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Trump of Trump 2016 | Takao Sakata

AG Gallery is pleased to announce that Takao Sakata’s Anti-Glass Works Annual One Week Solo Installation Exhibition successfully had its opening day today. This year’s exhibition theme is Trump of Trump which he express his interest in USA Presidential Election as non US residence, and as a citizen of the world. This is one week summer special exhibition, please make sure to visit the gallery during the exhibition.

Exhibition On View: August 26 – September 1, 2016

For the exhibition details and to learn about the artist, please CLICK HERE and read the previous post.

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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

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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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UP COMING: Satoko Shinke “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke  “Girls Talk”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition
“Under the Same Sky”

UP COMING EXHIBITION:

Satoko Shinke : Under the Same Sky

Original Dolls Exhibition On View: August 21 – August 27, 2015

AG Gallery | 310 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: 12PM – 8PM  (Mon-Fri), 11AM – 8PM (Sat-Sun)

Satoko Shinke is a female Japanese contemporary doll maker who also runs the doll art studio “Okotas” in Japan. Since she started her doll making career in 1988, she has been exhibiting her work in various solo and group exhibitions Japan and in European countries. Earlier this year 2015, she had successful exhibitions in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Münster, Germany. “Under the Same Sky” is her first solo exhibition in the USA featuring her original handmade dolls, as she calls them her “littlest friends”.

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Kyo-Fuu”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Fuan-Dakedo”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Sora-e”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Wreath”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Wreath”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Irasshai-mase”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Irasshai mase”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke  “Kanashimi-no-Hohoemi”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Kanashimi-no-Hohoemi”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Girls Talk”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

“Why do I make dolls? Why dolls?
For children, a doll is one of toys. For adults, however, a doll could be something adorable and a source of comfort. The handmade dolls are my language to express my inner self that I have always wanted to express, but I could not in words.
Sometimes the final work comes out quite different from the original idea, but they are always the honest expression of my feelings. By creating a doll, I learn about myself a little more than before, and that can be frightening but also it is exhilarating.
When I am making dolls, I feel relaxed and completely lose track of time. The process of making a doll, or to give a shape to something that is not there yet, could be painful, but when it finally finished, it makes me calm and feel peaceful.
The dolls are like the small versions of myself, only more straightforward to my heart. If you were moved or felt something by those dolls, it is my great pleasure,”-S. Shinke

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ANTI-GLASSWORKS 2015 by Takao Sakata

This is an exhibition by A Glass Sculotor, Takao Sakata.

EXHIBITION ON VIEW : August 10 – August 20, 2015

Takao Sakata is a glass sculptor with a long career presenting his works as glass-work artist in Shiga, Japan. He introduces to not only audience but also to other glass-work artists in 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 at AG Gallery. FullSizeRender-14DSC02900 DSC02898 DSC02871  FullSizeRender-14 FullSizeRender-13DSC02902DSC02898

“The theme for this year’s anti-glassworks is “Re-Weave The USA”. The aim of the creation is to verify and support the culture and history of America. My intention is to regain the US of vitality by weaving the history of USA once again from the starting point to this current day. I used the Stars and Stripes as a motif for presenting this message.” -T. Sakata

Statement

“When we look at the glass-work art in nowadays, I can only see weak, cheap, and flatter works. They are called “the modern glass art” or “the world glass art” and seen as if they are the real art. Glass artisans without strong belief or knowledge and the lack of outstanding glass-work art critics abstract making progress of the art. The substantial of art is to express nature, society and human being through clear senses and techniques. It means the attribute of glass material doesn’t produce any arts. Marcel Duchamp signed that people in this century had been completely blind to the art. It is also the severe criticism to “the modern glass-work art.”

Artists accused a falsehood of an era with their insanity that is inherent in themselves, which is a reason why many Western artists have been respected. Those artists risked their lives through their representations. Social value of artists does not change at any time; artists are useless all the time.

Young artists should think carefully. Artists are the ones who decide to gaze live and death; memento mori, in all creations universally. You must not rely on what critics think about your works. In solitude, you have to let time pass. You should not let representations calm and rip off this century. “

—Takao Sakata

Takao Sakata
Live and work in Shiga, Japan
Graduated from Tokyo Glass Art Institute

The annual gallery installation “Anti-Glassworks 2015” is on view from August 10 through August 20, 2015. The gallery is open everyday, from 12pm to 8pm.

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