Atsushi Adachi

Art - Japan
I am on a quest to embed memories in "things," as well as in search of those memories.

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  • deuy chevaux 2cv

    Size: 85 × 215 × 75
    Material: Kent paper (overseas magazine Life)
    Year completed: 2010
    The French civilian car Citroen 2CV became widespread after WW2, and its humorous design became loved in Europe and the rest of the world. However, during WW2, France was occupied by Nazi Germany and the Citroen company came under control of the Nazis. Being discontent that the 2CV was being used by many Nazis at the time, many of the cars still in production were either destroyed or buried in the factory's walls and underground by Citroen itself to stop the Nazis from using them. Since the war, several buried 2CVs from that time have been found.

    By the way, 2CV means two horsepower. It was named this so that it would fall into the taxation category of basic automobile taxation in France. In reality though, the car isn’t only two horsepower, this is more of a pet name.

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  • Story〜YAMATO〜

    Size: 65 x 370 x 55
    Made of: Kent paper, military novels
    Made in 2006
    Full length 263,0 m, displacement 69000 tons, 3 of 45 caliber 46 cm triple turrets.
    Said to be the biggest and strongest battleship of its time, “Battleship Yamato” was made with the finest technologies of the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was named after ancient Japan and it also has the country’s shape. It was called the “unsinkable battleship”, the unsinkable iron castle.
    However, the ship was left behind the times before it could even show its power. It was sunken on April 7, 1945 at northern latitude 30 degrees 43 minutes 47 seconds east longitude 128 degrees 04 minutes 00 seconds 176 km South from Meshima of Danjo Islands, Nagasaki prefecture. That large hull is silently sleeping 345m under the depth of the ocean, along with the story of 3332 crewmen, praying never to wake up again.

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  • 桜花〜OUKA〜

    Size: 6066 x 5120 x 1160
    Materials: cardboard, Japanese paper, newspaper (Showa era, 1940’s), coloring material
    Made in 2011
    In those days, rocket technology was high-tech, but it wasn’t about rockets aimed for space, it was about rockets that did “body blows to an enemy ship” referred to as kamikaze soldier rockets.
    Many engineers lament, as many young pilots had sacrificed themselves in these metal coffins, those wounds won't vanish. It’s left us feelings of regret and that life is precious.
    However, the records will diminish, the memories will fade, and the reality is it soon regrettably coming to be nothing. It's fact this should not be buried into history, even if the wound is opened, this history must be passed on and remembered.

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  • REISEN

    Size: 450 x 105 x 50
    Materials: Japanese paper, materials
    Made in 2012
    This is not the history of the cold war, but a different one, one of people’s dreams and of hope.
    Space development.
    The U.S. Soviet Union Space Race.
    U.S., Wernher von Braun.
    Soviet Union, Sergei Korolev.
    The dream of these two people was flight into space and to the moon. They utilized troops and the military technology to materialize their dream and push forward their nation.
    This military technology was used for a peaceful mean, not for the cold battles of the cold war, but for the space competition, a hot, exciting, and intense dream.
    This is the history of two things and two peoples dreams.

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About Me

Atsushi Adachi

Art / Japan

I was born in 1988 in Yokosuka City in Kanagawa Prefecture. Since young, I have always been brought to open days at the Self-Defense Force or American Armed Forces Base, and that laid the foundation for my future work. At that time, I never got one of those console games everyone was playing, so I started making my own playthings, and that was how i got into 3D modeling.

I started out on my current works by thinking about the issue of "book design substitutes," an idea that first came about in the Ronin Period. I thought that normal designs were completely uninteresting, and started carving out books to build the "Japanese Battleship Yamato." Thereafter, I became a lecturer and continued working with paper.

When I first started these paper sculptures, it was just fun to make, and I was unintentionally recognized for my effort, and that served as my motivation. However, I came to really love my work, and I started coming up with all sorts of questions about the history, politics, economics, etc. that I had studied. Through the experience, I truly felt how the "memories have been washed away." Eventually, we all come to forget history, war, and people. If there is a "form" I can use to carve out the memories of these people and to preserve them, then I want to somehow go against the flow of time. With that belief, I create.

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  • Creator NameAtsushi Adachi
  • Genre3D Sculpture
  • CountryJapan
  • GenderMale
  • Birthday 1988/01/08
  • Blood TypeB
  • HoroscopeTaurus
  • Experience8 Years
  • RegionTokyo

    Experience

    Group Exhibitions

    1988
    - Born in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

    2010
    - Entered Tokyo Zokei University Department of Art majoring in Sculpturing.
    - Participated in Tokyo Zokei University Faculty of Sculpturing Youshi Exhibition
    - Participated in Tokyo Zokei University Creative Spiral Arts Festivals
    - Participated in the 5 Art College Collaboration Exhibition / Musashino Art University Art Festival Building No. 12 Basement
    via art 2010/Ginza Shinwa Art Museum

    2011
    - Foresta Toranomon /Toranomon
    - WakWakSHIBYA/Shibuya
    - Face to Face to Face Exhibition/Ueno - Cafe`et Galrie Moineau
    - Participated in the 5 Art College Collaboration Exhibition / Musashino Art University Art - -- Festival Building No. 12 Basement
    - 1×2 Exhibition/ Musashino Art University Art Festival
    - Freelance Sample Market/Aoyama Tsuta Salon
    - PepaCon2011/Kagurazaka - ART GALLEY Kagurazaka
    - The Six 2011/La Foret Shinjuku
    - Okurimono Exhibition/Kagurazaka - ART GALLEY Kagurazaka

    2012
    - ACT ART COM Fresh!!/The Artconplex Center of Tokyo
    - Ginza Mitsukoshi Gallery/Ginza Mitsukoshi
    - Cabinet of curiosities/The Artconplex Center of Tokyo
    - Heart no Ace wo Mitsukeyou Exhibition/ Ginza Mitsukoshi
    - Participated in the 5 Art College Collaboration Exhibition / Musashino Art University Art Festival Building No. 12 Basement

    2013
    - GEISAI#18/Asakusa
    - GEISAI#18 Point Ranking Award Winners' Exhibition/Nakano Hidari Zingaro

    Solo Exhibition

    2013
    - ATSUSHI ADACHI EXHIBITION 『改』KAI/Azabu Azabu Juuban Gallery

    Creator Interview

    How did you start?

    I never got any video games when I was young, and received instead only model kits and books, so I spent my childhood making models, reading books, and sometimes drawing. I continued building models through middle school and high school. Since I also loved drawing, I was sure that I wanted to go into the Arts. I spent four years in a prep school. During that time, I ignored (sort of) the theme given and created some 3D sculptures. That was the beginning of the paper sculptures I make now.

    The direction in which my works are going was influenced by a combination of my long experience in model making, as well as the politics, economics, and history I have been reading about since young.

    What are you particular about?

    The planes, battleships, and cars I build are all movable. The inner parts which cannot be seen are all properly made. It's not really something I'm particular about, but rather, because I enjoy making these, I want to make them as good as they can be. So I wasn't thinking about how I must make them such and such, but I guess from an objective point of view, that seems to be what I'm most particular about.

    How long does each of your projects take to complete?

    It depends on the size. Each work usually takes 2-3 months. The life-size or bigger works take about 5-7 months, sometimes up to a year. However, I never really consider any of my works as "complete."

    Where do you usually come up with ideas for your works?

    Usually they pop out impulsively. It has nothing to do with where I am.