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Interview with Artist: AGNES BODOR

 

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Interview with Artist: AGNES BODOR

Hello Agnes, Thank you so much for joining the Interview with Artist” series for our gallery blog. We are excited to have a chance to introduce you as an artist more deeply to our gallery visitors and collectors through this interview. I would love to ask you 7 questions about you and your art. Let’s start the first interview for 2019, shall we?

1.Please tell us a little bit about your background.
I am from Hungary. I learned painting in an art specialized high school in Budapest, but after that I went to an university and became a biologist and I received my PhD in neurobiology. Currently I am working at the Allen Institute for Brain Science as a neuroanatomist and using mostly an electron microscope for my work. On weekends and for my free time, I try to paint as much as possible.

2.Please describe your practice with a few words.
My favorite media are watercolor and ink. I like modern art when it is connected to real things, but I don’t have any preference in subject for what I paint, I like portrait, landscapes, still life, cats, basically anything. My method of painting is to allow the media to act by their nature, under my control. I like experimenting with new paints and papers and the ways I am working with them.

3.Who were your earliest influencers of famous artists or creators?
My drawing teacher in my highschool definitely had the biggest influence on me, his name was Zoltan Kiss.
Beside him, I have so many favorite artists that I only can list the tiny fraction of: many modern Chinese artists like Wu Guanzhong, Liu Kuo-Sung and Qi Baishi, the best portrait painter ever Lucian Freud, the great watercolorists John Singer Sargent, John Marin and the Hungarian Endre Penovac. As a mind of a painter, I feel Picasso very close to me. Overall, I like when artists capture the essence of their object.

4. Do you think your childhood inspires your artwork?
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
I do not get the inspiration from my childhood, or from inside. Rather it comes from outside, from the things I see, like the movement of cats, the light on their fur, a landscape, or face of a person. 
Because of that, I only can work, or at least the ideal way is to see the object of my inspiration during painting, in the case of cats at least a photo, since they are not tend to be a good sitter.

5.What generally inspire or influence you to create your work?
The visible world that I observe with my eyes; the light, the colors, the movements, the beauty of things, but I try to simplify them and concentrate the essence in my work.

6.What does your art mean to you?
Making is the best time in a day for me. I can forget about everything when I am creating work. The finished works are constantly occupying my thoughts because I putting them on my wall and looking them a lot and I am attached to them. I think it is the time when I am half consciously learning from my finished works, and in my mind I am starting to prepare for the next adventure.

7. Do you have any message to visitors for this exhibition?
Please Enjoy!

Thank you for reading the interview. The work of Agnes Bodor is on view until Thursday March 14, 2019. We look forward to have you at AG Gallery.

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ART IN BOXES 2018 : Holiday Group Show

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“ART IN BOXES 2018” -HOLIDAY GROUP EXHIBITION-

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.

ARTISTS
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.

Contact: natsumi@aboutglamour.net

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Half-Human|Natsumi Goldfish

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“HALF HUMAN”

November 3, 2018 ~ November 25, 2018

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

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Picking Flowers by Natsumi Goldfish, Oil on Canvas, 2017

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.

ABOUT ARTIST
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

 

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Extended: Sweet Paradise by Amit Greenberg

 

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SWEET PARADISE on View until Sunday, August 5th, 2018.

We are happy to announce that our current exhibition Sweet Paradise is extended until the Sunday, August 5th. Please visit the gallery is you haven’t done so. In this exhibition we feature 7 original acrylic silkscreen on wood boards, along with the limited edition silkscreen prints (signed edition of 50) of three works from the show.

This weekend, the gallery is open to public from 12:00 pm to 8 pm as usual. Gallery admission is free.

 

 

 

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Sweet Paradise | Amit Greenberg

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SWEET PARADISE by Amit Greemberg

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 30, 6-8PM
Artist will be present at the opening reception.

AG Gallery is pleased to announce solo exhibition “SWEET PARADISE” by Amit Greenberg opening on Saturday June 30. Greenberg, known as This is Amit on social media, is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary visual artist and designer, born and raised in Haifa, Israel. Greenberg graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2018. For past years, Greenberg has worked on projects with companies and organizations including Colette, Ikea, Saatchi Art, and Whitney Museum. Greenberg is one of the most sensitive and influential artists in pop-art and design that we would love to keep eyes on. This exhibition is specially curated by AG Gallery so we can experience his creations in a personal, much closer distance. This is an opportunity that we invite you to look into his  personal recent creations. Please join us at opening reception and meet the artist on June 30, 2018.

Artist Statement

With evolving techniques and static themes, my process is an active exploration of spirituality, sexuality, mortality, fear and joy; woven together through art and design. I strive to create a playful world; the viewer is encouraged to indulge and get lost in multi-dimensional work. The deeper the inspection, the greater the reward.

 

Selected Clients and Exhibition
Band of Outsiders  / IKEA / Colette, Paris / W hotel, Paris / W hotel, Washington DC / Birkenstock / Conde Nast / Band of Outsiders / Saatchi Art / The Hollywood Roosevelt / Louis Vuitton / Diptyque / Fendi / Thierry Mugler / Chanel / T-mobile / Thi- erry Lasry, Paris / Ace Hotel, Palm Spring / Château Zoobeetle, Hong Kong / Le Ballon, Paris / Art Basel, Miami / The Society of Illustrators, New York / Whitney Museum / IMC Lab+Gallery, New York / ARTWALK New York / Vienna Art Fair / Phillips de Pury ,New York / Sotheby’s, New York / PYT, New York / Marlborough Gallery ,New York / Damon Dash Gallery, New York / SFMOMA / Museum of Art and Design, New York

 

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