๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ Dawn and dusk with Tomokazu Matsuyama ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒž

Our latest collaboration with Tomokazu Matsuyama includes two print editions โ€” Perfect All Alone Ironic comes in two colour ways, one featuring the warm orange hues of the first sun rays at dawn and the other capturing the cool blue of dusk when the sun has just set. Went to visit the artist in his studio to find out more about how his mornings and evenings inspire his creative process.
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DAWN
AA: Whatโ€™s a typical New York City morning?
M: Well, a New York City morning is different for everyone, I guess. I like to start my morning very focused and very silent. At nine my guys come, but I get into the studio a little past seven so I have about 90 minutes of my own time. I donโ€™t start with my emails. I start by reading a book, meditating and just thinking. Brain functions are more creative in the morning, so I donโ€™t want to get caught up in errands. I just want that hour and a half of myself being an artist, being a thinker. That thinking will then allow me to become a practitioner.
AA: How would you describe the atmosphere at the beginning of the day?
M: I guess the way I approach my mornings is very โ€˜Asianโ€™ โ€“ I do feel like a Zen monk in a way. My morning starts from the evening. What time do I sleep? What do I eat? How much do I drink? Being in New York, itโ€™s been a hustle and a struggle to become a full-time artist. Thankfully Iโ€™ve managed to achieve this for 15 years, but I still get scared that I might lose it. I have to stay focused, so I guess after a certain point in the evening I start to consider the next day.
AA: What do you like to work on in the morning?
M: The biggest struggle or biggest challenge comes down to how much time can you actually invest in thinking. So in the morning, I like to think, I like to write things down. I conceptualise all these fractions of ideas or raw bits and pieces that just kind of jump into my mind. I have about a couple of hundred pages of memos that I write in the morning. And sometimes it just becomes almost trash, but sometimes it becomes a gem and it kind of brightens up my day. It can become a monumental sculpture, a new series of paintings, a new type of installational work or maybe a medium that Iโ€™ve never challenged.
AA: If you have a moment alone, where do you like to go? What do you like to do?
M: You know, itโ€™s hard once you start to have such a thing as an artistic career, whatever that means! *laughs* It gets really uneasy to have alone time. I mean, even my studio, itโ€™s a team of 20. And when I go somewhere, itโ€™s normally for what I do โ€“ exhibitions or project delivery. Almost any big city you go to has collectors, galleries, curators, friends โ€“. right? So in my alone time, what I like to do is find a spot that doesnโ€™t have a museum, which isnโ€™t actually easy, almost any city has museums. So when I find it, it becomes my destination, but maybe I only get to do it every three years. *laughs*
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DUSK
AA: Where is your favourite place to be at sundown?
M: You know, I like to live with the sun. Itโ€™s a kind of analog way of living. Living with the sun really keeps your mind healthy. Iโ€™ve lived that way for about 10, 15 years and itโ€™s worked very well. So Iโ€™m not a late night guy, you know, I donโ€™t like to do evening emails!
AA: So whatโ€™s a typical New York City evening?
M: New York city evenings have everything. I mean, the cityโ€™s made of evenings. What I enjoy about it is that if you go a few blocks away, it has a kind of different tone, different mood. The city allows people to have their own kind of community orientation โ€“ blended with New York cosmopolitan life. But Iโ€™m at the studio from 7am till 10 or 11pm,. so Iโ€™m here most of the time, you know! I like to just be in one place. The studio is a platform for me to do everything โ€“ I feel very comfortable here.
AA: How would you describe that atmosphere at the end of the day?
M: I like to feel tired at the end of the day. I just want to feel exhausted and just feel comfortable going to bed, you know, in order to kind of rest my brain. When I work harder I feel more excitement when I go to bed.
AA: Do any cultural references come to mind when thinking of the nighttime?
M: When I talk about evenings, all these New York songs come to my mind, like Sinatra or you know, even Jay-Z and Aliciaโ€™s empire state of mind. I mean, you go to Yankee stadium and you hear Sinatraโ€™s song everywhere, you go into the city, you hear the Jay-Z and Aliciaโ€™s song. That repetitiveness kind of impacts you because it sits in your brain. *laughs* And itโ€™s nothing, you know, in relation to the evening, but the two songs really stayed with me I guess.
AA: So what do you like to do when you have a moment alone in the evening?
M: Well, when Iโ€™m in New York I do enjoy listening to jazz. I also like to dine out by myself, which sounds a bit awkward, but having that alone time is actually quite a superb time. *laughs*
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