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REBORN | MIKI KATAGIRI

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REBORN by MIKI KATAGIRI

May 4, 2019 ~ June 2, 2019                                            Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 6-8PM

AG Gallery is pleased to announce its new exhibition “Reborn” by Brooklyn based hat artist Miki Katagiri. The Exhibition, Reborn, introduces her creations with various topics from different periods of time. Katagiri and the curator worked together to install Katagiri’s topical hats in a random order in the gallery space so that the new meanings and connections appear in the installation. All the visitors are welcomed and given freedom to find their own unique connections between the each topical hats. The exhibition is opening on May 4, 2019 and it will be on view through Sunday, June 2, 2019. Please join us for the opening reception and meet the artist on Saturday, May 4, 6-8PM.

Miki Katagiri lives and works in New York since 1989. Miki Katagiri has over 18 years of designing and making topical hats. The subjects that she creates works about are environment, nature, politics, and the universe. They may seem separate subjects but are all connected in real life and in her work. Her work has been presented in galleries in New York, New Jersey in the United States, and Tokyo in Japan.
After many years of working with a renowned hat designer, Patricia Underwood, Katagiri is now giving workshops in her studio in Williamsburg, and taking custom orders.

Imagine how everything is interconnected,
Take care to be nicer to each other….
Nothing is eternal, everything passes.
Itʼs a person’s choice how to spend life.
“Clean the cup (which is full) and put clear water in the cup.”
Hope refreshes us to restart again,
Reborn

–Miki Katagiri

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AG Gallery will host a live jazz music at next Second Friday Gallery Walk Night on May 10, 2019. We will invite the New York based jazz Band of Yoshiki Miura. The event is free and the live performance will be around 6pm to 8pm.

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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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“Still-Summer” One Window Exhibition by kyoko Imazu

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Kyoko Imazu One Window Exhibition
June 3, 2017 ~ June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: June 3 (Sat.) 6-8pm

AG Gallery is proud to present “Still-Summer”, a one window exhibition by Kyoko Imazu. Imazu is Japanese artist, printmaker and sculptor, living and working in Australia. She is mostly known for her printmaking and her work has been featured in multiple solo and group exhibitions museums and galleries including Kyoto Museum of Art in Kyoto, Japan, Japan Foundation Gallery win Sydney Australia, Odd One Out in Hong Kong, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, USA, and many more. Imazu has been featured at AG Gallery since 2014, and this is her second solo exhibition at AG Gallery after “World of Kyoko Imazu” in 2015.

“Drawing animals and monsters is one of my earliest and most important memories from my childhood. My drawings include animals like rabbits, cats and birds and also strange creatures, Yokai from Japanese folklore. Growing up in Japan, I was convinced—and very scared—that there were Yokai and other creatures lurking behind me and or hiding in the dark corners of the house. They were as real as dogs and cats.” -Kyoko Imazu

Moving to Australia from Japan as a young adult, Kyoko’s work draws narratives from nostalgic memories of childhood in Japan and features insects, animals and Yokai found throughout Japanese folklore that she read and listened to as a child. Her ceramics bring new life to her two dimensional realm of prints and into reality–the ‘real world’ becomes the playground for her adorable creatures.

“Still-Summer” is AG Gallery’s first one window exhibition, featuring Kyoko Imazu’s latest sculptures and her latest original prints.

This exhibition is inspired with the term “still-life”, the still of the summer night, deep silence and calm; stillness… that brings her imaginative creatures into our realm, quietly awaiting visitors in our gallery.

Photography by Oleksandr Pogorilyi

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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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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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