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ORANGE IN A CORNER by Haejin Park

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ORANGE IN A CORNER
HAEJIN PARK

September 16 ~ October 15, 2017
Opening Reception: September 16  6-8PM

 

AG Gallery is pleased to announce Haejin Park’s first solo exhibition “ORANGE IN A CORNER”, opening on September 16, 2017. Please be invited for the opening reception on Saturday, September 16, and meet the artist.

Haejin Park is a New York based artist and illustrator. Please be invited for the opening reception and meet the artist on Saturday, September 16 evening. Haejin graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with BFA in Illustration, and since then she has been working as an illustrator based in New York City. Her clients include New York Times, BuzzFeed, PLANSPONSOR, Portland Mercury, edible Manhattan, and more. She has received awards from 3×3, Society of Illustrators, Association of Illustrators. She also enjoys writing zines and making small books. She has been traveling and selling those zines and books at following events ; Rhode Island Expo, Comic Art Chicago, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Museum of Comic Arts.

If you knew even a little bit about her work, that means also you have met unique characters living in her work. Those characters (such as Mushroom Dancer, Toilet Princess, and Worm Players, and more…) are like signs that take you to her original stories and imaginary fairly tales. Her academic background is Illustration, however, larger scale paintings, drawings, and sculptures that she has kept making in her personal time are as powerful as her illustration with vivid colors and cheerful energy, only they are bigger and we can feel her imagination, joy of creation, and freedom. This will be the first opportunity that we can enjoy a collection of Haejin Park’s personal works.

Artist Statement
Two girls live in my room.
One is a five years old, she is quiet and decisive, sitting on a center.
And an older girl in a corner. She is sick and red, always desiring manic feelings.
I work like constantly switching back and forth between them.

I start by creating characters such as Worm Players, Big Headed Boy, Mushroom Dancer, Toilet Princess. After tilting them, I get excited to add a story and fill out the surroundings. With an illustration background, my process is like writing a short story.
I use watercolor as my main medium, as I think it is innocent and honest.
Recently, I started to make them into a fun toy using air dry clay and paper mache.   
Orange In A Corner is my first solo exhibition. It will show my recent personal works, featuring original watercolor paintings, drawings, zines, and sculptures.

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Takao SAKATA | Love and Tears of Donald Trump

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Takao SAKATA

Love and Tears of Donald Trump

AG Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition “Love and Tears of Donald Trump” by Takao SAKATA. Sakata is a glass sculptor who has been exhibiting at AG Gallery in every summer as a Japanese Artist at the Summer Exhibition Series which weekly we introduce various Japanese artists working in Japan. As an international contemporary art gallery, AG Gallery has been holding this annal weekly exhibition series with our aim to always be the eye opener, discovering and introducing new and interesting art, by accepting different backgrounds, races, ideas, beliefs, personal styles, and other difference artists embrace as well as what artists encounter and try to express in their creation. We look forward to your visiting, and truely hope you will enjoy this year’s Summer Exhibition Series.

A Note from Takao SAKATA

Once an artist said “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” – Leo Tolstoy. I would like to continue fighting as an artist in Japan until the last day of my life, by creating, exhibiting, and presenting my work at AG Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC. The title for this year’s exhibition is “Love and Tears of Donald Trump”.

“There are ways of love and sorrow for each person, and so for Mr. Donald Trump. There is Mr. Trump’s way of loving and sorrow, and it is a chaos that can not be stepped in because there are areas that no one other than God can understand. There is a paradox that the present justice could be evil in the future generations. Today’s evil could become justice in the future generations. It seems to me that a person with such mysterious, undetermined charm is Mr. Trump. Rather than making Mr. Trump only an object of ridicule, I would like to examine the current society called America, and the person named Donald Trump, through the lens of artist. “

 

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TRUMP Of TRUMP, Anti-Glassworks 2016 | Takao Sakata

takaosakata2Anti-Glasswork 2016 by Takao Sakata 
August 26, 6pm – September 1, 2016

AG Gallery is pleased to announce the Anti-Glassworks exhibition by glass-sculptor Takao Sakata again this summer. This is one of several in AG Gallery’s annual exhibitions presenting Sakata’s soulful glass-work installations.

Takao Sakata is a glass sculptor with a long career presenting his glass-work in Shiga, Japan. He introduces to not only his audience, but also to other glass-work artists around 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’s work at AG Gallery, and in this year’s Anti-Glassworks Installation the artist visualizes the most trendy topic and concern of the moment, the US Presidential Election, through his point of view.

ABOUT Anti-Glassworks Series
“When we look at glass-work art these days, we only see works that are weak, cheap, and pleasing to the eye. They are called “modern glass art” or “world glass art” and seen as if they are the only real art. Glass artisans without a strong belief and knowledge, and the lack of outstanding glass-work art critics, are making it difficult for abstract glass-work art to progress. The purpose of art is to express nature, society and human being through clear sense and techniques. It means the attribute of glass material doesn’t produce any arts. Marcel Duchamp said that people in his century had been blind completely to art. It is also my severe criticism to contemporary glass-work art.”-Takao Sakata

ABOUT This Year’s Anti-Glassworks Installation
-What is the inspiration for this year’s Anti-Glassworks?

“This year’s Anti-Glassworks are deeply influenced by the United States presidential election. We are probably going to experience a historical moment as we will most likely have the first female president of the United States.
I am sensitive to the social movements of other nations, including the United States,  just like I care for my own country. I see the social movements as a citizen of the world, and with this perspective I create my work as responses to society. The urge naturally came to me to express my interest in and feelings for the US presidential election as the theme of this year’s Anti-Glassworks installation that will be presented at AG Gallery.

In my installation, Mr. Donald Trump is portrayed as a house of cards. He is a charming person, but there are dangerous sides in his policy. The Trump tower is standing on the verge of collapse. The glass objects around it encourage the tower’s self-control. I will leave the rest to your imagination and understanding.

Although I do not have a vote in the election, the result will affect us and the world.
This exhibition is my deep cheering message that I send towards both candidates.” -Takao Sakata

 

TAKAO SAKATA
Lives/works in Shiga, Japan
Graduated From Tokyo Glass Art Institute

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