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Soundway Records: music label specialising in obscure cuts

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By Masashi Ozawa in New Music on Tuesday 22 May 2012

From the disco and rock sounds of 70s Nigeria, to the golden age of Panamanian music, Benin’s Afro-Latin grooves, Colombia’s champeta, and Afro sounds, Soundway’s mission is to present the best in obscure A-sides, B-sides and album cuts that have remained unavailable. Until now.

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Lingerie Wrestling: an illustration book by Tomoo Gokita

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By Masashi Ozawa in New Art on Saturday 19 May 2012

Japanese artist Tomoo Gokita’s paintings and drawings are very impressive. He had his first major exhibition at Tokyo’s Parco Gallery in 2000, with the release his remarkable book, Lingerie Wrestling, published by Little More. At that time, he was mostly doing drawings, but he was also experimenting with painting, which led to the development of his distinctive, freeform black and white images. This formulated his unique style of interceding abstraction and figurative forms.

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New paintings from Tokyo-based Masashi Ozawa

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By Masashi Ozawa in New Art on Saturday 19 May 2012

I’m a painter living in Tokyo. As is the case with many artists, I’ve tried to find out what my style is. So I’ve painted in many ways, but now, I don’t care about style like I used to. I feel it’s important for me to be free from the notion of style. I always paint like I’m playing music. The important thing when I paint is the rhythm of the composition. Good rhythm make my brush dance, and colours sing.

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I Need a Guide: a daily style directory

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By Masashi Ozawa in Cool Websites on Friday 18 May 2012

Appropriately, I NEED A GUIDE is a well-compiled guide to art, photography, architecture and contemporary culture. The artists they introduce are fantastic, and their website is very simple to navigate.

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OMOMMA: a digital craft studio founded by Daijiro Ohara

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By Masashi Ozawa in New Design on Friday 18 May 2012

OMOMMA is a handmade and digital craft studio started by Daijiro Ohara. The studio is focused on graphics, typography, editorial projects and workshops. His handwritten typography is especially wonderful and sometimes poetic. He will turn almost anything into beautiful stationery.

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Shinro Ohtake makes art out of rubbish

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By Masashi Ozawa in New Art on Thursday 17 May 2012

Shinro Ohtake is a painter, collagist and sculptor. He is well known for creating works out of rubbish (or rather, various objects that resemble rubbish), which he picks up here and there. Among the various objects he collects are a large number of photographs. You will be amazed by the vast scale of his works.

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