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A State Of Perpetual Becoming

by jina valentine

An exhibition of Japanese art brut in paris contributes to the evolving discourse of art by the mentally ill.

MORIYA KISHABA, Untitled, 1997-2007, a children's book of Japanese wildlife in which the 

artist has "translated" kana characters into kanjiCourtesy Halle Saint Pierre, Paris.

Though he is functionally illiterate, 31-year-old Moriya Kishaba is fascinated by Japanese ideograms. In fact, he spends hours transcribing them from dictionaries and encyclopedias. In works that appear in the 63-artist group show “Art Brut Japonais” at the Halle

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