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Flower Offerings | Sirikul Pattachote

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“Protection Flowers”, 2018 Mixed media on 2 canvas, 48” x 36”

Flower Offerings by Sirikul Pattachote

September 1, 2018 ~ September 30, 2018

Opening Reception: September 1, 2018  6-8PM
Music Performance by Singer Songwriter Courtney McKenna at 7Pm

Special Musical Performance “Sanctuary” by Courtney McKenna on September 9th and 23rd. For Reservation for “Sanctuary”Performance on 23rd, Please Click Here for reservation.

AG Gallery is pleased to announce our new exhibition with Sirikul Pattachote, Flower Offerings, opening on Sunday, September 1, 2018. Pattachote is a Thai artist living and working in New York City. In May 2016, Pattachote had her solo exhibition Things Are Actually Not Falling Apart with AG Gallery featuring her flower and female portrait paintings. In the exhibition we focused on finding peaceful unity within the laws of living a life through the artist’s original watercolor paintings and drawings. Flower Offerings is her second solo exhibition at AG Gallery.

Symbolic offerings are common practice made in Buddhism for multiple reasons but mainly the fundamental importance of offering for the offerer is the act and mind of the offering itself, more than the value of object that is offered. Such material offerings typically involve objects such as food, fruits, water or drinks, incense, candles, and flowers. Although it is visible material that is offered, the main focus of such practice is the mental state of and the action of offering, the material is therefore usually something simple and often from the nature. In this exhibition Pattachote and gallery attempt to create the whole experience of the offerings utilizing visual art and sound. It is possible to send out positive energy from one to others; an energy that receivers can convert to an encouragement for anything that they might need.

Pattachote is one of the artists who has been utilizing painting as a part of her meditative practice. From the material she uses, such as paper, to the medium she uses, such as inks and paints that she prepares for her work, to the subject of her works which is cut flowers mostly prepared and offered to the buddha and her beloved people. In this exhibition the artist also focuses on the meanings of the flowers which she selects and paints in her work.

Please join the Flower Offerings and unite the installation as a receiver. You are all you cordially invited to experience the positive energy of unconditional offerings. 

 

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“Courages & Endurance”, 2018
Watercolor,oil and hand sewn papers on canvas, 24” x 36”

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“My destiny is in your hand (Camillia)”, 2018
Watercolor and hand sewn paper on canvas, 24″ x 36″

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Special Guest for Musical Performance: Courtney McKenna

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Artist Interview | Aya Kakeda

AG Gallery is pleased to announce an extension of our current Solo Exhibition “Miotsukushi” by Aya Kakeda. Thank you for all those who attended for the opening reception and already visited the show, Please make sure to visit us if you haven’t already.

Meanwhile below is an exclusive interview with Aya Kakeda, with some images of her original works still available at AG Gallery. Please enjoy!

Exhibition will be on view through November 12, 2016.

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~Interview with artist Aya Kakeda~

Q1-Please tell us a little bit about your background…

I was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. I moved to the United States when I was in my late teens; I lived in Florida, Georgia, and now live and work in Brooklyn, NY. 
My art education is in illustration, but while I was in school I started to be more interested in Fine Art.  Now I split my time being a illustrator, Fine artist, and educator. 

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Q2-What was the first work of art that you saw or experienced that you still remember today?

My grandmother was a Japanese Tea ceremony teacher. And I grew up surrounded by tea ceremony tools, ceramics, seasonal flowers, and seasonal Japanese paintings that decorate around the tea ceremony rooms.
Since they are for tea ceremony, the art or ceramic themselves are not necessary decorative or colorful; actually they were more in earthy tones had WabiSabi feelings to it, but they always had some twist or hidden playfulness to them which interested me.
Also, in every season Kimono maker would come to our house and show my grandmother rolls of fabrics.  I still remember the scene when the rolls of fabrics would fly through the air, filling the room, and for me it looked like a sea of patterns.  I think that image still sticks to my mind and till this day I love looking at patterns. My work also has a lot of patterns in it. 

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

As a child I was very much into monsters, ghosts, animals, and Folk stories.
Kuniyoshi (Ukiyoe Master) has a huge influence on me. I discovered his playful Ukiyoe that depicts animals as human. It’s quite humorous. And his monsters are not always very scary; they are very silly and I loved that about his monster work. 
Also growing up in Japan I was more into non-traditional art like Manga and Animation.
I always liked  Shigeo Mizuki, Osamu Tezuka, and Fujiko Fujio A.
Their world is twisted, dark, and full of monsters, but also humorous.
I think that’s my favorite mixer; dark creature world but humorous. 


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Q4-Please tell us about your work…

I like telling stories and creating my own whimsical world.  When I started out, I started by remembering my imaginary world that I had when I was little.  And now that world has been expanding over the years.  My world is mysterious and dark, sometimes with strange creatures but never serious; there is some sort of humor in it. I like the contrast of reality and imaginary, dark and light, cute and ugly, and that reflects in my art I think. 

Q5-What do you make?

Materials have been changing over the years also depending on the project. It varies from Printmaking, embroidery, painting, installation, now I’m very into making a ceramic sculptures. For this show it’s mostly paintings and ceramic sculptures. 

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Q6-What generally inspires or influences you to create your work?

I get very excited to see craft and fabrics from different parts of the world. For that reason, traveling and getting to know the different culture has been a huge influence on me. Every time I go somewhere I get inspired and can’t wait to go back to studio and create.  Also I get influenced by reading, watching cinema, seeing performance, and so on. 
And having coffee talking to friends also inspires me, I am luckily surrounded by many creative minds!

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Q7-What is the main challenge for you when creating your work?

I try to challenge myself by using new materials and I love the process of making things, but I often end up with “ugly s***” and not one, but many many “ugly s***” and that’s frustrating sometimes to not get the result I want.  But it’s also the part of art making I like as well, experimenting and exploring new things. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q8-What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a Ceramic series that I started this Summer. Part of them are exhibited at AG gallery right now!
I have been trying to combine the beautiful deep colors and textures of the ceramic glaze  and very artificial flat colors. My work usually has believable botanical backgrounds and mythical imaginary creatures, and I would like to push that in the material as well by mixing earth (clay and glaze that are made with minerals from earth) and artificial medium (plastic, resin, and house paint).

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Q9-Is there anything that people might not know about your work (or your medium) that you would like to share?
 
Continuing from the precious question. My new work has a combination of ceramic/glaze and resin/house paint. 
 
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Q10-What is your dream or goal as an artist in 3 years? 5 years?

Ceramic is still a new medium for me and I’m still learning about the medium and also how to show in the space. I would like to figure out how to mix my 2D works and sculpture also to create the whole complete world. So my future plan is to figure that out in the next year or so and make more art!  As a goal I would love to have a bigger body of work for exhibition. 

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Lastly, Do  you have any message to visitors for this exhibition? What we should check out / should not miss in this exhibition?

The past few years have been a transition for me moving from 2D to 3D and also finding a way to incorporate both mediums. So maybe visitors would be able to feel the transition and the new direction and hopefully that’s interesting for them to see. 

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Tonight: Exhibition Opening Reception -MET YOU- by Chen Dongfan

Chen Dongfan X+!=Thinking about the Unthinkable Mixed Media on Canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2014

Chen Dongfan
X+!=Thinking about the Unthinkable
Mixed Media on Canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2014

-Tonight  Exhibition Opening Reception-

Chen Dongfan’s Solo Exhibition 

MET YOU

Exhibition On View: April 10 – April 26, 2015

Opening Reception: *Friday, April 10, 6 – 8 pm

*Artist will be present at the reception on April 10.

Met You, a solo exhibition by Chen Dongfan, is finally revealed at AG Gallery, tomorrow on Friday, April 10th. AG Gallery presents his 21 latest works. While he has successfully achieved acknowledgement in Hangzhou, China, this solo exhibition will be the first time to show his work in the U.S.

Chen Dongfan (born in 1982, Shandong Province, China) is a contemporary artist based in Hangzhou, China and also in NY, U.S. starting early this year 2015. After graduating the China Academy of Art in 2008, he has been presenting his work in several exhibitions mainly in Hangzhou, China, including his last solo exhibition, Only One Day Exhibition, at Inna Art Space, Hangzhou, China. He is known for his abstract acrylic paintings in large-scale; however, he has also been working on installation and video and other mediums. From the initiate stage as an artist, Chen has been cooperating his sense in abstract composition of figurative bright and vivid colors to describe issues and subjects that he encounters as an individual being who lives in a fast-paced society in his work.

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-MET YOU- Up Coming Exhibition by Chen Dongfan

Painting on Paper by Chen Dongfan

But Also Her Personal Expression, The Helpless Outpouring of One Life
Painting on Paper by Chen Dongfan

Coming soon to AG Gallery: Met You, a solo show by Chinese artist Chen Dongfan. His will be on display from April 10th, lasting until April 26th.

MET YOU

Solo Exhibition April 10 – April 26, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, April 10, 6 – 8 pm
(Artist will be present at the reception.)

ABOUT ARTIST

A graduate of the China Academy of Art, Chen Dongfan works primarily in painting but has also employed installation and video, along with other formats. Chen takes colour itself to reflect adroitly on issues of form and as a means of finding balance amid disorder. In the artist’s opinion, the work exists organically as a means via which both to explore and to describe things themselves indeterminate. Here the artist’s relationship to the work is not one merely of expression, but rather to engage himself more as a medium, the work and to scrutinize one another and working together in mutual refinement.

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