The Ossu! Shugeibu and Hideki Toyoshima:

Jiga Daizessan - My Artwork Amazes Me

2011.11.23(Wed.) - 2012.3.20(Tue.)



2011.11.23(Wed.) - 2012.3.20(Tue.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


Mondays, December 29 - January 1 and January 10 (Open on January 2, 9 and March 19)


On the day
General : ¥1,000
College students : ¥800
Elemen/ JH/ HS : ¥400
65 and over : ¥800

General : ¥800
College students : ¥600
Elemen/ JH/ HS : ¥300

Note: Tickets are joint admission for this exhibition and “Monique Frydman”
The tickets allows admission to the Collection Exhibition
Advance Tickets: Available from October 23 at Ticket PIA and Lawson Ticket.

For More Information:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-76-220-2800
Facsimile: +81-76-220-2802

In today’s society, with its passion for efficiency and ease of understanding, are we not inclined to seek guidelines—even in our creative activities, which by nature should be spontaneous and free? Are we not inclined to seek reasons and standards of evaluation for what to make and how to make it?
The “gallant club members” of The Ossu! Shugeibu are men having no handicraft skills or experience, assembled by Bucho (Captain) Shoichi ISHIZAWA, a skilled creator. Proclaiming, “The Untrained Hand is
Beautiful!,” they have continuously launched activities that value, above all, the spirit of fun and the individual’s desire to create. Their relaxed, humor-filled Bukatsu workshops, centered on seven core
members, nimbly overturn the conventions we all unconsciously associate with handicrafts.
Working in design, art, music, and event production, artist Hideki TOYOSHIMA has captured attention with activities that freely traverse genres. Discovering creative opportunities in his encounters with people and places, he creates new events out of relationships arising between things, people, and places. A mediator as well as a creator, he conceives his category-defying activities from his unique perspective as such.
In this exhibition, The Ossu! Shugeibu and Hideki Toyoshima will meet for the first time. Toyoshima will interpret the spirit of The Ossu! Shugeibu’s artwork in creating an exhibition space where their activities
can unfold.

Related Projects

Gallery Tour by Hideki Toyoshima

Date/time: Wednesday, November 23, 17:00 – 18:00
Meeting Place: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge (with same-day ticket to this exhibition)

The Ossu! Live Performance with Electric Sewing Machine

The Bucho will improvise works using an electric sewing machine.
Date/time: Wednesday, November 23, 18:30 – 19:00
Venue: Museum gallery
Admission: No charge

Bukatsu: 3-day Workshops

Season 1: Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 18
Season 2: Friday, December 23 – Sunday, December 25
Season 3: Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 18
Note: One 3-day workshop each season (with different content each time).

Gallery Talks by Curator

Date/time: Saturday, January 7, 18:30 – 19:00 / Saturday, February 18, 18:30 – 19:00
Meeting Place: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge (with same-day ticket to this exhibition)
Language: Japanese

Let’s Read Picture Books (About 30 minutes duration)

Date/time: Yet to be decided
Age: For all ages
Admission: No charge

Teachings of The Ossu! Shugeibu

  • Don’t think too much.
    Don’t draw a design.
    Don’t make a pattern.
    Don’t measure.
    Don’t use sewing pins.
    Don’t worry about sewing straight.
    Don’t compare yourself with others.

Artist Profile

  • Shoichi Ishizawa (Bucho, The Ossu! Shugeibu)

    1963 / Born in Tokyo.
    1985 / Graduated, Design Department, Bunka Fashion College.
    1989 / Worked in France as a freelance designer.
        Produced project planning and designs for Japanese companies.
    1990 / Returned to Japan and created clothing, accessories, and glass design.
    1994 / Entered “Y’s bis.” Involved in fashion design as an “iwish” designer.
        Thereafter, undertakes design and art direction for various companies.
    1998 / Founded ultra tama co., ltd. Designed and produced fashion, miscellanies, interiors.
        Showed “SHOICHIISHIZAWA / ULTRA TAMA” in the Tokyo Collection.
    2003 / Formed The Ossu! Shugeibu with “gallant club members” possessing no handicraft skills.
        Through the experimental efforts of “Bukatsu workshops” valuing personal expression over
        rules and techniques, he has proposed new values for the enjoyment of art.

  • photo: Lieko Shiga

    Hideki Toyoshima

    1971 / Born in Osaka.
    1993 / Graduated, San Francisco Art Institute.
    1998 / Began to undertake design and creation related to living environments
        as a member of “graf.”
    2001 / Completed studies at Chelsea College of Art Design
    2003 / Took charge of alternative space “graf media gm.”
    2006 / Handled exhibits and program operation as a member of YNG for
        the Yoshitomo Nara exhibition atthis museum, “Yoshitomo Nara:
        Moonlight Serenade.”
    2009 / Began working as a member of “gm projects,” capturing attention with diversified, flexible
        expression ranging from art production to spatial design, workshops, and event planning.



Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)

In Cooperation with:

ultra tama co., ltd., gm projects