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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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Current Installation by Takao SAKATA

Now showing at AG Gallery: an installation by Japanese glass-sculptor artist Takao Sakata. This exhibition makes his 7th exhibition at AG Gallery. Sakata considers himself a unique glass work artist in Japan. For his exhibitions at AG Gallery, he has been challenging the norms that other glass-sculptors follow to sell their glass art, or to be accepted as good glass-sculptors. This year as well he presents his work with a strong passion to breakthrough the conventionality of current “glass art”, as well as challenge the audience with a theme that non-american people may avoid speaking up about, or that people in America might be offended by if an outsider were to speak up about it.

Please make sure to visit AG Gallery to be a part of the audience for his installation. The “Love and Tears of Donald Trump” by Takao Sakata is on view until August 17th.

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

If you have any inquires about artworks, artists, and our gallery space,
please feel free to contact us at: natsumi@aboutglamour.net

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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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AG Gallery Internship Position

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AG Gallery is now offering internship opportunities. Please read the description below for the detail.

Position Type 
3 Month Internship (Unpaid)

Description
AG Gallery specializes in pop-art and contemporary fine art from local and international artists, and the gallery is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 2003. The gallery is seeking an intern to work on a part-time basis (1-2 days per week) to provide general administrative support to the gallery director. Additionally it is mandatory to be present on gallery exhibition opening night to support the smooth operation.

Responsibilities include and are not limited to: Scanning and general archive work, cataloging, data entry, research, record keeping; distributing flyers; helping designing of flyer and other advertising materials; writing blog posts; assisting with the various tasks associated with mounting exhibitions and displaying art pieces; greeting and conversing with gallery visitors.

This internship will provide an excellent opportunity to work in a commercial art gallery, with a variety of responsibilities. The ideal candidate must take initiative and be able to multitask. Past gallery experience is not required, however, some experience in taking digital photography and decent knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe (Photoshop and Illustrator) is expected. Ability to be able to work on site is required.

Attributes 
• Interest in international contemporary art
• Interest in Japanese contemporary culture and art
• Meticulous and strong attention to detail
• Proactive, friendly, flexible, engaged demeanor
• Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, multi-task, and prioritize assigned tasks

To apply, please send a resume to info@aboutglamour.net
No phone call please.

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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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