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Rica TASAKA | Embroidered NY

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Rica TASAKA

Embroidered NY

On View: August 18, 2017 ~ August 24, 2017

AG Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition with artist Rica TASAKA “Embroidered NY”, openng on August 18, 2017.

Rica TASAKA is a Japanese artist who explores washi as an art medium like oil paints and clay. Tasaka’s works are made completely with only embroider and Washi-paper collage. Tasaka collects images from around the world. Based on snapshots pictures she shot in cities she visited she creates her washi-art. Tasaka explores everyday subjects in her work that make us rediscover joys and happiness that lives in small parts of our daily life in a specific location of the world.

In this exhibition Tasaka created NYC landscape series using pictures and sketches of her visit to NYC last year as inspirations. We suggest gallery visitors to get extra closer to artworks this time, and see the details. They look like illustrations at a first sight but actually collaged paper and stitchings that make those “snapshot-like” pictures.

Exhibition is on view through August 24th, 2017. Please visit the gallery and enjoy how NYC was like to a visiting artist, you may discover something similar or different from what you know.

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Statement and Message from Artist

 I was born and raised in the bustling, food-centered city of Osaka, Japan in 1974.
 I spent my childhood creating unique works of art using everyday items I found around the house. Later in life, I entered the Life Design Department at the Kyoto Saga University of Arts.
 While at the university, I designed furniture and various other household goods. After graduating in 1995, I worked at a company as an interior designer.
 During that time I started working on my own art and in the process found traditional Japanese washi paper which totally changed my work. Washi paper has special textures that I can’t express using just paint. The texture and the hand-torn edges of the paper absorb and dissipate the ink in a way that makes each piece unique. I also embroider directly on the washi paper to give my work a three-dimensional texture and a visual rhythm as a single piece of art based on everyday life.
 I resigned from my company in 2000 and became a freelance illustrator. I did illustrations in various media, as I actively worked on creating solo exhibitions. In 2015, I held my first public exhibition at the Karuizawa New Art Museum in Nagano. Then I had my first exhibit in Brooklyn, New York.

 Coming to New York in 2017, greatly expanded my experience and style. The overwhelming energy of the city exhibited in its food, people, and lively culture caused me to explore a sense of movement and irregularity in my art. This has added power in addition to the sense of healing which was present in my previous work.

 I hope that whoever sees my art feels like they have made a small discovery in their lives and it causes them to smile. That’s what keeps me going as an artist.

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Up Coming Exhibition: BOOKWORM by Molly Egan

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BOOKWORM

Molly Egan Solo Exhibition

May 6, 2017 ~ May 31, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6  6-8PM

We are proud to announce our new exhibition “BOOKWORM”, book art by Molly Egan opening on Saturday, May 6th.

Molly Egan is a Philadelphia based painter and illustrator who is known for her pop and colorful drawings and paintings on book pages. Flatness in art is now extremely trendy and somewhat still futuristic expression form in the contemporary art scene, but with the similar flatness, Egan’s work has rather 70s and 80s feeling to it.

Egan’s use of bright colors and large, fun shapes might be what first catches your eye about her work, but it’s her attention to detail and uniqueness of character that really makes them pop. She works in, and even sometimes mixes between, many different mediums, from paint and print, to collage and even pottery and sculpture. Many of the works in Egan’s portfolio are pages from her sketchbook; painted entirely from one corner to the other. However, the sketchbooks Egan uses are not always the accustomed plain paper sketchbooks, but actual regular book-books–with the words still printed on them–as well, which adds an extra texture and collage effect to these pieces. How rare! Egan’s works are an absolute delight. A fruity, tchotchke laden world that we would love to be a part of.

While it is difficult to display an entire collection of her work as they are on book pages, it is our challenge on printing pages out as various sized fine giclee prints, and display so our visitors can see the multiple pieces at one sight. The prints are displayed along with the original book which you can flip through.

Please join at the opening reception and meet her bookworms this coming Saturday, May 6th.

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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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Miotsukushi | AYA KAKEDA

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Miotsukushi

Exhibition On View: October 8 – November 4, 2016
Opening Reception: October 8  6-8PM

 Coming soon to AG Gallery,  we are pleased to announce “Miotsukushi”, a solo exhibition by Aya Kakeda.
MIOTSUKUSHI
Pronounced as “Mi-O-Tsu-Ku-Shi” in Japanese, it means signs indicating the route for ferries and ships.
When a harbor is opened in an area, such as the mouth of a river, there are shallow areas because of the deposition of sediment. This presents a high risk of becoming stranded and for many sailing in those locations is not possible.  Mio-tsukushi are signs which  navigate boats to routes (areas called “Mio”) where water depth is deeper for the boats to sail safely. “Mio-tsukushi” signs are installed side-by-side at the boundary between the place “Mio” and the shallow areas. In this way, they show the route.
“Miotsukushi are ancient Japanese signs which are built in the river or sea near the land. They are built in dangerous areas and direct ships to sail safely and avoid grounding.
For this exhibition I created creatures that lives in between the safe and dangerous world that lays beneath the Miotsukushi. This is the first exhibition in NY for which I focused mostly on sculptures.” – Aya Kakeda
ABOUT ARTIST
Aya Kakeda was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.  Now she draws and creates imaginative worlds in Brooklyn, NY. She has produced art for books, products, magazines, posters, and store installations from clients all over the world.
Her work was presented by NIKE, Delta, Disney Hyperion Books, KidRobot, The New York Times, The New Yorker Magazine, Runners World, Nickelodeon, Noggin TV, Plan Sponsors Magazine, Men’s Journal, Roger la Borde, Macy’s, and HongKong Mega Mall.
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