Photographs courtesy of atelier incurve.
The building that houses atelier incurve is made of cast concrete, glass and industrial elements that demonstrate a master architect’s finesse with material. The structure is austere but elegant, as well as rational and informed. Yet the artists working at this atelier have another aesthetic sensibility entirely. Their art is intuitive, at times raw, and the artists are free from any preconceived notions of what art should be. Atelier Incurve artists are self-taught, looking inward to find their artistic direction as well as responding to and interpreting the visual world around them.
A government-funded program founded in 2002 in Osaka, Japan, atelier incurve supports the creative endeavors of artists with disabilities. Hiroshi Imanaka, an architect, is the founder of this studio and the designer of its space. Like Jean Dubuffet before him, Imanaka is an educated creator captivated by self-taught artists. However, whereas Dubuf