Showing posts with label Mikado Pachinko. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mikado Pachinko. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mikado Pachinko III

This will be the last round of photos from Mikado Pachinko. I didn't show the panels on the ceiling because we saw them before they were put up. Seth's work is droll and charming, without being cutesy. But as I think is evident from the one photo of the panels among the rows of game machines, no one is looking at the walls at all. I don't think Seth would have minded that. He always figured that he did his best work, and some people would appreciate it and others wouldn't. It wasn't really for them; it was for himself.
That's Hisako in the top photo, Wink, which is by the front door.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mikado Pachinko II

A couple more photos from the pachinko place. These big panels are up on the walls looking down benignly on the game players as they attempt to hit the big time.
I asked Hisako if people really won money at this. She said that when she was in college someone she knew bought himself a car with pachinko winnings. I presume he was someone who knew when to stop.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Mikado Pachinko

We are back from Japan. It is a little hard to come back from having no particular responsibilities, from having someone else fix breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, and from being an honored guest--and therefore the center of attention--in the places we went. But home life has its charms as well.

One of the places we visited in Japan was the Pachinko parlor where Seth's work adorns the ceiling and walls. If, like me, you have never been in a Pachinko parlor, this is a revelation. I didn't know that people could be attracted to such a place. The noise level was just above the level of pain, but not to the point that makes your ears bleed. It was a kind of white, metallic noise, almost even, but with little clinks that seem to be from the actual strokes of the keys--or however it is you play the games. No human sounds. At eleven AM it was about a third full of game players, and cigarette smoke was rising throughout the room.

We went in and started taking pictures, and the manager came and spoke to Hisako. The noise was such that with my limited Japanese it would have been impossible to listen closely enough for me to understand him. She told him who we were, and he let us go ahead with our photography. Foreigners are allowed to do some things that Japanese people would be shamed out of. Some of the game players must have worried a bit about being caught on camera. Were they ditching work to come in and gamble?

No one seemed to even notice the artwork on the walls and ceiling. They were intent on the little flashing lights in front of them. But I photographed all of Seth's art, and a few shots of it in context. For the next few days that is what I will be showing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pachinko parlor art

This is as close as I have to what Seth's work actually looks like on the walls of the Pachinko place. It looks like there are about a dozen panels for the ceiling, and then Seth did the business cards and other images that they use in the place. He also did a series of t-shirts for them. It's pretty slick artwork, not personal at all. But pretty cute too.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Seth painting 2004

A little something different.
Among the files on Seth's hard drive there was a series of photos of Seth painting, with his friend Peter and a crew of helpers. The file is marked June 2004. He was painting panels to mount on the ceiling and walls of a Pachinko parlor outside of Nagoya. He did all the graphic art for this place, and then I presume they wanted him to do something big for the walls too. He looks as though he is serious about his work, but having fun too.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Mikado Pachinko

A couple more images from Mikado Pachinko in Osaka.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Mikado Pachinko

In 2004, Seth produced a series of images for a Pachinko parlor in a neighborhood somewhere on the outskirts of Nagoya. I have no idea what were the guidelines he was given for the look they wanted, or how they ultimately used the images. But what he came up with is a series of very slick drawings, but still charmingly Seth-ish.
I am having trouble posting more than one image, so I'll put up one today and maybe a couple more in the next day or two.