Exhibitions • Events

Ayashi • 妖し展 2018 Exhibition @ Arts Rush Gallery, Daikanyama


Ayashi • 妖し展

Aug. 29 - Sept. 10, 2018 @ Arts Rush Gallery, Tokyo


The hottest days of summer may have slipped into the past, but the long, humid nights cling still, making sleep hard to come by.  Abandoning an unwelcoming bed, you walk out into the night's clammy embrace.  The lone and mournful miii-miii-miii of an insomniac cicada drifts down from the shadowy trees, begging for attention you dare not give.  Something soft brushes against your face, sticks like cobwebs, crawls across your skin.  Is that a whisper in your ear?  A cheerless lament?  There to the left, see?  A shadow slips and vanishes between deeper shadows.  The dry crack of a branch, the rustling of thirsty leaves.  There's a craving that hangs in the air, a deep and sombre hunger.

You can satisfy your own hunger for new, strange, scary, and surreal art at Arts Rush Gallery in Daikanyama, Tokyo from August 29th until the 10th of September.  

Celebrate and bask in the bewitching creations of 10 artists who have peered deep into the darkest dark and crafted portraits of the void that gazed back.  

Ah, and I have some brand new (as in:  finished yesterday) works in the show.

= Participating Artists • 参加作家 =

上木原健二Kamikihara Kenji(絵画)
須藤忠隆Tadataka Sudo(陶芸)
蒼山日菜Aoyama Hina(切り絵)
パトリックギャノン• Patrick Gannon(切り絵)

Ayashi • 妖し展 2018 Exhibition

dates: Wed. August 29 - Mon. September 10, 2018

times: Wed・Thurs・Fri・Sat   AM11:00~PM7:00   
Sun・Mon・Holidays    AM11:00~PM6:00  
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
directionsmap (Japanese)

日付: 2018年8月29日 (水) ~ 9月10日 (月)

時間: 水・木・金・土 AM11:00~PM7:00    
月・日・祭日   AM11:00~PM6:00  

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

Gallery Show: 「現代アート展」Contemporary Art Exhibition @ Kahogekijyo, Fukuoka


There's nothing quite like the creak of old wooden buildings, especially public buildings like theaters or, in this case, playhouses.

I love reading the history of these buildings and temples here in Japan.  They all have similar backstories which are uniquely entertaining.  Take for example, the Kahogekijyo theater in Iizuka, Fukuoka.

  • 1921 Built as a 3-story playhouse named "The Nakaza Theater"
  • 1928 Burned down
  • 1929 Rebuilt
  • 1930 Knocked over by a Typhoon
  • 1931 Rebuilt and renamed
  • etc.

We can only hope that the building does not fall over, burn down, sink into a swamp, or get carried away by a horde of dying monkey between November 19th and 30th, where 14 artists, including myself, will be exhibiting a dizzying variety of contemporary art.  Paper cuts, sculpture, installations, pastel, dye techniques, and much more will be on show (and for sale).  

I plan on being there one or two times (I'll post more when I know the schedule).  I couldn't be more thrilled to be exhibiting with this calibre of talent.  Plus, I'm excited to catch up with Hina Aoyama (青山日菜), whose impossibly detailed paper cutting always amazes.

現代アート展2016 • Contemporary Art Exhibition 2016

dates: Sat. Nov 19, 2016 - Wed. 30, 2016

times: 9:00-17:00

entry fee:  ¥300 • elementary school students ¥100

place: Kahogekijyo, Fukuoka-ken, Iizuka-shi, Iizuka 5-23

tel: 0948-22-0266
venue: website • English
directions: map

日付: 2016年11月19日(土)〜 30日(水)
時間: 午前9:00時~午後17時
入場料 ¥300 • 小学生 ¥100
住所: 嘉穂劇場 • 〒820-0041 福岡県飯塚市飯塚5番23号
電話: 0948-22-0266
ギャラリー: ホームページ



Gallery Show: 『 花鳥風月』Exhibition @ Arts Rush, Daikanyama


Tokyo was a concrete labyrinth.  One of the reasons we moved to Fukuoka was to be closer to organic, growing things.  Now, a five minute walk will find me in Odo park, strolling alongside the ocean.  Or making my way through a somewhat creepy pine forest.   My ultimate goal is to be on a hike from the moment I stumble out the door.  Until then, I'm thankful for the fairly easy access to the natural world that Fukuoka provides.

That natural world, it's wonders and beauties, and the epiphanies it visits upon us puny mortals are the concerns of KachoFugetsu.  花鳥風月 (Kachofugetsu) is a  yoji-jukugo (四字熟語), a collection of four Chinese/Japanese kanji characters that make up a sort of minimalist idiom, saying, or poem.  花鳥風月 are, literally and in order:  Flower, Bird, Wind, and Moon.  Together, these four icons of the natural world can be found in an uncountable number of Japanese paintings, calligraphy, poems, pottery, and more.

This month, 10 artists, including myself, will try their hand at reinterpreting these symbols and the motions they evoke.  Come see where nature leads us at Arts Rush Gallery in Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan. 

= Participating Artists • 参加作家 =

パトリックギャノン(切り絵)•  Patrick Gannon
牧瀬 茜(絵画・造形)• Akane Makise
原 政人(造形)
ささきりえ(金属造形)•  Sasaki Rie (metalwork)
ヒナゲシヒイロ(装飾作家/配色家)•  Hinageshi Hirou (fabric / clothing)
ポオ エ ヤヨ(細密水彩画・アクセサリー)

『 花鳥風月』 • Kachofugetsu Exhibition

dates: Wed. March 30, 2016 - Mon. April 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: map (Japanese)

日付: 2016年3月30日(水)〜 2016年4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