Gallery Show: 『 来るものはサル!』Exhibition @ Arts Rush, Daikanyama

 
『 来るものはサル!』@ Arts Rush • 12/26/2015 - 1/18/2016 • For all your simian needs

『 来るものはサル!』@ Arts Rush • 12/26/2015 - 1/18/2016 • For all your simian needs

 

Please pardon me as I slip into a tweed jacket; the one with leather patches on the elbows.  Of course, I also need to pack the tobacco into my pipe.  There we are.  Scholarly air achieved, the lesson now begins.

Those of you who have been following this blog for any amount of time or paid attention to the titles of my works have likely realized that I adore a good play on words, and give big hugs to puns.  『 来るものはサル!』is a little bit of Japanese wordy cleverness. 

  • 来る (kuru) means "to come"
  • もの (mono) is a thing (physical, not conceptual).
  • は (wa) is a preposition.  Don't worry about it.
  • サル (saru) is where all the fun is because:
    • 猿 or 申 are the kanji symbols for "monkey" (the first is the normal everyday kanji, the second is for the zodiac sign)
    • BUT, 去る (also pronounced "saru") is a verb meaning "to leave".

Therefore, The title of the exhibition can be read as either "The Monkey Cometh".  Like the Iceman, but hairier and likely a bit more fun.

OR

It can be read as "That which comes, leaves" ("Coming and going"?)

Wordplay like this warms my heart almost as much as being invited to participate in the exhibition does!  Seven artists are participating in the exhibition, all with unique styles applied to the celebration of the most playful and anthropoid of Zodiac signs. 

Gallery of the Art


= Participating Artists • 参加作家 =

パトリックギャノン(切り絵)•  Patrick Gannon
そのだ正治(鉄造形)•  Masaji Sonoda
きりえや高木亮(切り絵)•  Ryo Takagi Cut Paper Art
なかひらまい(絵画)•  Mai Nakahira
Bird Deco(造形)
もきゅん(造形)
松江直樹(陶芸)

 

『 来るものはサル!』Exhibition

dates: Sat. December 26, 2015 - Mon. January 18, 2016

times: 11:30am - 8:00pm [doors shut 5:00pm on Mondays, closed Tuesdays]

place: Arts Rush, 1F 2-14-10 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 〒150-0021

tel: 03-3770-6786
gallery: website
directions: English map
directions: 地図

日付: 2015年12月26日(土)〜 2016年1月18日(月)
時間: 午前11:30時~午後20時 [ 月曜日は午後5時閉店 火曜日定休日 ]
住所: アートラッシュ • 〒150-0021 東京都渋谷区恵比寿西2-14-10 トゥワォン代官山103
電話: 03-3770-6786
ギャラリー: ホームページ
アクセス: 地図

 

『 来るものはサル!』@ Arts Rush • 12/26/2015 - 1/18/2016 • For all your simian needs

 

Beat the Clock

The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar • Pre-Order now

The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar • Pre-Order now

There are things which excite me about being an artist.  Dreaming up new concepts.  Translating these into sketches and drawings, whether brilliant or downright awful.  Talking to art lovers and fumbling through attempts at organizing the pictures in my brain into words that actually hold meaning to others.

Inventory, and the taking of it, is not on my list of enthralling tasks.  It is, however, both necessary and how I whiled away yesterday afternoon.  

You see, the 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar Kickstarter campaign has lurched to a close, and it is now time to start shipping the postcards, prints, laser cuts and calendars out to the very cool folks who supported me.  In order to do that, I need boxes and envelopes and labels and… tape?  And stuff.  So, while the actual counting of plastic bags and pieces of cardboard is slow and dusty work, sharing my work with the world is a pretty exciting destination.

The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar is now available for pre-order on my shop page.  The proofs look great, and my printer is, at this very moment, laying ink to paper.  I think this has the potential to be the best looking calendar yet.  Calendar shipping will begin right as soon as the Kickstarter backers packages are all shipped out - probably around the start of December.

If spending your year in the company of papery art sounds like heaven to you, click away.

 

The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar Campaign – No More Monkeying Around

The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar on Kickstarter

Running from Now until October 10, 2014

Celebrating the Year of the Monkey with 366 days of breathtaking art, stunning paper, & fuel for the imagination

Autumn has arrived - although a person would be forgiven for not realizing it here in Fukuoka.  The weather has cooled off a touch from the blast furnace of summer, but there aren't any other obvious signs of Fall.  No crisp evening air, no turning of the colors of leaves, no glistening frost in the early morning sun.

There is, in fact, only one clear signal that 2015 is beginning to wane:  The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar has swung to life on Kickstarter!

Last year, the backers were, once again, very kind to us.  Thanks to them we were able to not only print the 2015 Calendar, but also the Year of the Ram Laser Cut, and our first ever T-shirt.  Without their (and your) help, none of that would have been possible.

I'm hoping that you will come with us on our little journey once again, and support us as we make some big changes to the 2016 Calendar.  There's lots of new art, and a new cover.  There's some great rewards and awesome stretch goals.  We're asking backers to vote for art on a couple of the calendar pages too.

Above, you can see the goofy video I made, which I'm just a teensy bit proud of.  We got seriously lucky earlier this year while taking a nice day trip to Nagasaki-prefecture's Ikinoshima island.  We stumbled upon a shrine that was populated by legions of stone monkeys - many of whom were adamant to not see, hear, or speak of vile things.  There were also a couple monkeys, which I blush to show here, that were less shy.  Fertility shrine monkeys, apparently.

The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar Cover Art

The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar Cover Art

How It Works

The basic goal is $2300 USD (Reached!). That amount will cover the cost of printing 100 calendars, shipping materials and postage. I’d love to print more, but that will depend on how many calendars get snapped up. The deadline is October 10, 2014. The Kickstarter system is pretty straightforward:

You CHECK out the Project and lust after the art. You PLEDGE money – however much you choose. You pick a REWARD. Then you WAIT. The project has already reached it’s GOAL, so your credit card or Paypal account will be charged the amount you pledged after the campaign ends. I’ll CONTACT you for your contact info., your choice of rewards (where applicable), etc. Then I’ll SHIP out the reward(s) you chose. Finally, ENJOY.

Stretch Goals

Now that we've passed our goal, more pledges will allow us to reprint rewards and knock out a bigger print run of calendars.  PLUS we've got some very cool ideas to make this project even more fun!

  • Reached!  Postcard Pack 5 - It's been a few years since we've produced new postcards.  I'm happy to say we will introduce 5 new cards this year!
  • $4000 - We'll reprint whichever postcards are running low (there's a popular jungle cat who has been disappearing into the underbrush, for example).
  • $5000 - The Year of the Monkey limited edition Laser Cut Print (I'm designing it right now!).

Gallery Show: 妖し展 [Ayashi•2015 Exhibition] @ Arts Rush, Daikanyama

Let's not go slapping around any shrubbery, shall we?  It's hot out there.  Not it's-okay-as-long-as-we-stay-in-the-shade-with-a-lemonade hot.  Not gently-waving-a-hand-folded-paper-fan-in-my-face hot.  No, this is real heat.  The kind of heat that makes people wilt.  That makes your ice cream melt in your hand before you get three licks in.  That makes you sweat even while you're standing in a cold shower.  It's a small step below surface-of-Mercury (sunny side) hot, and it's downright uncomfortable.  And then there are the ghosts.

Oh, you didn't know about the ghosts?  You thought that was an Autumnal, Halloweeny occurrence?

Not here in Japan, where Obon creeps in during the dog days of August, and the hungry ghouls like their nights thick and humid.  

In an effort to appease these restless spirits, Arts Rush Gallery in Daikanyama presents 妖し展 [Ayashi•2015 Exhibition], a celebration of all things weird, spooky, and fascinating.  9 artists have dared the darkest night and risked their very souls, creating macabre, yet beautiful, works of wood, paint, sculpture, jewelry, and more.  

Gallery of the Art


= Participating Artists • 参加作家 =

高橋信雅 [Takahashi Nobumasa](絵画) 
原政人(造形) 
江島多規男(造形)
江村あるめ(造形) 
野谷美佐緒(アラビア語デザイン&ペーパークラフト) 
槙宮サイ(球体関節人形)
パトリックギャノン(切り絵)
Noe(造形)
ポオ エ ヤヨ(絵画&アクセサリー)

妖し展 [Ayashi•2015 Exhibition]

dates: Wed. August 12 - Mon. August 24, 2015

times: 11:30am - 8:00pm [doors shut 5:00pm on Mondays, closed Tuesdays]

place: Arts Rush, 1F 2-14-10 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 〒150-0021
tel: 03-3770-6786
gallery: website
directions: English map
directions: 地図

日付: 2015年8月12日(水)〜 8月24日(月)
時間: 午前11:30時~午後20時 [ 月曜日は午後5時閉店 火曜日定休日 ]
住所: 〒150-0021 東京都渋谷区恵比寿西2-14-10 トゥワォン代官山103
電話: 03-3770-6786
ギャラリー: ホームページ
アクセス: 地図

Gallery Show: T-shirts @ Arts Rush, Daikanyama

Let's face it, it's summer.  Even though rainy season is still in full drip here in Fukuoka, the stifling heat and humidity is skulking right around the corner of the calendar.  The absolute, very last thing we want to do, as the July and August sun scorches the landscape, is burden ourselves with heavy clothing.  No parkas or anoraks this season.  How wonderful then, that Arts Rush is providing everyone in and around Tokyo the chance to pick up attire that is both stylish and seasonally appropriate.

The T-shirt exhibition is an amazing way to find a piece of artwork that you can share with friends, strangers, and passers-by.  Because you'll be wearing it.  These shirts are some of the most beautiful and unique tees I've laid my eyes on.  

Hop on over to the online gallery to take a peak.

Those of you who took part in last year's Kickstarter event have seen my Tee-shirt contribution already.  For those who haven't, please enjoy!  If you can't make it to Tokyo, I do have a number of shirts left here in the studio.  Drop me a line and I'll let you know how to get your very own.


=Participating Artists • 参加作家=

東田亜希 • 湯浅紀美子 • 藤沢芳子 • 牧瀬茜 
境野裕子 • Myu • 上西慶子 • MOYA
Noe • 5*SEASON • なかひらまい • ゆうき慧真 
チヒロ • 千葉由笑 • 溝渕ゆう子 • 武盾一郎
野谷美佐緒 •  パトリック ギャノン • 草薙能子 • くわナよしゆき
YOoco・Labo • もきゅん

T-shirt Exhibition

dates: Wed. July 1 - Mon. July 20, 2015

times: 11:30am - 8:00pm [doors shut 5:00pm on Mondays, closed Tuesdays]

place: Arts Rush, 1F 2-14-10 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 〒150-0021
tel: 03-3770-6786
gallery: website
directions: English map
directions: 地図

日付: 2015年7月1日(水)〜 7月20日(月)
時間: 午前11:30時~午後20時 [ 月曜日は午後5時閉店 火曜日定休日 ]
住所: 〒150-0021 東京都渋谷区恵比寿西2-14-10 トゥワォン代官山103
電話: 03-3770-6786
ギャラリー: ホームページ
アクセス: 地図

Gallery Show: Ornamentations of Gentlemen & Ladies @ Arts Rush, Daikanyama

Spring is peeking it's bashful head up from under the snow and chill.  Gentlemen and Ladies of all genders and predilections take this chance to throw off the chains of cabin fever and wander forth, feeling the still-brisk air on their cheeks for the first time since becoming wintery shut-ins.  Dressing properly for this weather is essential - but decidedly not simple.  After sidling into your tweeds and windbreakers, do consider adding the proper dash of spice with a unique accessory, a glittering piece of ornamentation - or a mid-sized piece of artwork for that extra splash of class.

Gallery of Artwork & Ornamentation


=Participating Artists • 参加作家=
Atelier K'z(Stone Accessories • 天然石アクセサリー)
あるちざんkumi(Laser Flower Art • レザーフラワーアート)
岩切等(Photography • フォトグラファー)
江島多規男(Accessories • アクセサリー)
斎藤桂一(Modeling • 造形)
羽者家大侑(Handmade Timepieces • 手造り時計)
原政人(Modeling •造形)
パトリック・ギャノン(Cut Paper • 切り絵)


the details:

紳士と淑女の小物展 [Ornamentations of Gentlemen & Ladies]

dates: Wed. April 1 - Mon. April 13, 2015

times: 11:30am - 8:00pm [doors shut 5:00pm on Mondays, closed Tuesdays]

place: Arts Rush, 1F 2-14-10 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 〒150-0021
tel: 03-3770-6786
gallery: website
directions: English map
directions: 地図

日付: 2015年4月1日(水)〜 4月13日(
時間: 午前11:30時~午後20時 [ 月曜日は午後5時閉店 火曜日定休日 ]
住所: 〒150-0021 東京都渋谷区恵比寿西2-14-10 トゥワォン代官山103
電話: 03-3770-6786
ギャラリー: ホームページ
アクセス: 地図

Tearing off the wrapper

Starting over is nearly always a bittersweet feeling, regardless of the circumstance.  There is, of course, the bright, rosy sheen of a hopeful future, rife with new possibilities.  However, That lingering scratch in the back of one's mind;  "Is this the right thing to do?" always remains.  Not to mention the realization that you never did all of the things you promised yourself you would do, followed by a quick vow that history won't repeat itself this time around.

The past few months have been a weird time for me, with a bunch of changes that have already tweaked my reality, and the seeds planted for others to cause real upheaval down the line.  I'm not sure how all of this will turn out, but there's a good chance that my art production will take a hit - at least temporarily.  I have a plan to combat that eventuality, and I'm committed to make it work.

The most immediate change, which I'm sure you've noticed by now, is this new website.  Served by a new host, with a bunch of new capabilities (and the matching shackles of restriction).  There'll be a whole new email provider too, which will be an adventure unto itself.

The previous site was my own baby - hand-coded from more-or-less scratch in an era where I had plenty of free time, and before the internet had transformed into what it is today.  It came at a time when I still thought of myself as an illustrator, dabbling in the world of galleries and "fine-art".  As such, it's purpose was different, and it evolved over time in an organic way - by which I mean that it grew weird protuberances and extra limbs jutting out at odd angles.  I'll always love that website; after all, it taught me, through trial and repeated error, how to code html and css, among other things.  

As time crept by, however, it became a bit ungainly.  Worse - and this is partly my own fault - the galleries hadn't been updated in quite a while.  It's not that I didn't have new art to show - just that getting it up there was a clumsy process which required time I often didn't have to give. Add to that the fact that, as I create work which is dedicated to an exhibition, I can't always update as often add I like.  

Enough with the past, for the moment,  Onto the future.

My hope is that the new website is easier for visitors to understand and move around.

  • Galleries are divided into collections, rather than years.  This makes much more sense, thematically, and hopefully shows off the connections between works which I have been concentrating on recently.
  • The About section is similar to the older site at the moment, but plans call for a new section for press and media - finally collecting it all in one place, with better images and more information.
  • The blog - well, that's a work in progress (I'll talk about that below).  I'm hoping that it can be more social, and more encouraging to visitors who want to comment.  Also, the text is bigger and prettier, so it should be easier to read.

A Work-in-Progress

There's a lot left to do before I consider the site complete.

  • There will be more galleries coming soon:  installations, pop.  And, as soon as I can get some work photographed, a secret one I'm planning.  Including at least one new piece which sold so fast that I hadn't had the chance to show it to anybody yet.
  • The blog - it's gonna be a mess for a while.  Because I imported my old Wordpress blog, a lot of the old links and images might break or disappear.  It's bound to happen.  I'll slowly make my way through, fixing the most important (art) posts first, until everything works.
  • The shop - right now, this is up-in-the-air.  I'm looking at a couple possibilities.  There's a temp shop I'm building right now, which will feed into Paypal.  Squarespace (my new web host) offers a shop system which accepts credit cards - but not Paypal.  I'm considering moving the basic items offsite - to Etsy or something like that - and keeping this website for the items closer to my own artwork - prints and laser cuts.  We shall see.
  • FAQ - I think it will be a nice idea.  Let folks know some basics about my process, how to buy art, that kind of thing.
  • Media - a collection of magazines, newspapers, videos, etc that mention my work.
  • Perhaps a News page with announcements to upcoming exhibitions?

There's probably a whole lot more.  I can't promise to get to these things immediately, but over time, they will evolve.  Probably not until the end of March '15 though.  The next few weeks are gonna be brutal, and I need to step back from the computer to survive.

You Can Help!

  • Notice a broken link on the blog... or anywhere. actually?  I'd love for you to let me know.
  • Misspellings?  Typos?  Weird nonsense?  Drop me a line
  • Thoughts on the shop?  Do you prefer Paypal, or would a credit card be a better option for you?
  • Anything else you notice, can think of, or want to say!

Thanks for your patience during this transitional time.  Hopefully I haven't broken anything irreparably.  That would stink.  More importantly, I hope that you come to love the new site, and that it can grow to show even more cool stuff.

I've been asked by other artists (and folks who want to get online) why I've made the choices I've had with this new site, and I'll be writing about those choices in the near future.  It's gonna be verbose.

Gallery Show: 蒼山日菜と日本の切り絵作家展 [Hina Aoyama and Cut Paper Artists of Japan Exhibition] @ Ichiba, Matsue

Click the image for detailed PDF / 詳細のPDFは画像をクリックしてください

Click the image for detailed PDF / 詳細のPDFは画像をクリックしてください

A few years ago, while I was in the midst of relocating from Tokyo to Fukuoka, I had the privilege of exhibiting at the Kirie of the World in Japan Exhibition at the Fujikawa Kirie Art Museum. One of the artists represented there was the wonderful Hina Aoyama. Not only is Hina an amazingly talented paper cutter, she is also a really impressive, charismatic person. If you ever have the chance to talk to her, don't you dare be shy.

Ms. Aoyama has invited me, along with five other cut paper artists to exhibit with her at the Ichibata Department Store, Matsue Branch from December 27th until January 12th.

The artwork will range from the impossibly small and delicate to the colorful and bold. It's an exhibition not to miss. I've even got a few pieces in the show that have never been exhibited before (20 pieces total, so it's gonna be a big show).

Which reminds me: If you've never been to Japan, now is a great time to come. Sure, the weather isn't as warm as it could be and the cherry blossoms won't blossom for a few months, but the Yen is really weak right now. Coming from overseas has never been more economical (I can't vouch for airfare prices).

As much as I'd like to attend the exhibition, Matsue is a pretty good trek from Fukuoka. If anything changes, I'll be sure to blog about it.

the details:

蒼山日菜と日本の切り絵作家展
[Hina Aoyama and Cut Paper Artists of Japan Exhibition]

dates: Sat. December 27, 2014 - Mon. January 12, 2015

times: 10:00am - 7:00pm [ends 6pm Dec. 31st, closed Jan. 1st, ends 5pm last day]

place: Ichibata Dept. Store, Matsue branch, 6th Floor, (Matsue Asahi-machi)

Advance Tickets: Adults 500円(same day 700円)• JHS students 400円(same day 500円)• elementary school students or younger enter free

contact: Sanninchuoshinposha Regional Promotion Bureau Culture and Sports Division
telephone 0852 (32) 3415

Hina Aoyama : official website
venue: website
directions: map

日付: 2014年12月27日(土)〜 2015年1月12日(月) 時間: 午前10時 〜 午後7時[ 1月1日は店休 • 詳細はポスターをご覧下さい] 住所: 一畑百貨店松江店6階催会場(松江市朝日町) 前売り券: 大人500円(当日700円)• 中高生400円(当日500円)• 小学生以下無料 問い合わせ: 山陰中央新報社地域振興局文化・スポーツ事業部=電話0852(32)3415

主催: 山陰中央新報社/協力 一畑百貨店

蒼山日菜 : official website 会場: ホームページ アクセス: 地図

Click the image for detailed PDF / 詳細のPDFは画像をクリックしてください

Click the image for detailed PDF / 詳細のPDFは画像をクリックしてください

Guest Shots: The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014

The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014, all artwork courtesy of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014, all artwork courtesy of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

In moving from Tokyo - the center of population, politics, business, and culture in Japan - I had resigned myself to living with a dearth of musical performances, galleries, museum exhibitions, and global food. Imagine how happy I have been, these past few years, to be completely and utterly wrong. I revel in my misconceptions at every possible opportunity. Opportunities have been plentiful.

If you have the chance to bounce through Fukuoka before November 30, 2014, I recommend you stop by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum to check out The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014.

Another Realm (Horse), Min Thein Sung

Another Realm (Horse), Min Thein Sung

The exhibition collects artwork of every possible genre; sculpture, painting, animation, video, multi/mixed-media, video games, collage, and more. What could have been a hodgepodge of disparate and incompatible ideas instead feels tied together by a strong social conscience as this group of mostly young Asian artists examine the present and look ahead to a myriad possible futures. Employed throughout is - and this may be my favorite element - a seriously quirky sense of humor.

Uterusman, Lu Yang

Uterusman, Lu Yang

Here are a bunch of links to info about the show and its artists:

Spine, Sunil Sigdel

Spine, Sunil Sigdel

深い森の誰も知らない国, Tanaka Chisato

深い森の誰も知らない国, Tanaka Chisato

アナハバナシ展, Yoshinaga Koutaku

アナハバナシ展, Yoshinaga Koutaku