AG Gallery is pleased to announce its new exhibition “Reborn” by Brooklyn based hat artist Miki Katagiri. The Exhibition, Reborn, introduces her creations with various topics from different periods of time. Katagiri and the curator worked together to install Katagiri’s topical hats in a random order in the gallery space so that the new meanings and connections appear in the installation. All the visitors are welcomed and given freedom to find their own unique connections between the each topical hats. The exhibition is opening on May 4, 2019 and it will be on view through Sunday, June 2, 2019. Please join us for the opening reception and meet the artist on Saturday, May 4, 6-8PM.
Miki Katagiri lives and works in New York since 1989. Miki Katagiri has over 18 years of designing and making topical hats. The subjects that she creates works about are environment, nature, politics, and the universe. They may seem separate subjects but are all connected in real life and in her work. Her work has been presented in galleries in New York, New Jersey in the United States, and Tokyo in Japan.
After many years of working with a renowned hat designer, Patricia Underwood, Katagiri is now giving workshops in her studio in Williamsburg, and taking custom orders.
Imagine how everything is interconnected,
Take care to be nicer to each other….
Nothing is eternal, everything passes.
Itʼs a person’s choice how to spend life.
“Clean the cup (which is full) and put clear water in the cup.”
Hope refreshes us to restart again,
AG Gallery will host a live jazz music at next Second Friday Gallery Walk Night on May 10, 2019. We will invite the New York based jazz Band of Yoshiki Miura. The event is free and the live performance will be around 6pm to 8pm.
Thank you for everyone who joined us for the last Second Friday Gallery Night. We also thank you very much for all of your support in 2018. We are excited to present new exhibitions at AG Gallery. We wish every one of you a happy new year!
CHANGES IN GALLERY HOURS
AG Gallery and About Glamour Store will close at 6pm on December 31, 2018. We will open on January 1, 2019 at 1PM.
WHAT’S NEW IN 2019
AG Gallery now has an official online store where you can purchase limited edition fine art prints, art zines, and other goods by artists.
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More works will be added in 2019!
AG Gallery is pleased to announce that its 9th annual holiday gift art show, “Art In Boxes 2018” with the theme of “Give the gift of art!” is starting on this Saturday, December 1st, 2018.
ART IN BOXES is an annual group exhibition at AG Gallery which the curator carefully selects various artworks from around the world for holiday gift ideas. This year, the exhibition features 20+ local and international artists. Artworks that are included in this show are culptures, printmaking, paintings, drawings, ceramics, potteries, original greeting cards, jewelries, ornaments and more.
In this show, AG Gallery exhibits about a hundred of art pieces from many local and international artists. AIB18 opens on December 1, 2018 and it’s a bit early for Christmas though, we’ll add more artworks almost every other week from now.
This is the great opportunity for that if people are looking for extraordinary and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts this year or would like to give something special to someone special.
MIGUEL PANG LY / KAZUKI TANAKA / AGNES BODOR / YEN YEN LO / ROBBIE GUERTIN / CHARLES OSAWA / WARD YOSHIMOTO / JESSICA PERRLMAN / KYOKO IMAZU / DANIELLE KROLL / KEN BROWN/ MICHIKO SHIMADA / Lalouve / CATRABBIT / FUMIHA TANAKA / COURTNEY MCKENNA / FRANK PARGA / MARIA MONTIEL / NAOKO SAITO / VICTOR-JOHN VILLANUEVA / HANAKO SAKASHITA / MAMARU…, and More.
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2018 6-8PM
AG Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition “Half Human” by a Japanese contemporary artist Natsumi Goldfish, opening on November 3, 2018.
Half-human figures in Natsumi Goldfish’s works are a metaphor of invisible borderlines between humans and other lives on the earth that separate and connect them from each other. In half-human figures, Natsumi Goldfish depicts human nature that is within individual human beings. Some human-ness in human beings are only seen when we are around nature and other lives, while such human nature might be subtle and minor in today’s our society, they are fundamental that initially defined humans from other lives. Natsumi Goldfish is interested in relationships that humans uniquely create between human beings, with nature, and with other lives. By making half human figures, Natsumi Goldfish tries to observe and rediscover and visualize the fundamental characteristics of human beings, and identify the borderline between humans and non-humans.
“We are always humans as a whole and as individuals. What is human being anyway? Is original human-ness of human being still present? It seems like humans are trying to erase some part of human-ness of individual human beings from our gene, in order to develop an ideal human society or human as a whole. If a human society is formed by the humans, by discarding or neglecting some basic human nature in our gene, we are also going to retrogress the society in the end, aren’t we? We are always half human since the moment when we are born, but perhaps the other half depends on each of us.”-Natsumi Goldfish
Humans are highly social creatures and for centuries we have been making societies from the earliest band societies: hunter-and-gatherer societies, to agricultural societies, to contemporary societies today. Human existence has been sustained by the communal living. Human as a whole has developed and improved with technology, science, and economic systems, that have made our individual life easy and convenient. Individual humans, on the other hand, have not changed so much, nor improved the inner abilities or physical appearances in any drastic way since we have identified ourselves as human. As society developed, the roles and values of humans have changed. Humans have lost the opportunities to utilize such inborn qualities of human beings. What individual humans have been offering like imagination, curiosity, ideas, and craftsmanship seem to be not essential anymore to live. Without one of us, without you or me, the society will function and will improve no problem. The most of roles available in the society is some kind of consumers. Perhaps we should have never take for granted our ability to imagine, or to be human, even if the society that does everything for us. Human’s inner abilities and senses have been less practiced and stagnant. As an evidence, we used to do only things that we know how or used tools that we can make, but today we do everything we do not know. Our lives are convenient with the science and technology that offered by the society, but we do not know how to make them nor the fundamental structure of them. We know how to grow plants from seeds bought at a store but many of us do not know how to harvest seeds from plants. Many of us rely on medications to recover from sickness, but we cannot make nor know the detail ingredients of the white pills prescribed by physicians. Most of us know how to use a smart phone, but we cannot make one from scratch. We can turn on a light but we cannot make a lighting system or a light bulb, moreover the electricity is sold and supplied from other source. Just like humans have been modifying nature and other animals, I feel like humans societies are trying to modify some part of human nature. Something might be fading away from our gene even this moment.
Natsumi Goldfish is a contemporary Japanese artist based in New York City. Goldfish grew up in the fringe of Tokyo, a place of between of all, where nature and urban culture, and many different elements coexisted. The environment inspired and educated her to believe in pluralism, or something close to the idea of being between and both. In 2011 she moved to the United States. In 2013, she received her B. A. in Art from Tyler School of Art. Goldfish primary works with oil painting. Her creation is based on her interest in conscious and unconscious human behaviors seen in the history as well as in her ordinary life.
Official Website: www.natsumigoldfish.com