Field Notes: In Praise of Hands

by Swimsuit Department

Field Notes: In Praise of Hands
July 28, 2016 Mariel Lozano
Chalupa Store Swimsuit Department

In Praise of Hands by Swimsuit Department

The way you surround yourself with objects reflects how you see the world. Takahiro Goko from Swimsuit Department definitely has a keen eye for detail and an outstanding gift for finding beauty in common, folk art.

Last month, we had the opportunity to visit his exhibition “In Praise of Hands”, held inside Herman Miller Marunouchi, an upscale neighbourhood in Tokyo.

The exhibition space faced the shop’s window front, with generous natural light and gorgeous wooden floors. Goko-san chose a long, sturdy wood table that worked as a beautiful canvas for the curation. Colourful objects from every part of Mexico, crafted by different techniques, were lined up and displayed facing the street. Each item has a unique characteristic, story, and an exquisite color palette.

Among the countless Mexican folk art exhibitions found everywhere at recent times, “In praise of hands”, put together by Goko-san himself, stands apart from the rest. Composed by objects of all materials, size, and colour, it has more regal prestige and beauty than most of the other Flea Market-esque events outside Mexico put together.

Of course, the first question we asked him was how many times has he been to Mexico. We were so surprised to hear that in fact, he has never traveled there before. He gathered all these precious items from his travels to California, United States.

It is so impressing to meet somebody that has not even been to Mexico, yet has such a clear sense of what Mexican folk art is.

It was also a bit sad to think how somebody that has not visited Mexico before could have so much more appreciation and respect for our culture, even more than many Mexicans themselves.

Chalupa Store Swimsuit Department

Chalupa Store Swimsuit Department

Chalupa Store Swimsuit Department

Chalupa Store Swimsuit Department

Chalupa Store Swimsuit Department

Chalupa Store Swimsuit Department

Chalupa Store Swimsuit Department

The best part of this exhibition was to see all of these objects lined together for the first time, creating a vibrating color mix that made everybody walking by the store pause and admire.

In Praise of Hands Swimsuit Department Chalupa Store

Unfortunately, the exhibition was held only from June 11 until June 19. We look forward to seeing this magical collection appear again in another place in Tokyo (hopefully in the near future).

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