern/contemporary art this show could potentially annoy you)

The stand out artists for me was Koichi Fujino, the abstract images were at first quite Moomin-like (yes that strange Finnish cartoon that they should really bring back on TV) but the more I looked at the work the more it actually reminded me of imagery from a Japanese horror film-you know the ones that scare the pants off you and you can’t sleep for days.

What I found most interesting and the highlight of the exhibition is the videos at the end of the show. The videos gave the viewer a better insight to the artists and how their work was made and made it so much more human.

More information about the show can be found here and is running until 30 June. Admission is free!

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