──It’s been three years since I visited the atelier for an interview. Recently, a large-scale solo exhibition “GENKYO Tadanori Yokoo, from Harago to the illusion, and what is the current situation?” Was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (hereinafter referred to as “Miyako Genbi”).
In addition to Tokyo Genmi, there are four projects: an exhibition at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT (21_21 design site), a huge mural painting of the Marunouchi Building, and a “YOKOO LIFE” exhibition by Mr. Itoi (Shigesato) at Shibuya PARCO. It was. Actually there were more … but I never ran around for that. However, I wonder if there was somehow busy feeling. During that time, I was drawing pictures.
──Do you sometimes make works for exhibitions?
Isn’t it for an exhibition? I will exhibit what I usually draw when there is a story about the exhibition. At the “GENKYO” exhibition, I exhibited about 30 new works that I drew in the first few months of this year, and I’m still drawing the “Kanzan Jittoku” series. I’m not very interested in the subject matter, and now I happen to be doing “Kanzan Jittoku” because it’s interesting, but I’m sure I’ll get tired of it soon, so I think the subject matter will change or the expression will be different. I don’t think too much about it, so I don’t know what will happen or when. By the way, the “Y-shaped road” series has been going on for a long time, but I wonder if I haven’t drawn it for the last four or five years.
──As you mentioned before, you really spend your days drawing pictures.
It’s best not to do anything (laughs). Everyone says that when they get older, the day is short, but I’m the opposite, and the day doesn’t end easily. I wish I could finish it early (laughs). I think that desire and time are proportional, and if you have a strong desire, you feel that time is short. But as I get older, I’m not interested in what I want or want to be, so it takes longer. I think it’s really good, and I think it would have been more interesting since I was young. I’m sure I didn’t realize that feeling wasn’t right now.
──What makes Yokoo draw a picture?
I’m drawing for the picture rather than for myself. The picture will be drawn, so it’s like let’s draw it. I’m getting tired of drawing pictures, so I almost don’t like it (laughs). But you can’t stop. It’s like a part of my life. It’s not much different from eating rice. Since I was in the atelier all day after Corona, my legs and legs were getting weaker. However, exercising and taking a walk are not bothersome. If you get tired of doing that, you won’t be able to draw. For me, the painting itself is an exercise. When I’m drawing, my head is empty and I don’t think much. It’s physical, it’s just a matter of moving your hands and letting it go.