His works carry the deepest conceptual idea. Yusuke uses a camera and computer technology to create paintings. At the same time, the master of digital photography believes that you need to put your soul into the work. Because without a soul, all art is dead. In anticipation of the opening of the exhibition, we talked with Yusuke Akamatsu about his life, work and contemporary art.
- The art you create is based on the use of computer technology. And the result of your creativity are works in digital form. What place does digital art or digital art occupy today?
- Oh, actually one of the main now. Many people are not yet aware of this. I believe this art is the future. When in the second half of the 19th century there was a revolution in art, and photography came to replace painting, not everyone immediately managed to realize and accept this. It was the Impressionists who felt this and were able to enter the history of art, because they boldly accepted the challenge that the development of technology and technology at that time threw them. So it is now. It takes time, some time period, to understand that with the advent of digital painting, the world will not turn back, we just need time and that's it. Your works are distinguished by the use of special techniques transmission of images that can be described as transformation. What is the meaning of such presentation? Yusuke Akamatsu:
- You mean distortion? Facial distortion? Well, that's my artistic language. I express through distorted faces and figures such feelings as loneliness, devastation, fear of the future. This is a very deep process for me. This is how I see people - in their distortion. New technologies allow artists to create works that combine real images with fictional ones. Are you able to express your views and emotions through digital programs while creating digital paintings? Yusuke Akamatsu:
- Of course! It's just about expressing my emotions in my works. Another issue is that digital technologies can do a lot, but not everything. You have to put your soul into the work. I think about transferring the soul into art. Do you understand? Without a soul, all art is dead. Your works carry the deepest conceptual idea: we do not live in one world, but in several at the same time. Are we interpreting your idea correctly? Yusuke Akamatsu:
- Essentially, yes. I want to express the idea that we live in a constantly changing world. What we are seeing today. We do not know what awaits us tomorrow. At the same time, we cannot abandon our traditions, our culture, our history. We experience this experience as our ancestors did. Without the past, there is no present and no future, I think so. But I wouldn't put the issue of living in multiple worlds that way. - Today you use your iPhone to create your works. Have you ever painted using traditional methods? Yusuke Akamatsu:
- I have always loved to draw. Now I am constantly drawing, I have a lot of free time due to isolation. And now I draw every day using colored markers and my sketchbook. Most often, these are abstractions and sketches of everything that surrounds me. It turns out that drawing has always been and is an integral part of my life. - Are you the kind of artist who is constantly improving his skills?
< br> Yusuke Akamatsu:
- Yes. I am constantly in search of something new in my art, now I am thinking about a new project inspired by one of the works of Pablo Picasso. I won’t say what, now there are a little fewer opportunities in the world, work has stopped. I think there is constant work in improvement. You can't stop at something and be satisfied with yourself. A person learns all his life, so is art. - In your opinion, will the world change after today's events? What are your predictions? Yusuke Akamatsu:
- The world has already changed. People must develop. I'm not talking about technology, but about the evolution of the soul. Now is the time to rebuild your habits and discard all unnecessary. The world will not get worse or better. He will simply become different, and he is already different. What is happening now was absolutely unpredictable just some five months ago, when I started preparing the Transfiguration project to show it in Russia. The world is changing rapidly, and this is its charm. - Do you think that the planet rebelled and slapped humanity in the form of a pandemic? What are your wishes for humanity? Yusuke Akamatsu:
- People kill people. They destroy the environment. The earth is angry. Have you seen the photos that seem to be in all social networks now - a photo from Venice with swans in the canals? Can we imagine something like this? Now is the time to slow down, and this time is needed for all of us, including our nature. The material uses photos from the personal archive of Yusuke Akamatsu.
< br> As soon as the date of the exhibition in Moscow is determined, we will announce it on our website. Media resource "Greater Asia" is the official information partner of the exhibition Yusuke Akamatsu.