Unreliable Rembrandt Graphic Art

Unreliable Rembrandt Graphic Art

いいかげんにお金返してくれないと、ほんとにこまる。
電話をしても営業時間内なのに留守電ばかり。
家電話でなく携帯でかけ直したら聞き慣れた声がでたのに
「(Rembrandt Graphicですかの問いに)ちがいます」って。。
もう一度かけ直したら、また留守電。
ただのちょっとルーズな田舎の画材店のイメージだったのだが、
犯罪っぽくなってきた。
Myspaceの記事は検索にひっかからないけど、こちらはひっかかるので、
以下、ふたたびMyspaceのブログから転載。

As I wrote, I STILL have a huge problem with Rembrandt Graphic Art in US.
They don’t send me what I ordered 12 months before,and they don’t do a refund,
they just keep in their pocket my 524USD.
Finally they told me they would pay me back.
but they didn’t do a refund beyond the due date.
I continue to email them.

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I wrote this email to them on 23 Feb 2008

I am sorry to say but I have nothing parcel from you until now,
and I think you run out of time.

You wrote On 2008/01/31 as below:
>However, if you have not received within the next week or two and would like a >refund, we will comply.
Then I set the deadline on 15th Feb. And it is 23rd Feb today.
Nothing have reached to me.
(I think you knew it because you have put a tracer on it)

I would like a refund 524USD until 29th February 2008.
Please pay the money back to my Paypal account.
********@hotmail.com
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But I have nothing reply from them. Therefore I wrote again on 3 March 2008
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We are in March now,
You were supposed to pay me back the money 524USD until the last month.
As you have proposed, I have not yet recieve the papers and I prefer refund the money.

PLEASE PAY ME BACK THE MONEY 524USD NOW.
I already have sent to you the money request from my PAYPAL account (********@hotmil.com)
You can pay me back with paypal.

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Then, I wrote AGAIN on 4 March 2008.
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YOU OWE ME. The deadline has past.
You have to pay 524USD back to me now.
I can’t wait anymore.
Read the e-mails below I have sent to you before.

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AND they wrote me back on 2008/03/05
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We do not have a Paypal account. Is there another method by which we can refund your payment?

*****
sales@rembrandtgraphicarts.com

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Is this the email has to be wrote beyond the due date?
I wrote then nice and politely HOW TO USE THE PAYPAL.
and just in case, I offered the refund by Postal money order........

Then NICE AND POLITELY i reset the duedate on 15 March 2008. But.....
I wrote to them just for remind on 14th and 15th March.
Then I wrote AGAIN & AGAIN on 18th and 21st March ,because they didn’t do nothing.......
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On 2008/03/18
To: sales@rembrandtgraphicarts.com
Subject: :::Waiting for Money Order !!,from Fantafonte

Hello ******

I’m afraid that I have to tell you I have discomfort about your credibility gap.
I don’t still have your e-mail that tell me"I have sent to you the Money order of $524".

YOU that have set the day and the refund. DUE DATE HAS PAST.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR WORD.YOU OWE ME.

AND, On 2008/03/22 I have been almost mad.

PAY me back $524USD.
You owe me.
Just stand up and go to the post office,
then make an international postal money order of 524USD for me,
and send it to me by secured mail.
JUST DO NOW.
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AND FINALLY THEY DROP THE SHORT LINE on 2008/03/25, at 12:54,

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Fantafonte,

The money order will be sent later this week.

Regards,

sales@rembrandtgraphicarts.com

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BUT after that... I have never recieve the email " We have sent the money order".
I wrote AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN.....

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On 2008/03/30

I just would like to double-check if you have already sent me a International Postal Money Order
as YOU said you would do this before the end of this week.

And I have already asked you to let me know when you send it to me.
I think you have to be ready to email me " I’ve done", don’t I?

*AND on 2nd April 2008.

don’t know why I have not yet got email from you that said " I have sent the money order".
I think you should take more seriously this year-long trouble to me.

============

I didn’t know rembrandt graphic art is such an unreliable shop...
I have lost 524USD.

Pay me back 524USD! Rembrandt Graphic Art.



Pay me back 524USD! Tons of mails between rembrandtgraphicarts.com
今の気分: ムカつく
カテゴリー: アート/写真

I have a trouble with rembrandtgraphicarts.com.
I have ordered some papers, they charged 524USD on the next day on my amex card.
It was in March 2007. It’s been one year,

But the papers never reached me.
If the papers were out of stock, it’s OK, they could just e-mail me so and pay back to me.
BUT they didn’t.
After one year, finally they told me that comply the refund. Of course I agreed with that.
and then the due date has already past, BUT they didn’t pay me,

These are tons of e-mails between I,fantafonte, and rembrandtgraphicarts.com.
* names, e-mail addresses, addresses are erased for privacy.


To:rembrandtgraphicarts.com
Subject: :::Waiting for Money Order !!,from fantafonte
Date:2008/3/21 2:29:41:JST

Hello ******,

I’m afraid that I have to tell you I have discomfort about your credibility gap.
I don’t still have your e-mail that tell me"I have sent to you the Money order of $524".

YOU that have set the day and the refund. DUE DATE HAS PAST.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR WORD.YOU OWE ME.

You wrote On 2008/01/31 as below:
>However, if you have not received within the next week or two and would like a >refund, we will comply.

On 2008/03/18, at 21:02, I wrote:

Hello ******,

As I told you, due date is already past.
Send me NOW International Postal Money Order as directed by the note below I have sent you before.
And e-mail me again to tell me "I have just sent to you International Postal Money Order".
I don’t want to hear from you "I WILL blah-blah-blah" anymore.
I want you to carry out your word.

*Note*
Any fee will be paid by you to get and send an International Postal Money Order of 524USD,
and you have to send it to me by a SECURE (like an registered mail) postal mail.
I think we don’t want to do ’I-have-send-it / I-don’t-have-received-it’ anymore.
http://www.usps.com/money/sendingmoney/sendmoneyinternationally.htm

My postal address is*
*******


On 2008/03/18, at 14:19, rembrandtgraphicarts.com wrote:

Hello fantafonte,

We will send you a refund via International Money Order, as we do not have a Paypal account.

****
rembrandtgraphicarts.com


On Mar 15, 2008, at 12:47 PM, fantafonte wrote:

Hello, *****.

It is a note to remind you that the due date is TODAY!
Please refund 534USD today by Paypal or by International Postal Money Order.
And Please e-mail me how would you pay me by the end of the day.

fantafonte

On 2008/03/14, at 2:17, fantafonte wrote:

Hello *****,

It is just a note to remind you that the due date is 15th March 2008.
As I told you, you can refund 524USD to me by Paypal or International Postal Money Order
whichever you like.
If you choice the International Money Order, please e-mail me when you post it for just in case.
Read well the advisory note that I have sent to you last time.

Thank you,
fantafonte

On 2008/03/06, at 1:39, fantafonte wrote:

From: fantafonte
Date: 2008,3,6 1:39:58:JST
To:rembrandtgraphicarts.com
Subject: Re: !!Important!! YOU OWE ME 524USD from fantafonte

*****,

I think you don’t need any service charge to have a Paypal account.
I hope it will help you:
Paypal - Help Center
https://www.paypal.com/j1/cgi-bin/helpweb?cmd=_help
-How do I pay for a Money Request/Invoice?

But, if you still have a problem to pay 524USD to me by Paypal
(I thought it was one of the most secure,easiest and charge-free method to you,too),
you can pay with International Postal Money Order.
PLEASE read below carefully:

Any fee will be paid by you to get and send an International Postal Money Order of 524USD,
and you have to send it to me by a SECURE (like an registered mail) postal mail.
I think we don’t want to do ’I-have-send-it / I-don’t-have-received-it’ anymore.
http://www.usps.com/money/sendingmoney/sendmoneyinternationally.htm

Please send the money 524USD by Paypal or
post an International Postal Money Order of 524USD to me
UNTIL 15th March 2008.

My postal address is:
******


On 2008/03/05, at 14:48, rembrandtgraphicarts.com wrote:

fantafonte,

We do not have a Paypal account. Is there another method by which we can refund your payment?

*****
rembrandtgraphicarts.com

On Mar 4, 2008, at 10:55 AM, fantafonte wrote:

*****,
YOU OWE ME. The deadline has past.
You have to pay 524USD back to me now.
I can’t wait anymore.
Read the e-mails below I have sent to you before.

fantafonte

Form: fantafonte
Date: 2008,3,3 17:59:07:JST
To: sales@rembrandtgraphicarts.com,
件名: PAY BACK MONEY! from fantafonte

Hello *****,

We are in March now,
You were supposed to pay me back the money 524USD until the last month.
As you have proposed, I have not yet recieve the papers and I prefer refund the money.

PLEASE PAY ME BACK THE MONEY 524USD NOW.
I already have sent to you the money request from my PAYPAL account (*****@hotmil.com)
You can pay me back with paypal.

I have already ordered the papers in another shop.
I need the money as soon as possible.

fantafonte

Begin forwarded message:

From: fantafonte
Date: 2008,2,23 1:44:51:JST
To: sales@rembrandtgraphicarts.com,
Subject: Out of time from fantafonte

Hello*****,

I am sorry to say but I have nothing parcel from you until now,
and I think you run out of time.

You wrote On 2008/01/31 as below:
>However, if you have not received within the next week or two and would like a >refund, we will comply.
Then I set the deadline on 15th Feb. And it is 23rd Feb today.
Nothing have reached to me.
(I think you knew it because you have put a tracer on it)

I would like a refund 524USD until 29th February 2008.
Please pay the money back to my Paypal account.
*****@hotmail.com
I will send you(to make sure, both two e-mail addresses) an e-mail invoice,
please follow an instruction on it.

Thank You.
fantafonte




On 2008/01/31, at 23:36, fantafonte wrote:

Hello *****,

I will wait for more 2weeks, specifically until Saturday 15th Feb.
If I have not received the papers until the day, I will demand a refund 524USD.

I would like to know if can I check the tracer on the net
(somothing like the Track & Confirm page on the USPS.com)
I couldn’t find ’the Postal System’ nor ’ ***** US’ on the net.
Please tell me the web page(URL) like the Track & Confirm page for trace the parcel.

fantafonte


On 2008/01/31, at 15:53, rembrandtgraphicarts.com wrote:

Hello fantafonte,

We are sorry for all the problems we seem to be having with this order. We did re-ship the order on December 12, 2007
via the Postal System, insured mail receipt ************* US. We have put a tracer on the shipment. We suggest that you allow the order a few more days to reach you. However, if you have not received within the next week or two and would like a refund, we will comply.

Best regards,
*****
rembrandtgraphicarts.com


On Jan 28, 2008, at 7:22 AM, fantafonte wrote:

I HAVE NOT YET YOUR REPLY NOR MONEY.
DO PAY ME BACK THE MONEY IF YOU HAVE NOT YET DISPATCH THE PAPER.
FIRST OF ALL, I NEED YOUR REPLY.
READ THE LETTER BELOW WHAT I HAVE SENT TO YOU.

From: fantafonte
Date: 2008,1,22 1:37:25:JST
To:rembrandtgraphicarts.com
Subject: Re: My Missing Order from fantafonte

Hello *****,

It’s fantafonte AGAIN.
I still don’t have reply from you for the e-mail I posted on 2007/01/15 and 2007/01/18
about THE ORDER that you said to me you would sent it to me last December
and then after " I will send it next week", I have no-email from you.

As you see the e-mails below, I asked you to sent them via an TRACEBLE way.

And I found the letter of invoice for the order in 2004 from you,
I think if you already send them to me, you might have sent to a letter of invoice to me.
But also the invoice has not yet reached to me.

As I wrote you in the e-mails below,
I have no idea why you could not sent them to me but just saying "I will send them next week"

!!! If you have REALLY shipped the papers to me,
tell me WHEN YOU HAVE SHIPPED AND TELL ME the traceble number of the packege ASAP.

!!! If you have not yet send them to me, I don’t need anymore the papers from you.
PLEASE PAY ME BACK NOW 524USD I HAVE ALREADY PAID TO YOU.
(If paypal needs any handling fees, it will be paid by you.)
I will e-mail you from my paypal account e-mail address:
*****@hotmail.com

fantafonte

On 2008/01/18, at 3:46, fantafonte wrote:

Hello. It is fantafonte from Japan again.
I have sent an e-mail below, but you did not reply "typically".
I need to know how did you do about my order.
You said you would sent the papers in the week next,
but after that I have no information from you.
I am disappoint of you, I mean it.

I do not completely understand why I could not get my papers that I ordered and PAID in March LAST YEAR.
You always just said " I will send them next week". But you never have sent them to me.
How many time do I have to call you and e-mail you for months and months just for buy the papers.

It is enough.
JUST PAY ME BACK ALL THE MONEY NOW. I won’t NEVER do shopping with you.
My paypal account is:
*****@hotmail.com

YOU MUST PAY ME BACK THE MONEY UNTIL 25TH JANUARY 2008.
fantafonte

On 2008/01/15, at 7:18, fantafonte wrote:

Hello *****,
This is fantafonte again.
I am deeply sorry that I have to ask you AGAIN about my order.
You e-mailed me last year to tell me ’ Send the papers next week’.
Therefore I asked you to send them via a tracable way and to tell me the number to trace.

But then I never have your reply.
So I have to tell you the same thing again, as below
Tell me now the status of the order or, if you have not shipped them yet, pay me back now all the money I have already paid you.

fantafonte


From: fantafonte
Date: 2007/12/2 23:56:56:JST
To: rembrandtgraphicarts.com
Subject: Re: I don’t still have what I have ordered & PAID 9 month ago.

Hi *****,

Thank you for your reply, and I am sorry to hear of the problems with your power.
I hope you have not suffered serious damage with the problems in the cold.

I still don’t know what you said you have sent me them before,
I thought if you shipped them you would charge me the shipping fee at once,
I keep checking out my accout of the credit card, but there was nothing like that...
Anyway, I trust what you said, and I think I look forward the papers.

I would like to double check about the shipping fee,
I learned US postal fee has increased very much
and seamail percel postal in no longer available since last May.

It is absolutely clear that I would like the cheaper shipping fee,
but this time I would like a RELIABLE way than the cheapest way.
if there is a way TRACEABLE and costs approximately 150USD or less,
a way something like Priority Mail International,
it is acceptable to me.
And please e-mail me the label or receipt number of the percel when you dispatch.

If the traceble shipping costs over widely 150USD,
please tell me.

Thank you,
fantafonte

On 2007/12/01, at 14:30, rembrandtgraphicarts.com wrote:

Hi fantafonte,

Please excuse the delay in responding to your messages. We have experienced problems with our power (electricity) over the past week making it impossible to check our email.

We put a tracer on the shipment of paper previously sent to you and learned that it had not been delivered. So we will re-ship your paper to you next week: 100 sheets Somerset Textured White 22x 30" and 100 sheets Somerset Textured Softwhite 22x30". We apologize for all the problems with this order.

Best regards,


On Nov 30, 2007, at 11:56 AM, fantafonte wrote:

I have sent you e-mails, letter with fax as below.
But Nothing from you.
Then I have called you in the middle of the night due to the time lag,
it was at eleven morning Friday in your time band,
but you were not but only answering machine.

You can’t leave my order, you have already have my huge amout of money(524USD) 9month ago.
SEND ME THE PAPER NOW ,OR PAY ME BACK 524USD IMMEDIATELY.
I think you truely understand how I am disappointed in you, if you read e-mails below.

You can pay me back 524USD with PAYPAL.
(If paypal needs any handling fees, it will be paid by you.)
My e-mail address for Paypal is:
*****@hotmail.com

fantafonte


Begin forwarded message:

From: fantafonte
Date: 2007,11,7 14:32:56:JST
To: srembrandtgraphicarts.com
Subject: I don’t still have what I have ordered & PAID 8 month ago.

Hello *****,

I don’t still have what I have ordered & PAID 8 month ago,
When I asked you on the phone last summer just after I have sent the e-mails below and I have not had replys from you,
You have said it would ship September, but I am afraid I don’t think it have done.

If you will not ship what I have ordered and already PAID
by the 30th this november,
I WILL CANCEL THE ORDER. PLEASE COULD YOU GIVE ME MONEY BACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

FIRST OF ALL, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THE PROCESS IS GOING ON.
Please reply the e-mail, if your e-mail still doesn’t work, send me a letter via fax.

fantafonte

postal address:
******

::::::::::::
I international phone called to rembrandtgraphicarts.com,
because I have no papers nor e-mail replys.
Finally I could talk to the shop person said would ship the papers next month
and told me to wait for more several weeks. but actually never reached me.
Hey, what have you been while these 4 month after I ordered?
why did you do nothing but charged for those.
:::::::::::::

Begin forwarded message:

From: fantafonte
Date: 2007,7,24 17:35:13:JST
To: rembrandtgraphicarts.com
Subject: I NEED YOUR REPLY

I have been e-mailing and sending fax to you several times,
but I have no reply from you.
I am wondering if those mail addresses are not no longer.

I am just asking you what have done about my order.
If you have dispatched, please tell me when you did it.
I have paid, but I have not yet got it.
Since I have ordered, it takes about 5 months.
PLEASE PLEASE e-mail me back!!!

fantafonte

On 2007/07/18, at 2:21, fantafonte wrote:

I don’t know if this mail address is no longer available or not,
I NEED YOUR REPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
I HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR THE PAPERS, AND
SEND YOU E-MAILS AS BELOW.
BUT I HAVE NOTHING FROM YOU.
YOU MUST REPLY AND TELL ME THE STATUS OF THE ORDER.

fantafonte
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From: fantafonte
Subject: Re: inquiry about my order on March
Date: 16 July 2007 2:12:17:JST
To: rembrandtgraphicarts.com

Hi *****,

I have sent the following e-mail on 7th July,
I am waiting for your reply.
I have PAID the money for the papers what I have ordered but I have not yet recieved.

Please tell me the statusof the order (did you shipped the papers or not, if you did, when did you shipped them) as soon as possible.

thanks,
fantafonte
---------------------------------------------------------

From: fantafonte
Subject: inquiry about my order on March
Date: 7 July 2007 5:05:39:JST
To: rembrandtgraphicarts.com

Hi *****,

I have ordered 200 sheets of Somerset papers as below.
And according to my credit-card statement,
I think I have already paid you 524USD ($2.62x200sheets) on March 9th 2007,
although I don’t know yet if I have been charged the shipping cost.

I just would like to know how is the status of my order below.
I hope they on board a ship are almost arriving to Japan.

Thanks,
fantafonte


On 2007/03/08, at 1:08, fantafonte wrote:

Hi *****,

Thank you for the prompt reply.
It’s OK for me. I will let you know the imformation of my card
via fax for security reason,
and please proceed with my order.

My order is:
100 sheets of 6074 Somerset Textured White, 22 x 30, 250 GMS
100 sheets of 6064 Somerset Textured Softwhite, 22 x 30, 250 GMS
total 200 sheets.
I would like the cheapest cost for the shipping.

I will be so glad if you mail me when you get my card information
and when dispatch the papers.
Thank you very much,
fantafonte


On 2007/03/07, at 10:15, rembrandtgraphicarts.com wrote:

Hi fantafonte,

Thank you for your email. The current price of the Somerset Textured Papers 22x30, 250gms is $2.62 per sheet. Both White and Softwhite are the same price. We regret that our website does not have the correct prices.

We will wait to hear from you regarding the order.

Best regards,

*****
rembrandtgraphicarts.com

個展プチ予告

fantafonte 個展のお知らせ
HPの更新のお知らせをしつつ、来月の個展のプチ予告。
まだ全部作品できてないけど、がんばります。
案内状もつくって、いつもお送りしてる方たちには近くなったら郵送しますが、
とりあえず携帯サイトなんかつくってみました。
上記のコードを読み取るか、
http://fantafonte.com/2006m.htmlを見てみてください。
どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

Imperial Cats

皇居ねこさん 先週末、閉幕間近の三の丸尚蔵館へ若冲などをみにいった。東京に長くいながら、皇居内ってほとんど入ったことがないかも・・と入り口から携帯で写真とりまくっていたら、観覧後の版画工房の人に偶然呼び止められた。皇居内への人の入りが多く、そういえば親王ご誕生の記帳などでもりあがっているのかも(ついでに私も・・)と思ったら、全然そうではく若冲などを見に行く人が多いだけらしい。

 目玉の展示品である若冲の動植物掛け軸全30幅が、ちょこっとずつの小出し(5会期にわたる)なのは、来年の本場相国寺での展覧会に気を遣ってのことだとおもっていたら、ただ単に会場がせまいというのも、あったらしい。

 せっかくなのでカタログ買おうとおもったら、手持ちがなくてカードも使えないってことで仕方なく大手町のオフィス街に戻りATMを探す。再び皇居にもどり、もう一回展示をみて、売店へ行ってカタログなど買う。若冲絵はがきも買う。アイスモナカも買う。そこでまた偶然に版画工房の別の人にも会い、一緒にアイス食べる。

 この売店は、いわゆる皇室グッズがたくさんあって、こんなにいろいろ商品展開しているとは知らなかった。皇族の方グッズはもちろん、皇居内の美術品をモチーフにしたものもある。そして、なによりこの売店には、ねこさんがたくさんいるのだった。蒸し暑い日だったので、アイスモナカを食べてる人が他にも多くて、そのベンチの足下やまわりに、ねこさんがごろごろしているのだった。人慣れはしているものの、うちによく来る近所のねこさんのように誰にでも愛嬌を全開でふりまくような人懐こさはない。やっぱり皇居のねこさんはなんか気高い・・と勝手に思ってみた。

 その後、本丸の方へ散策へ行くという版画工房の人とわかれ、私もせっかくなので竹橋まで皇居内を歩いてみた。以前、竹橋の近代美術館のレストランで、お堀の向かいに皇族の人いるよね!と話していたけれど、そこは皇族の人は誰も住んでなくて、私ら一般庶民に開放されてる木立のある場所だった。都内にこういう木立がぜいたくにあり、一般に開放されているのはとってもいい。学生時代、銀座伊東屋でインレタ加工をしてもらってお金が足りなくて(加工代すら少し足りなくて、今回だけですよ、とメルシー券分その場で割り引いてもらったぐらい)、さらに新宿まで歩いて帰るしかないという悲しいことがあったのだが、その時は本当にこの都会の中心の大オアシスを迂回するルートしかないのが恨めしかった。しかし、それはそれ。やっぱりこの緑地の存在は大きい。

 竹橋について、ちょっとサンドイッチなどたべつつ、先ほど購入したカタログをみる。あの30幅の掛け軸にはあと3幅仏さまと脇侍のがあり(それは今も相国寺にある、つまり全部で「33幅」セットなのだ)、つまり動植物のは仏さまたちのもり立て役なのだと改めて思う。私は幼稚園がお寺経営だったので、クリスマスではなく花祭りがビッグイベントだったという経緯もあり、今となっては葬式仏教以上の活動はほどんどないありがちな仏教徒ながら、幼少時に「のの様(ちいさい子は仏様をこう呼んでいた)ワールド」イメージだけは脳内にしっかり構築されていた。そんなこともあって、その30幅の動植物の掛け軸がみんな「ビバ!のの様」で盛り上がってるのだと私なりに解釈すると、掛け軸の中の動植物もより美しく感じるのであった。

ルーブルとペルシャ

とっても暑い一日。最終日である「ルーブル展」もとい「マルス」みたさに、がんばって朝から上野へ行く。そして「ペルシャ文明展」も。

 で、まずルーブル。案の定大行列だったけど(昼間だったら熱中症になりそう)思ったよりそれほど待たずに入場できた。館内もごった返していて、彫刻のみなさんもびっくりしていたことでしょう。夏休み課題対策鑑賞の親子連れなどもいらして、さっさと目当ての展示室に移動する。
 
 しかし「アレス」なのである。しかも全身像で、胸像である石膏デッサン界でおなじみのマルス像とはちがう。高校時代に一通りの石膏像はデッサンしたはずながら、こんなだったっけ?と思う。顔つきは記憶通り、髪型と肩のへんとヘルメットの感じはそんなだったように思うけど、ヘルメットに犬っぽい動物がついていて、学生時代の私なら、絶対にそれで「ばうばう」なんていたずら書きに利用してるに違いないのだが、その記憶もない。

 以前、フィレンツェでおなじく石膏像ブルータスのホンモノをみたが、それは案外そのまんまだった。でも、このマルスと思って早起きしてきたけど「アレス」だった人は、大理石の質感がやわらかそうで、石膏像でおもっていた力強さより、美しさの方がおおきい。もちろんいにしえの大理石彫刻と、型抜きで小汚くなった石膏像という質感の差は十分に考慮したとしても。カタログ見本を見ても「アレスはマルスにあらず云々」とあり、自分の記憶もさだかではなくなってしまった。・・・のだが、やはりそれは、私が昔デッサンした「マルス像」の原型だった(らしい)。しかしギリシャ神話ではアレス、ローマ神話ではマルスということなんだろうが、なぜ石膏デッサン界では「マルス」で通していたのか、疑問におもった。

 私としては、とりあえず目当てのマルスじゃなくてアレスもみたし、ついで古代ギリシャの器の名称の違いがけっこうわかったので(みんなアンフォラって言うのだと思ってたら、それはちがうと先日イタリア語教室で聞いていたのもあり興味があった)、もうそれで満足して早々に会場をあとにした。

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 そして、都美館に行き「ペルシャ文明展」をみる。ちょうど友達から借りた「ペルセポリス」という同世代のイラン人女性による半生伝的なコミックを読んでいたので、私にはとてもタイムリー企画であった。そのコミックを読んでいても、そのへんの歴史地理に疎かった私は、世界史の本やら世界の宗教辞典やらをみつつ混乱していたのだった。

 そして、展示品はどれもすばらしく、とりわけ壺や動物型の土器類に目を奪われたのでありました。とってもいい。友人と一緒に展覧会を見ながら「この展示品の中でどれか一つもらえるとしたらどれもらう?」的な遊びをよくするのだけど、今回は欲しいものがたくさんで迷ってしまう状態だった。もちろん、何ももらえませんが。しかも館内はルーブル展に比べたらガラガラだし、ゆっくり堪能出来てカタログまで買ってしまった。

 しかしそのコミックを読んでいて、戦火に疲労し尽くしたその国で、これだけの世界的財産を保存していくのは大変なことだったろうと思うのである。それこそルーブル美術館のようなところの収集品の一部は「戦利品」である一方、だからこそきちんと修復され管理されている事実も見逃せない。歴史と現代が切り離されて、古代文明の土地が、いまは戦争でボコボコになってしまっている。というか世界的事情のしわ寄せで戦争がそこに追いやられてるのかもしれない。なんて「ペルセポリス」を読むと思ったりするのだった。もちろんそのコミック自体にはそんな疲労感はによわせつつも悲壮感はなく、パワフルな女の子ストーリーであった。

 そういうわけで、あっつい毎日ですが、ウェブサイトfantafonte.com もこっそり更新しました。

おかげさまにて、無事終了

こんばんは。なんか風邪ひいてる人が周りに多いです。
わたしは○カなのか、あんまり風邪ひかないです。みんなお大事に。

というわけで、東京版画研究所展は、無事に閉幕となりました。
あっというまですね。おかたづけも、搬入飾り付け作業にくらべれば、
さっさとすんでしまって、おかたづけのあと、少しぐびぐびと飲んで
帰ってきました。

版画制作に興味のある方、ぜひ東京版画研究所でいっしょに制作しましょう!
ではまた。


東京版画研究所展はじまりました。

東京版画研究所展橋本作品火曜日の午前中に一気に搬入かざりつけをしました。私の作品はこんなかんじです。これらのさくひんの壁面にも、ひとつ額縁にいれた作品があります。といっても、写真左はじの本にとじたリャマちゃんのシート(未製本状態)作品ですが。手にとって作品をみていただけるようになっています。奥のじゃばらになってる作品は、先月あたりにおもむろに作り始めた銅版画5点を製本したものです。でてくるのは、どれもこのブログタイトル部分のイラストの、二人です。

リャマ作品は、fantafonteのHPでムービーがごらんになれますが(こちら)、お近くの方、お時間ある方、ぜひリトグラフの実物の風合いをぜひご高覧いただけるとうれしいです。今週末日曜日まで開催中です。私は金曜日昼すぎから「お店番」のお当番をする予定です。

東京版画研究所展を開催します

お知らせ。

今週の火曜日より、練馬区立美術館内の一般展示室にて、東京版画研究所展を開催します。私がふだん版画制作の場として利用している版画工房のいわば発表会です。40名ほどが出品いたしまする。お近くの方、ぜひご高覧下さい。

11月8日(火曜日)〜13日(日曜日)10時から6時まで
ただし、初日は午後1時より、最終日は午後5時まで(搬入搬出作業のため)
会場・練馬区立美術館 一般展示室 (最寄り駅は西武池袋線の中村橋)地図はこちら

私は、春の手製本展に出品した「リャマの飼い方」を「リャマの飼い方 with ふわふわリャマボックス」にバージョンアップ(?)させたものなど、手製本のグラフィック・ノベル作品をちまちまと出品の予定です。

絵本原画展ふたつ。

電車にたくさんのって千葉市美術館まで「ブラティスラヴァ世界絵本原画展」をみにいって、チェコとスロバキアがいまや別の国になっていると知る。
先週いった板橋区立美術館のボローニャ絵本原画展とあわせて、ちょっと絵本づいている。

プラティスラヴァの方は、すでに出版済みの作品のみ審査対象らしいので、日本人出品作家も大御所のお名前も目につく。よいイラストレーターのしっかりニーズに応えた作品を見るのはなかなかすがすがしいものがあります。

私も版画作品制作(作品そのものが鑑賞対象)と同時にイラストレーターとしても活動しているけど、こちらは印刷されて仕上がったものが「作品」なので、原画だけよくてもそれが印刷紙面に生かされなければ意味がない。極論をいえば、印刷紙面で美しれけば原画はどうでもいい。

でも、やっぱり原画展はどれも原画の方がよかった。
とはいえ、原画と印刷物をただ見比べるのでなく、絵本という体裁になってる方が、断然いいイラストになっている作品もあるので、不思議なものだ。

来年あたりイタリア旅行をかねて、ボローニャの絵本フェアの時期にあわせていってみようかと、漠然と思っているのものの、絵本の世界はまた独特なんだなあ、と思う。
版画の世界でもアウトサイダーなのに(笑)、いろんな世界がありますね。とりあえず貯金しよう。

古代エジプト ホットケーキ 縄文vs弥生

お盆休みなので覚悟して出かけたものの、
上野公園はそれほどの混雑ではなく一安心。

「ルーブル美術館所蔵古代エジプト展」には、ねこのミイラはなかった。
でも魚とトカゲのモチーフのネックレスがあって、とてもかわいい。
トカゲのパーツだけでもレプリカで売ったら、買うのに。

エジプトの人の髪型っていったいどうなっているんだろう?と
いつも気になる。カツラだったりもするらしいが、
何かフードのようなものをかぶっているのか、ヨコ分けにしているのか
それともアンガールズの人のような不思議な前髪カットなのだろうか。

ミュージアムショップは、とりたててパリの香りのする(?)グッズはなく
ちょっと残念。
だいたいクリアファイルとか一筆箋ばっかりですね、この手のは。
でもヒエログリフえんぴつを買う。200円なり。

ここで、ちかくのこども図書館のカフェで休憩。
写真はスペシャルホットケーキセット、コーヒー付きで500えん。

以前ウェブサイトの方で、美術館内の食事事情への不満をかいた。
私立美術館なら、館内のおしゃれなレストランも呼び物のひとつだろうけど
上野あたりの国公立美術館で、食堂や軽食コーナーが消えて
中途はんぱに「おしゃれなレストラン」気取りをされるのは、かえって不便なのだ。

その点、こども図書館のカフェは、とってもリーズナブル。
しかも館内の庭に面したガラス張りで天気がよければテラス席もある。

そして、科博の「縄文vs弥生展」へ。
展覧会のメインビジュアル(縄文ガールと弥生ガール)のインパクトからみると
展示の方は、ちょっと地味で教科書的。それほどガチンコではない。

一方、常設展の動物の剥製が一同に並んでいる展示や
マンモスの化石、いろんな生物を系統ごと円形に配置した展示は
始めてみたのもあるが、なかなかのスケールだった。
こっちは大人でも十分にわくわくするのだった。

街にでて、ネギだらけの冷やしそばを食べて帰る。




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