Tomokazu Matsuyama with Sandra Tillman

Tomokazu Matsuyama with Sandra Tillman

To put their new notebook to the test, Toshiba Australia, Windows and Intel recently challenged renowned Japanese artist, Tomokazu Matsuyama, to craft an entire pop-up art exhibition for Sydneysiders to enjoy.

DSC06676All the artworks for the exhibition had to be created by Tomokazu during his 17 hour flight from Japan to Sydney, using only a Toshiba Portégé Z20t notebook. Ordinarily, one picture takes Tomokazu and his team of assistants several months to complete, as they build up layers of colour, form and pattern.

Tomokazu Matsuyama has exhibited at museums and galleries around the world. Fusing the past with the present and East with West, his creations are rooted in traditional Japanese iconography, while also being contemporary. With a Management degree from Tokyo’s Sophia University plus an MFA, Communications Design from New York’s Pratt Institute, Tomokazu has also worked as a professional snowboarder.

DSC06671On arrival in Sydney, the resulting artworks from this ultimate test of man over machine, were printed and framed, then displayed at the recently held one-off “Made in 17 Hours” pop up art exhibition held over two days in The Museum of Contemporary Art at Sydney’s Circular Quay, where those in attendance, were inspired by the merger of creativity and technological innovation.

It was awesome to see such a beautiful selection of unique original, colourful artworks and at the same time, hard to imagine that Tomokazu Matsuyama had created them all while travelling on his 17 hour flight, with his Toshiba notebook and its fully charged battery.

Sandra Tillman & John Pond check out latest Toshiba

Sandra Tillman & John Pond check out latest Toshiba

After viewing Tomokazu’s exhibition, I wonder how he had time to eat during the flight, or whether he managed to grab a quick nap. I expect he decided to take it easy and relax on the flight back home.

All the digital artworks created for this pop-up exhibition will find a permanent home decorating the walls of Toshiba’s Sydney offices.

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond

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