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Messengers | A Duo Exhibition by Yuzuru Akimoto & You Jung Byun

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“MESSENGERS”
by Yuzuru Akimoto & You Jung Byun

March 17 – April 16, 2017

AG Gallery proudly presents Messengers, a two person exhibition by two brilliant artists: Yuzuru Akimoto and You Jung Byun. Please mark your calendar and save the date to visit AG Gallery’s new exhibition opening, and enjoy the tasteful storytelling evening with artworks and our artists. The title of this exhibition the title “Messengers” suggests two artists who create artworks with stories, and there are also other messengers, that are the characters which appear in their works.

Yuzuru Akimoto is a Japanese painter and a graphic designer based in Chiba, Japan. He was born in 1977 in Guam, and when he turned three years old, he moved with his parents back to his family’s home, to a suburb in Japan. He spent his youth away from the busyness of urban cities. When he was 19 years old, he moved to Tokyo. He was making Computer Graphics which was a sensational innovation at the time. Later when he was around 24 years old, he started to question the computer technology and graphic design industry he had been working for, that had been continuing to improve but seemed to not know a moment of rest, and thus he decided to go to Setsu Mode Art School to seek a different kind of art from computer graphic.

“When I paint, I try to be fully ready before standing in front of a canvas. I take notes of memories, smells, words, and feelings. I imagine those collected materials as a picture. Each picture has a reason or an event for why it was painted. My painting is a condensed image to keep the memory of the event. One of my goals for making such paintings is to paint a memory or an event as beautiful as or even more than the actual event itself. It is my practice to find beauty in anything that happens around me. Even a mysterious or ugly unpleasant event has its unique beauty if we try to find it. In order to discover that in my paintings I try to make them without too much narrative expression.” -Yuzuru Akimoto

You Jung Byun is a Korean artist, award-winning illustrator and author, You Jung Byun was born in Queens, New York. Byun grew up in America, Korea and Japan, and after getting her BFA from Hongik University in Korea she returned to New York. She received her Master’s degree of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work is recognized for the detailed lines and soft nostalgic colors, imaginative landscapes (such as background images and patterns), and characters and portraits. Today, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York; enjoying many chocolate nger biscuits and tea, and watching pigeons ghting over stale bagels. Her work has been recognized by various magazines, awards and competitions, including The New York Times, Nobrow, Pick Me Up London 2013, Communication Arts Magazine, Creative Quarterly, Ai-Ap, Society of Illustrators, Society of Illustration LA, & SCBWI (with winning both Grand Prize in Portfolio Award, and Tomie DePaola Award at a same time on 2010).

“I am interested in the mystery around us — like truth, lost memories, lost feelings, or secrets. When I draw I feel like I am reaching out to the air and try to grab the edge of something I miss. I think it’s based on my experience of moving around a lot as a child and have felt the ideal world is always behind me.”-You Jung Byun

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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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Pick Up: Homare, Sam and more

AG Gallery proudly presents recently joined artists from Japan, HOMARE with his collection of works titled “Phenomenon of Love”, and SAM with her picture book of a curios hedgehog.

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 HOMARE (b. 1989, Japan) Live and Work in Aichi, Japan.

He has been participating exhibitions at many region in Japan since 2005. This is his very first appearance outside of Japan.

“We are full and perfect from before birth. We know everything. Everything is one and united. The world is filled with happiness and love.” – HOMARE

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 SAM (b.1985, Japan) Live and Work in Kyoto, Japan.

CoLoR” is her first picture book published in October 2013. It’s a story about a hedgehog which curious about colors other people have but he doesn’t. It tells us there are tons of different answers for a single question and various ways to live.

Picture book “CoLoR” available for purchase at AG Gallery limited time only.

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One of the most favorite ceramic pottery artists at our space, Hanako Sakashita who live and work in Mashiko, Japan, just sent us her latest works. Only limited number of works available.

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AG Gallery continuously add more works and new artists. Come in and check them out at our space.

We open 7 days a week, Noon to 8ish

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SUMMER EXHIBITION SERIES 2012: WEEK 4

“Indoor Still Life”

Shigeharu Ozaki Solo Exhibition

On view from September 1 through 7, 2012

Sigeharu Ozaki, the artist of WEEK 4 exhibition “Indoor Still Life”, has a long career as a painter currently live and work in Tokyo. He is well known as his “KAKIE” which is a drawing technique to put design directly on fabrics of clothing by brushes with dye compounds and pigments. On this exhibition, we’ll show you his latest oil painting work series.

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Shigeharu Ozaki

born in Japan in 1941

After graduating from the Department of Painting, Musashino Art University, went to Paris.
Following the return to Japan, lived in Kyoto for 10 years.
Currently lives and works in Shinagawa, Tokyo.

Exhibitions
Held many exhibitions in Tokyo, Paris, Hamburg, and New York.
Awards
The Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition
Exposition “France-Japon” Salon Comparaisons
Books
“Memorandum of KAKIE”
“Historical Overview of KAKIE”
“Kyoto-Indépendants: An overview of all the exhibitions (2+31)”

The annual gallery event “SUMMER EXHIBITION SERIES 2012” is on view now through September 7. AG Gallery opens everyday from 12pm to 8pm during the show period.

Contact/Appointment:

Chiharu Aizawa
AG Gallery/About Glamour
chiharu {at} aboutglamour {dot} net
718.599.3044

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