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Art In Boxes 2016 -Annual Holiday Art Gift Show-

ART IN BOXES  2016

On View: December 1, 2016 ~ February 1, 2017

AG Gallery is proud to announce the coming back of its annual holiday art exhibition “Art In Boxes 2016”. Please visit AG Gallery and find a perfect original artwork for a gift to someone special. This is the only exhibition AG Gallery presents that you can take the work with you before the exhibition closing day. We wish you all a happy warm holiday.  We look forward to seeing you at the gallery enjoying this one of the largest group exhibitions with many talented exciting artists from AG Gallery.

 

What is ART in BOXES?
“ART in BOXES” is a large group exhibition which shows/sells one of a kind artworks for ideas of the holiday gifts at affordable prices. AG Gallery exhibits about a hundred of art pieces every year by more than 30 artists from all over the world. The curator selected small to large art pieces which would be great for the holiday gifts. Artworks that are included in this show are paintings, sculptures, prints, collages, artist books, ceramics, potteries, greeting cards and postcards, accessory and jewels and many more handmade pieces. This is the great opportunity for that if people are looking for extraordinary holiday gifts this year or would like to give something special to someone special.

 

Participating Artists:  Hiromi Machida, Rica Tasaka, Naoko Saito, Sascha Mallon, Kyoko Imazu, Fumiha Tanaka, Danielle Kroll, Philippa Rice, Cat & Rabbit, Sirikul Pattachote, Michiko Shimada, Frank Parga, Victor-John Villanueva, Hanako Sakashita, Naoko Yoshizawa, Aya Kakeda, Koji Honda, Maria Montiel, Ken Brown, Noriko Tatsumi, Michiko Shimada, Kat Imperial, Ashware, and more…

This group exhibition is specially curated for your holiday gifting ideas by the gallery director Natsumi Kitano.

 

GALERY HOLIDAY HOURS:

General AG Gallery Hours are noon to 8pm

Between 12/19 ~ 12/23, the gallery will open from 11am – 8pm

On 12/24,  the gallery is open from 11am~6pm.

AG Gallery is closed on Christmas day, December 25th.

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Artist Interview | Cat Rabbit

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After the exciting interview with Philippa Rice from our current exhibition “The Strange Hearts Club”, we are even more excited to introduce another interview with Cat Rabbit.

If you missed  our interview with Philippa, you can click HERE and visit the interview. Makes “The Strange Hearts Club” is on view through October 4th, 2016.

~Interview with Cat Rabbit.~

Q1- Please tell us a little bit about your background…

I first started making little plush toys for friends when I was studying at university. My interest in textiles grew from there and I began experimenting with embroidery and 3D felt techniques. I am now a full-time practicing textile artist, based in Melbourne, Australia. I make plush sculptural works of my imagined characters and the worlds they might live in. I also make books for Children and other fantastical artworks with my collaborator and good pal Isobel Knowles under the name Soft Stories.

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Q2 -What was the first work of art that you saw or experienced that you still remember today? 

I grew up in Tasmania, in a very small country town. Every week, my Mum used to take us to the Launceston Museum and I remember just staring for ages at the detailed dioramas of prehistoric animal habitats and dinosaur bones.

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

Richard Scarry and Beatrix Potter have definitely been my longest serving inspirations! I have many old, battered copies of their books from my childhood that I refer back to over and over again. Their ability to create not only beautiful characters, but worlds for their characters to exist in, is something I strive for myself.

 

 

 

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

I make soft sculptures of my imagined characters using needle felt and 3D felting techniques.

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

I like to devise new characters all the time! I get an idea in my head or sketch something out and am not satisfied until I work it up into a 3D character.

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

I like my work to engage a wide audience, so there are elements that appeal to young children and also an older generation. My main objective when creating new work for exhibition is to incite feelings of comfort, joy and nostalgia – when I make a piece that encapsulates all of these elements, I am satisfied with the work!

 

Q7 -What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a series of food related characters: a Croissant pâtissière, a Dango delivery person and a Egg headed egg farmer – I am increasingly fascinated by absurd characters made up of inanimate objects, like food, and I’m enjoying experimenting with new and weird themes.

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

I am addicted to sewing new things, so if I’m still able to do that, then I’ll be happy ^_^

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

Please enjoy these new characters that Philippa and I have made as part of the Strange Hearts Club! Online dating is a new world of crazy possibility that really fascinates me, and I wanted to explore what my characters would look like if they were plunged in to this world!

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-Please tell up what we should check out / should not miss in this exhibition. 

The Koala! I have wanted to make a koala for some time, and it’s one of my favorite new creations (particularly the Rilakkuma phone case).

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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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Valentine’s Exhibition|SPRING FEVER by Ward Yoshimoto

Coming soon… this Saturday,

SPRING FEVER by Ward Yoshimoto

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 30, 6-8PM*
Exhibition On View: January 30 – February 14, 2016

*Make sure to visit AG Gallery this Saturday 6-8PM, and meet the artist at the reception!


WORKS ON VIEW
Ward’s Valentines Project, which is one of his many long-term projects that perhaps, is his most personal. Every year, for well over 20 years, he has been making a Valentine sculpture which is a gift to his wife. In this show we focus on Ward’s Valentine’s, a collection of digital photographic prints of his original artworks that have been given to his wife for the over two decades.
ABOUT ARTIST
Ward Yoshimoto has lived and worked in New York for the past thirty years as a commercial photographer and fine artist. Born and raised in Los Angeles he attended CSU Dominguez Hills in 1980 as a design and studio major, and then in 1985 received his BFA in photography from The Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. In 1999 he received his MFA in sculpture from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn. Since moving to New York in 1985, he has continued to explore issues about art, photography, sculpture, the digital world, and the human condition; these among others are some of his concerns. He has shown both nationally and internationally and is currently preparing for his exhibition at BRIC, “Up For Debate” this winter in Brooklyn, NY.

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Andrea Lauren -Now On View-

Andrea Lauren is a textile designer and print maker who’s charming works are a delight to witness! Using a multitude of traditional media, Lauren’s pieces may be contemporary, but still hold a feeling of old-world sentiment. Though Lauren is originally from England, these works are somewhat reminiscent of Eastern European folk stories and children’s books, both in content and style. Almost as fun as the final products is the process itself of making each print. Among the printmaking methods the artist uses to create her works are silk-screening and linoleum cut stamps.

Though these processes of printmaking allow the artist to make several of a similar image, the method of doing everything by hand from cutting to inking to printing itself means that each print will actually be slightly different. Further more, these prints are only available in limited run, and once they are gone, they’re gone for good!

To see some of these limited edition Andrea Lauren prints (of both silk-screen and linoleam) please visit the AG Gallery.

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