Takahiro Morita "Freehand" / 5 W's!

UNLESS YOU ARE NEW TO THIS WEBSITE OR TO INDEPENDENT SKATEBOARDING ALTOGETHER, TAKAHIRO MORITA NO LONGER SHOULD NEED ANY INTRODUCTION BY NOW. THE GENIUS BEHIND THE UNDERGROUND VIDEO HIT "OVERGROUND BROADCASTING" THAT HELPED SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT THE JAPANESE SKATE SCENE EXACTLY A DECADE AGO (!), THE FAR EAST SKATE NETWORK ENTERPRISE AND THE CLOTHING BRAND LIBE HAS YET AGAIN PRODUCED SOMETHING CONCEPTUAL. A PASSIONATE SKATEBOARDER BUT ALSO A PLASTIC ARTIST, "FREEHAND" IS THE NAME OF HIS NEW PERFORMANCE EXHIBITION AT THE ICHIHARA LAKESIDE MUSEUM, FOR WHICH HE BUILT A SKATE COURSE AND, WELL... PEEP THE VIDEO RECAP TO TRY AND GET IT! LIVE SKATEBOARD MEDIA ALSO GOT TO BRIEFLY EXCHANGE WITH MORITA REGARDING THE HAPPENING. HIS WORDS BELOW.
 
LIVE Skateboard Media: Who designed the art performance / skate course? Was all the design of the place your idea too? What environment did you try to create?
 
Takahiro Morita: It was me, all me. I wanted to make a space where people can imagine skateboarding.
 
What I wanted to express through my work is to show the lines that we, skaters, unintentionally draw with our boards. I wanted to express the law, speed, emotional ups and downs, the amount of heat in my skating by drawing lines with my board. I also wanted to express numerous other things with each line.
 
The first thing I did before working on this "FREEHAND", was to actually skate the exhibition space in Ichihara Lakeside Museum. Then I imagined the space that is going to be the canvas and started designing transitions for it.
 

And then I tried to figure out how to make a drawing pen with a skateboard.
 
The reason why I chose a brush for the pen is because it works the best to express the strength and weakness of the drawing pressure. It's a pen, but it consists in one thousand hairs, which makes it possible to express delicate lines. I tested many times and came to a conclusion that the tip of the brush needs to have enough hair and it needs to be long enough to draw lines with a skateboard.
 
As for choosing sumi ink, I needed to use fine-grained paint as possible to draw long lines. I couldn't use paint that dried too quick and as I tested numerous times, sumi ink worked the best.
 
LSM: What is the meaning of the black balls on the skate course? They remind me of the ball on ink pens, and the course looks like one empty canvas at first, that the skateboarding eventually takes over.
 
Morita: No meaning. It's all up to people's imagination.
 
Mine happens to be the nuance that the ball would start moving every night and leave the marks. But I don't want people to know the secret. The truth is, when people don't know about the meaning then the meaning is limitless. 
 
 
LSM: When did you conceive the idea of such a performance?
 
Morita: It was when I went to check out the museum for the first time.
 

LSM: Where is Ichihara Lakeside Museum located?
 
Morita: It's in Chiba, in the outskirts.
 

LSM: Why the name « FREEHAND »? What do free and straight lines represent to you, and what did you want to demonstrate?
 
Morita: "FREEHAND" is the fact and the nuance. Freedom and line. My skateboarding.
 
The way I skate is not about skating good or bad skill. It's about expressing your emotions on a skateboard.
 
Essentially the lines of skaters that get hooked with momentary pleasure is something you can't see. But by drawing them with dynamic lines, people can see the speed, aggression, emotional ups and downs and amount of heat. By doing so, viewers can imagine the actual skating and it would be possible to convey the appeal of skateboarding in many ways.
 
The reason I chose "FREEHAND" as the title is because I wanted to express the freedom of my skateboarding as well as my feelings and emotions. I made this exhibition to convey my aesthetics and also freedom, depth and appeal of skateboarding.
 
The thing that can't be expressed with footage is the real scale, the amount of sumi ink that spread in the space, and also the details of the marks that I left with my skateboard. I hope everyone would get interested in my work.

 

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