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Messengers | A Duo Exhibition by Yuzuru Akimoto & You Jung Byun

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“MESSENGERS”
by Yuzuru Akimoto & You Jung Byun

March 17 – April 16, 2017

AG Gallery proudly presents Messengers, a two person exhibition by two brilliant artists: Yuzuru Akimoto and You Jung Byun. Please mark your calendar and save the date to visit AG Gallery’s new exhibition opening, and enjoy the tasteful storytelling evening with artworks and our artists. The title of this exhibition the title “Messengers” suggests two artists who create artworks with stories, and there are also other messengers, that are the characters which appear in their works.

Yuzuru Akimoto is a Japanese painter and a graphic designer based in Chiba, Japan. He was born in 1977 in Guam, and when he turned three years old, he moved with his parents back to his family’s home, to a suburb in Japan. He spent his youth away from the busyness of urban cities. When he was 19 years old, he moved to Tokyo. He was making Computer Graphics which was a sensational innovation at the time. Later when he was around 24 years old, he started to question the computer technology and graphic design industry he had been working for, that had been continuing to improve but seemed to not know a moment of rest, and thus he decided to go to Setsu Mode Art School to seek a different kind of art from computer graphic.

“When I paint, I try to be fully ready before standing in front of a canvas. I take notes of memories, smells, words, and feelings. I imagine those collected materials as a picture. Each picture has a reason or an event for why it was painted. My painting is a condensed image to keep the memory of the event. One of my goals for making such paintings is to paint a memory or an event as beautiful as or even more than the actual event itself. It is my practice to find beauty in anything that happens around me. Even a mysterious or ugly unpleasant event has its unique beauty if we try to find it. In order to discover that in my paintings I try to make them without too much narrative expression.” -Yuzuru Akimoto

You Jung Byun is a Korean artist, award-winning illustrator and author, You Jung Byun was born in Queens, New York. Byun grew up in America, Korea and Japan, and after getting her BFA from Hongik University in Korea she returned to New York. She received her Master’s degree of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work is recognized for the detailed lines and soft nostalgic colors, imaginative landscapes (such as background images and patterns), and characters and portraits. Today, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York; enjoying many chocolate nger biscuits and tea, and watching pigeons ghting over stale bagels. Her work has been recognized by various magazines, awards and competitions, including The New York Times, Nobrow, Pick Me Up London 2013, Communication Arts Magazine, Creative Quarterly, Ai-Ap, Society of Illustrators, Society of Illustration LA, & SCBWI (with winning both Grand Prize in Portfolio Award, and Tomie DePaola Award at a same time on 2010).

“I am interested in the mystery around us — like truth, lost memories, lost feelings, or secrets. When I draw I feel like I am reaching out to the air and try to grab the edge of something I miss. I think it’s based on my experience of moving around a lot as a child and have felt the ideal world is always behind me.”-You Jung Byun

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Roses on a Winter Day by Sascha Mallon

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Roses on a Winter Day

by Sascha Mallon

February 26, 2017 – March 12, 2017 
Opening reception: Sunday, February 26, 6-8pm

AG Gallery proudly presents Roses on a Winter Day, a solo exhibition by artist Sascha Mallon. Please join us at the opening reception of this sensual exhibition on Sunday February 26, and meet the artist. 

About Exhibition
Roses in this exhibition are a metaphor for the ambivalence of love. Sascha challenges expressing her personal feelings, emotions, and memories about and around love using her narrative drawings and writings which together she calls “visual poems”. In her work, roses appears not as symbol or metaphor of subjective beauty, but as if it is a very sensitive and personal part of herself. Love happens and grows inside and out outside our mind and this show is about the importance of the both side of love. How much can an individual lover put out and share her personal love out of her comfort? How much can we understand and how will we receive, analyze, or simply feel them from her work? Those might be some of her and our challenges, questions, and joys in this exhibition.

~Message From The Artist About Roses on a Winter Day~
Roses represent the mixture between beauty and also the pain that comes with too much attachment to people. It is attachment, not true love, when there is pain.
Winter represents the absence of love. The beauty of roses reminds me of the beauty of the heart. Flowers are vulnerable and the roses usually sleep in the winter. Coldness represents the busy life where people don’t have time for each other, or it can be the absence of love for other reasons. The roses sleep until there is spring again. Love comes in cycles. As love is one of the central things, I like to think about roses on a winter day seems to be the perfect title. I think in live all is about love, or what we think love is. It is about the love we feel, the love we think we don’t get, or the love we are not able to give. I think everything is about love, because when we truly love we are happy and kind to each other and then the roses even bloom in the winter.

About Artist
Sascha Mallon is a Brooklyn based visual artist who also works as a hospital artist-in-residence at a cancer center doing art with the patients.

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Artist Interview | Philippa Rice

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This week we are pleased to showcase the multimedia, multi-talented Philippa Rice. Coming to us all the way from the Bristol, United Kingdom, Philippa is presenting her illustrations, clay sculptures, crocheted soft sculptures, and a collaborative illustrated zine  “The Strange Hearts Club” (which is specially made for this exhibition!) with artist Cat Rabbit. In addition to the works shown, Philippa is also an animator and author of the published comic Soppy.

Philippa often uses simple and familiar materials for her art like Sculpey for the clay sculptures or by crocheting sculptures out of yarn. She creates all of her work from her home studio, which we can only imagine is extremely adorable. Please come by AG Gallery to see Philippa Rice’s work, on display through October 4th, 2016.

~Below is our interview with Phillipa Rice, next interview will be with Cat Rabbit.~

Q 1 – Please tell us a little bit about your background…

I studied animation at university, and after that I started making comics in my spare time. I eventually managed to make comics into my full-time job, after self publishing some books of my online comics. Since then I have also worked with publishers and also take on freelance work at times.

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Q 2 -What was the first work of art that you saw or experienced that you still remember today?

When I was little I loved all the animations on TV made with models. I used to love watching repeats of the Bagpuss and The Clangers.

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Q3 -Who were your earliest influencers of famous artists or creators?

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin who made Bagpuss!

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Q4 -Please tell us about your work… -What do you make?

I started making a webcomic called My Cardboard Life in 2008. I used collage materials like paper and cardboard to make the panels and characters. I also draw a lot of comics, including my autobio comic Soppy. I really enjoy all kinds of crafts especially crochet and model making. I have made a lot of characters and use them to make animations for my youtube channel Soft Spot.

 

Q5 -What generally inspires or influences you to create your work?

I’m inspired by lots of different things, but particularly by real life events and moments that I write down in my diary and then later illustrate it or turn it into something else.

I also love anything cute or silly and if I can include things like that in my stories or characters then I’m happy.

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Q6 -What is the main challenge for you when creating your work?

I often try to work on too many things at once and it’s difficult to say focused and get anything finished, especially when real life gets in the way too.

 

Q7 -What are you currently working on? 

I’ve almost finished a new book which is a sort of sequel to Soppy, but instead of being about me, it’s a guided journal so that people can fill it in with their own stories.

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Q8 -What is your dream or goal as an artist in 3 years? 5 years? 

If I name a specific dream I’m sure it won’t come true! I hope that in 5 years time I’ll still be making as many comics and animations as I am now!

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Lastly, Do you have any message to visitors for this exhibition?

I hope you enjoy our show. Say hi to all the characters from me!

I have made several crochet characters, a few different types of animals. There are also sculpey models which I’ve painted and varnished. There are prints and also original collages made from different papers, with paint details. And the animations to watch too! Hopefully all the different things will give you a good idea of the different mediums I like to work in.

 

 

 

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Wind In Eyes | Hiromi Machida

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WIND IN EYES | Hiromi Machida

Exhibition On View: June 1 – June 30, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday June 4th  6-8PM

 

ABOUT EXHIBITION

Wind In Eyes is a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Hiromi Machida. Machida has been exhibiting her works in galleries in Tokyo, Japan, but this is the first exhibition she is holding in USA. This exhibition features her 54 original drawings and paintings of girls, which is the main subject in her work.

Most of her works are the portrait of girls, and they are drawn as if in fusion with the distinct Modigliani’s female portraits and with features of female characters in Japanese Modern and also Showa-period animation. Rather than femininity or sexuality, which are popular discussions in today’s art scene, her subjects of those portraits are social matters and problems. Using innocent looking girls as a symbol, she talks about social situations and problems, such as air pollution, which are surrounding her at the present moment. If we look closely at the eyes in these portraits, we will notice the world that has been projected into their eyes. Her unusual style of painting and line drawing with modified shapes of girls are what we believe to be one of the latest in contemporary art.

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STRANGES LOOPS TONDOS by Marcus Pierce

Up Coming Exhibition

STRANGES LOOPS TONDOS by Marcus Pierce

Exhibition On View: May 3 – May 14 (~6pm), 2016

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About Artist

Marcus Pierce is a New York based artist Marcus Pierce has worked more than fifteen years creating both public and studio figurative art. He has been awarded grants from the Boise Department of Arts and History, Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Insight the Exhibition

In this exhibition we focus on the latest painting series by Marcus Pierce. He has been working on paradoxical paintings on circular canvas. His paintings’ paradoxical subjects and the canvas shapes make a unique balance or composition that we are not used to seeing in other artists paintings. In the exhibition, each painting is connected by the artist to another painting. His work may somewhat remind of you of the Belgian Surrealist artist, Rene Magritte.

“….. One of several reasons […why I am using the circular shape], is that despite these paintings being simple in appearance, I am using a conceptual structure that is paradoxical or that embodies circular seeming reasoning. The paintings are in relation to what cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter refers to as a Strange Loop, a recursive form that violates hierarchy, where as one perceives oneself as getting further and further from their starting point, he/she unexpectedly arrives at their starting point. […]” -Marcus Pierce

 

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