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Artist Interview | Philippa Rice

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This week we are pleased to showcase the multimedia, multi-talented Philippa Rice. Coming to us all the way from the Bristol, United Kingdom, Philippa is presenting her illustrations, clay sculptures, crocheted soft sculptures, and a collaborative illustrated zine  “The Strange Hearts Club” (which is specially made for this exhibition!) with artist Cat Rabbit. In addition to the works shown, Philippa is also an animator and author of the published comic Soppy.

Philippa often uses simple and familiar materials for her art like Sculpey for the clay sculptures or by crocheting sculptures out of yarn. She creates all of her work from her home studio, which we can only imagine is extremely adorable. Please come by AG Gallery to see Philippa Rice’s work, on display through October 4th, 2016.

~Below is our interview with Phillipa Rice, next interview will be with Cat Rabbit.~

Q 1 – Please tell us a little bit about your background…

I studied animation at university, and after that I started making comics in my spare time. I eventually managed to make comics into my full-time job, after self publishing some books of my online comics. Since then I have also worked with publishers and also take on freelance work at times.

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Q 2 -What was the first work of art that you saw or experienced that you still remember today?

When I was little I loved all the animations on TV made with models. I used to love watching repeats of the Bagpuss and The Clangers.

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Q3 -Who were your earliest influencers of famous artists or creators?

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin who made Bagpuss!

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Q4 -Please tell us about your work… -What do you make?

I started making a webcomic called My Cardboard Life in 2008. I used collage materials like paper and cardboard to make the panels and characters. I also draw a lot of comics, including my autobio comic Soppy. I really enjoy all kinds of crafts especially crochet and model making. I have made a lot of characters and use them to make animations for my youtube channel Soft Spot.

 

Q5 -What generally inspires or influences you to create your work?

I’m inspired by lots of different things, but particularly by real life events and moments that I write down in my diary and then later illustrate it or turn it into something else.

I also love anything cute or silly and if I can include things like that in my stories or characters then I’m happy.

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Q6 -What is the main challenge for you when creating your work?

I often try to work on too many things at once and it’s difficult to say focused and get anything finished, especially when real life gets in the way too.

 

Q7 -What are you currently working on? 

I’ve almost finished a new book which is a sort of sequel to Soppy, but instead of being about me, it’s a guided journal so that people can fill it in with their own stories.

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Q8 -What is your dream or goal as an artist in 3 years? 5 years? 

If I name a specific dream I’m sure it won’t come true! I hope that in 5 years time I’ll still be making as many comics and animations as I am now!

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Lastly, Do you have any message to visitors for this exhibition?

I hope you enjoy our show. Say hi to all the characters from me!

I have made several crochet characters, a few different types of animals. There are also sculpey models which I’ve painted and varnished. There are prints and also original collages made from different papers, with paint details. And the animations to watch too! Hopefully all the different things will give you a good idea of the different mediums I like to work in.

 

 

 

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THE STRANGE HEARTS CLUB | Cat Rabbit & Philippa Rice

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THE STRANGE HEARTS CLUB

Cat Rabbit & Philippa Rice

SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 4, 2016

We are pleased to announce our up coming two persons exhibition “The Strange Hearts Club” by artists, Cat Rabbit and Philippa Rice.  It is a dream come true for those who have been in love with their slightly odd, yet adorable living characters, and their imaginary worlds. It is the first time for them to work together for an exhibition, and in the exhibition, you will be welcomed by their individual works as well as their collaboration works, all made especially for this exhibition.

Please make sure to visit AG Gallery, while it is a merging point of imaginary odd yet charming characters.

 

 

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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

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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

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

 

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Now On View: Wonderground

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July 16 – August 5, 2016

 

AG Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition, “Wonderground”.

The exhibition and its title are inspired by cats in art that are sometimes depicted as wild, sometimes sweet, and sometime very humanlike by different artists. The title is also inspired by our unique underground gallery space.

“…Going down the rabbit hole (the spiral stairs in the middle of a store), you will get lost in a place where cats behave somewhat like human.

Featured artists: Kyoko Imazu, Naoko Saito,  Natsumi Goldfish, BB&PP INC., and Andrea Lauren. 

The exhibition is opening on Saturday, July 16, 2016. 

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