YNG (Yoshitomo Nara and graf)
YNG (Yoshitomo Nara and graf) est. 2003 | Yoshitomo Nara | Japan b.1959 | Hideki Toyoshima | Japan b.1971 | Ryo Aoyanagi | Japan b.1974 | Yasumasa Konishi | Japan b.1974 | Y.N.G.M.S. (Y.N.G.'s Mobile Studio) 2009 | Automobile with reclaimed timber, synthetic polymer paint on wood panel, found objects and drawings on paper | 530 x 370 x 270cm (installed) | Purchased 2009 with funds from the Bequest of Grace Davies and Nell Davies through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Photograph: Natasha Harth
Y.N.G.M.S. (Y.N.G.'s Mobile Studio) 2009
Under the name of YNG, Yoshitomo Nara — one of Japan’s best known contemporary artists — has worked with the Japanese creative design group graf on over 20 collaborative projects around the world since 2003. graf’s practice ranges from furniture and graphic design to art and food, proposing a ‘structure for better living’. This collaboration provides the artists with a platform for both creative exchange and communication with audiences. By combining disparate aspects of Nara’s practice and interests, which range from painting and sculpture to collected objects and memorabilia, the works produced by YNG enable a comprehensive overview of Nara’s practice and sensibility, which has generally been considered either in the context of pop and kawaii (cute) culture, or within conventional art history.
In this work commissioned for APT6, YNG has created a hut from reclaimed timbers sitting atop a small van. The interior is filled with Nara’s iconic drawings and paintings, small objects that reflect Nara’s punk-rock tastes, and aspects of Australia that caught his eye. The work thoughtfully and playfully encapsulates many significant themes running through APT6, including collaboration, architectural structures, drawing as an artistic practice, local contexts, and links between the museum and daily life.