WALRUS THE TSUTSUI & ERA
A collaboration between artists Walrus The Tsutsuui and Era, these pieces combine Era’s style of using the motion of
erasing a mistake to create artwork, and Walrus The Tsutsui’s employment of a continuous, steady action of stacking
colors one on top of another, and repeating that again and again.
What these two artists share is the impossibility of restarting life from square one; the absolute inability to redo the lives
they have lived up to now. Further, they share the experience of progressing through life while carrying a multitude of different
experiences and moments along the way. In order to express these concepts in their art, Walrus The Tsutsui’s painting process,
based on defined repetition, and Era’s mistake-erasing motion come together to form new designs that aim to express the
individuality of all human beings.
What’s more, by making these pieces on skateboard decks, without trucks or wheels, they express infinite expansion and the
potential that humans have to travel anywhere they wish. Life is a process of error and repentance. As we reflect on the lessons,
morals, and self-analysis that we pick up from erring and correcting ourselves and putting the past behind us, we continue to
have new experiences so that we can become even better. And then we add these new lessons to our mindset and try to repeatedly
act on the newly learned lessons. Living is a process of always trying to get closer to a more perfectly complete self.
The indelible past within ourselves.
The lessons learned from experience.
Such behavior–working to connect the present to the future–is essentially a feature of humanity.
To erase a root, a basis, is how we grow up; it is how we take the next step. And what peaks through the newly erased areas are
all the good parts of the past. This is what is important for creating oneself.
Walrus The Tsutsui & Era were born in 1985 Miyazaki and in 1983 Tokyo, Japan respectively. They both studied painting on their
own and pursued a career as artists. Recent group exhibitions include “UNBLEACHED 2013/2,” Gallery Trinity, Tokyo Japan (2012);
“GEISAI#17,” Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center, Tokyo Japan (2012); “Art Labo X,” The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo
Japan (2012); and “Chips 2012,” Hillside Forum, Tokyo Japan (2012). They received the Liquitex Award in GEISAI#17 (2012).
They both live and work in Tokyo, Japan.