Up Coming Exhibition: Naoko Saito “ORANGE STREET”

Naoko Saito

NAOKO SAITO: “ORANGE STREET”
Exhibition on View: August 28 – September 3, 2015

Naoko Saito is a contemporary Japanese artist living and working in Hayama, Kanagawa Japan. She received BA in Metal Casting at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2003, and in 2005 she received MA from the same university.

In this exhibition, the gallery presents her recent collection of drawings, hand made jewelries, and Installation of “HARUO” sculptures. “HARUO” is her original and imaginary baby character who appears in various her works, sometimes in drawings, sometimes in jewelries.

To learn more about the artist, visit her official website here.

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UP COMING: Satoko Shinke “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke  “Girls Talk”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition
“Under the Same Sky”

UP COMING EXHIBITION:

Satoko Shinke : Under the Same Sky

Original Dolls Exhibition On View: August 21 – August 27, 2015

AG Gallery | 310 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: 12PM – 8PM  (Mon-Fri), 11AM – 8PM (Sat-Sun)

Satoko Shinke is a female Japanese contemporary doll maker who also runs the doll art studio “Okotas” in Japan. Since she started her doll making career in 1988, she has been exhibiting her work in various solo and group exhibitions Japan and in European countries. Earlier this year 2015, she had successful exhibitions in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Münster, Germany. “Under the Same Sky” is her first solo exhibition in the USA featuring her original handmade dolls, as she calls them her “littlest friends”.

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Kyo-Fuu”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Fuan-Dakedo”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Sora-e”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Wreath”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Wreath”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Irasshai-mase”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Irasshai mase”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke  “Kanashimi-no-Hohoemi”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Kanashimi-no-Hohoemi”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Girls Talk”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

“Why do I make dolls? Why dolls?
For children, a doll is one of toys. For adults, however, a doll could be something adorable and a source of comfort. The handmade dolls are my language to express my inner self that I have always wanted to express, but I could not in words.
Sometimes the final work comes out quite different from the original idea, but they are always the honest expression of my feelings. By creating a doll, I learn about myself a little more than before, and that can be frightening but also it is exhilarating.
When I am making dolls, I feel relaxed and completely lose track of time. The process of making a doll, or to give a shape to something that is not there yet, could be painful, but when it finally finished, it makes me calm and feel peaceful.
The dolls are like the small versions of myself, only more straightforward to my heart. If you were moved or felt something by those dolls, it is my great pleasure,”-S. Shinke

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ANTI-GLASSWORKS 2015 by Takao Sakata

This is an exhibition by A Glass Sculotor, Takao Sakata.

EXHIBITION ON VIEW : August 10 – August 20, 2015

Takao Sakata is a glass sculptor with a long career presenting his works as glass-work artist in Shiga, Japan. He introduces to not only audience but also to other glass-work artists in the world, the new era of glass-work art which must be created from a strong passion to breakthrough the conventionality of current “glass art”. This is the 5th solo-exhibition of Sakata at AG Gallery. FullSizeRender-14DSC02900 DSC02898 DSC02871  FullSizeRender-14 FullSizeRender-13DSC02902DSC02898

“The theme for this year’s anti-glassworks is “Re-Weave The USA”. The aim of the creation is to verify and support the culture and history of America. My intention is to regain the US of vitality by weaving the history of USA once again from the starting point to this current day. I used the Stars and Stripes as a motif for presenting this message.” -T. Sakata

Statement

“When we look at the glass-work art in nowadays, I can only see weak, cheap, and flatter works. They are called “the modern glass art” or “the world glass art” and seen as if they are the real art. Glass artisans without strong belief or knowledge and the lack of outstanding glass-work art critics abstract making progress of the art. The substantial of art is to express nature, society and human being through clear senses and techniques. It means the attribute of glass material doesn’t produce any arts. Marcel Duchamp signed that people in this century had been completely blind to the art. It is also the severe criticism to “the modern glass-work art.”

Artists accused a falsehood of an era with their insanity that is inherent in themselves, which is a reason why many Western artists have been respected. Those artists risked their lives through their representations. Social value of artists does not change at any time; artists are useless all the time.

Young artists should think carefully. Artists are the ones who decide to gaze live and death; memento mori, in all creations universally. You must not rely on what critics think about your works. In solitude, you have to let time pass. You should not let representations calm and rip off this century. “

—Takao Sakata

Takao Sakata
Live and work in Shiga, Japan
Graduated from Tokyo Glass Art Institute

The annual gallery installation “Anti-Glassworks 2015” is on view from August 10 through August 20, 2015. The gallery is open everyday, from 12pm to 8pm.

To View more images visit here.

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TONIGHT’s OPENING RECEPTION

Recombinant  -Two Person Exhibition by Ken Brown and Saiki Otsuka-

Tonight Wednesday, July 15,  6 – 8 PM 

Make sure to come and meet the two artists!

$170.00   SPRING TIME

RECOMBINANT by Ken Brown and Saiki Otsuka -Two Person Exhibition-

RECOMBINANT
July 10 – July 26, 2015

EXHIBITION RECEPTION:
Wednesday, July 15, 2015  |  6PM – 8PM

In this exhibition, AG Gallery focus on two contemporary artists, Ken Brown from United States and Saiki Otsuka from Japan who shares a similar passion in creating their works by “recombinant” the world.

KEN BROWN, Photography on Paper, 14 x 11

KEN BROWN, Photography on Paper, 14 x 11

“RECOMBO and other digital Mischief” from KEN BROWN (born March 12, 1944, Ohio), an American filmmaker, photographer, cartoonist, and designer, who has been a street photographer documenting mostly NYC almost for 40 years.

“As a street photographer, I always look for that magic intersection of subject and serendipity. I also wear the hat of an archivist, and, in that role I am always documenting the ephemeral culture of the city (street art, hand-painted signs, storefronts and architecture). Recently, these have come together in a series of experiments I call ‘recombos”, where I take backgrounds and foreground characters from separate times and locations and create new images. Perhaps this reflects a background in graphics, cartoons, and animation. They seem almost possible, but then again…” – K. Brown

Saiki Otsuka 21x 18

Saiki Otsuka
21x 18″, Oil on Canvas

“SAMPLING” from SAIKI OTSUKA (born 1987, Saitama), a contemporary artist from Japan mainly working on oil painting. Sampling is a term of a method used in DJ-ing or the hip-hop world to compose music which he applies in his painting.
In the act of painting figure portraits, I sample a facial part from several people and combine them together. The combined face is sometimes distorted badly, but sometimes well organized.I usually sample facial parts from two to four celebrities or prominent figures.Those people are broadly varied from politicians to movie stars.“- S. Otsuka

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