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Half-Human|Natsumi Goldfish

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“HALF HUMAN”

November 3, 2018 ~ November 25, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2018 6-8PM

AG Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition “Half Human” by a Japanese contemporary artist Natsumi Goldfish, opening on November 3, 2018.

Half-human figures in Natsumi Goldfish’s works are a metaphor of invisible borderlines between humans and other lives on the earth that separate and connect them from each other. In half-human figures, Natsumi Goldfish depicts human nature that is within individual human beings. Some human-ness in human beings are only seen when we are around nature and other lives, while such human nature might be subtle and minor in today’s our society, they are fundamental that initially defined humans from other lives. Natsumi Goldfish is interested in relationships that humans uniquely create between human beings, with nature, and with other lives. By making half human figures, Natsumi Goldfish tries to observe and rediscover and visualize the fundamental characteristics of human beings, and identify the borderline between humans and non-humans.

“We are always humans as a whole and as individuals. What is human being anyway? Is original human-ness of human being still present? It seems like humans are trying to erase some part of human-ness of individual human beings from our gene, in order to develop an ideal human society or human as a whole. If a human society is formed by the humans, by discarding or neglecting some basic human nature in our gene, we are also going to retrogress the society in the end, aren’t we? We are always half human since the moment when we are born, but perhaps the other half depends on each of us.”-Natsumi Goldfish

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Picking Flowers by Natsumi Goldfish, Oil on Canvas, 2017

Humans are highly social creatures and for centuries we have been making societies from the earliest band societies: hunter-and-gatherer societies, to agricultural societies, to contemporary societies today. Human existence has been sustained by the communal living. Human as a whole has developed and improved with technology, science, and economic systems, that have made our individual life easy and convenient. Individual humans, on the other hand, have not changed so much, nor improved the inner abilities or physical appearances in any drastic way since we have identified ourselves as human. As society developed, the roles and values of humans have changed. Humans have lost the opportunities to utilize such inborn qualities of human beings. What individual humans have been offering like imagination, curiosity, ideas, and craftsmanship seem to be not essential anymore to live. Without one of us, without you or me, the society will function and will improve no problem. The most of roles available in the society is some kind of consumers. Perhaps we should have never take for granted our ability to imagine, or to be human, even if the society that does everything for us. Human’s inner abilities and senses have been less practiced and stagnant. As an evidence, we used to do only things that we know how or used tools that we can make, but today we do everything we do not know. Our lives are convenient with the science and technology that offered by the society, but we do not know how to make them nor the fundamental structure of them. We know how to grow plants from seeds bought at a store but many of us do not know how to harvest seeds from plants. Many of us rely on medications to recover from sickness, but we cannot make nor know the detail ingredients of the white pills prescribed by physicians. Most of us know how to use a smart phone, but we cannot make one from scratch. We can turn on a light but we cannot make a lighting system or a light bulb, moreover the electricity is sold and supplied from other source. Just like humans have been modifying nature and other animals, I feel like humans societies are trying to modify some part of human nature. Something might be fading away from our gene even this moment.

ABOUT ARTIST
Natsumi Goldfish is a contemporary Japanese artist based in New York City. Goldfish grew up in the fringe of Tokyo, a place of between of all, where nature and urban culture, and many different elements coexisted. The environment inspired and educated her to believe in pluralism, or something close to the idea of being between and both. In 2011 she moved to the United States. In 2013, she received her B. A. in Art from Tyler School of Art. Goldfish primary works with oil painting. Her creation is based on her interest in conscious and unconscious human behaviors seen in the history as well as in her ordinary life.

Official Website: www.natsumigoldfish.com

 

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Exhibition Extended: Art in boxes 2017-18

AG Gallery is pleased to announce that Art In Boxes 2017, Holiday Group Exhibition is extended until February 18th, 2018.  The group show still have amazing artworks for your gifts ideas for coming Valentines day. Please visit the gallery and enjoy the show.

 

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ART in BOXES 2017

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Art In Boxes 2017

The 9th Annual Holiday Group Exhibition
Opening on November 27, 2017

AG Gallery is pleased to announce that this Art In Boxes 2017 is opening on Monday, November 27th. Art In Boxes (AIB) is our annual holiday group exhibition that features unique artworks from artists of various backgrounds around the world. Every year with AIB, we have been introducing over twenty artists to our Williamsburg locals and tourists. We have been offering various artworks in different artists, sizes, and prices, with a concept of one of a kind artwork for a gift to someone special.  This year makes its 9th exhibition, and we are extremely thankful for all your love and support to keep this exhibition happening for such a long period of time. This year also, we have over twenty-five artists in the exhibition with various artworks for your holiday gifts ideas including but not limited to paintings, drawings, etching prints, silkscreen prints, sculptures, and jewelries. Please be the early bird and find perfect artworks for your beloved partner, family, and friends.

List of Artists

Yen Yen Lo (Australia)/ Agnes Bodor (Washington, D.C.)/ Polly Shindler (NYC)/ Tamako Yoshii (Japan)/ You Jung Byun (NYC)/ Aya Kakeda (NYC)/ Victor-John Villanueva (NYC)/ Kyoko Imazu (Australia)/ Nathalie Goulet (Canada)/ Naoko Saito (Japan)/ Cat Rabbit (Australia)/ Richard Dick Vincent (UK)/ Maria Montiel (Spain)/ APAK (Portland)/ Philippa Rice (UK)/ Rica Tasaka (Japan)/ Mamaru (Japan) / Michiko Shimada (NYC)/ Hanako Sakashita (Japan)/ Naoko Saito (Japan)/ Frank Parga (NYC)/ Ken Brown (NYC)/ SAM (Japan)/ Hiromi Machida (Japan)/ Andrea Lauren (US)

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ORANGE IN A CORNER by Haejin Park

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ORANGE IN A CORNER
HAEJIN PARK

September 16 ~ October 15, 2017
Opening Reception: September 16  6-8PM

 

AG Gallery is pleased to announce Haejin Park’s first solo exhibition “ORANGE IN A CORNER”, opening on September 16, 2017. Please be invited for the opening reception on Saturday, September 16, and meet the artist.

Haejin Park is a New York based artist and illustrator. Please be invited for the opening reception and meet the artist on Saturday, September 16 evening. Haejin graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with BFA in Illustration, and since then she has been working as an illustrator based in New York City. Her clients include New York Times, BuzzFeed, PLANSPONSOR, Portland Mercury, edible Manhattan, and more. She has received awards from 3×3, Society of Illustrators, Association of Illustrators. She also enjoys writing zines and making small books. She has been traveling and selling those zines and books at following events ; Rhode Island Expo, Comic Art Chicago, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Museum of Comic Arts.

If you knew even a little bit about her work, that means also you have met unique characters living in her work. Those characters (such as Mushroom Dancer, Toilet Princess, and Worm Players, and more…) are like signs that take you to her original stories and imaginary fairly tales. Her academic background is Illustration, however, larger scale paintings, drawings, and sculptures that she has kept making in her personal time are as powerful as her illustration with vivid colors and cheerful energy, only they are bigger and we can feel her imagination, joy of creation, and freedom. This will be the first opportunity that we can enjoy a collection of Haejin Park’s personal works.

Artist Statement
Two girls live in my room.
One is a five years old, she is quiet and decisive, sitting on a center.
And an older girl in a corner. She is sick and red, always desiring manic feelings.
I work like constantly switching back and forth between them.

I start by creating characters such as Worm Players, Big Headed Boy, Mushroom Dancer, Toilet Princess. After tilting them, I get excited to add a story and fill out the surroundings. With an illustration background, my process is like writing a short story.
I use watercolor as my main medium, as I think it is innocent and honest.
Recently, I started to make them into a fun toy using air dry clay and paper mache.   
Orange In A Corner is my first solo exhibition. It will show my recent personal works, featuring original watercolor paintings, drawings, zines, and sculptures.

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Current Installation by Takao SAKATA

Now showing at AG Gallery: an installation by Japanese glass-sculptor artist Takao Sakata. This exhibition makes his 7th exhibition at AG Gallery. Sakata considers himself a unique glass work artist in Japan. For his exhibitions at AG Gallery, he has been challenging the norms that other glass-sculptors follow to sell their glass art, or to be accepted as good glass-sculptors. This year as well he presents his work with a strong passion to breakthrough the conventionality of current “glass art”, as well as challenge the audience with a theme that non-american people may avoid speaking up about, or that people in America might be offended by if an outsider were to speak up about it.

Please make sure to visit AG Gallery to be a part of the audience for his installation. The “Love and Tears of Donald Trump” by Takao Sakata is on view until August 17th.

TAKAO SAKATA
Lives/works in Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Graduated From Tokyo Glass Art Institute

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

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