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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

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Takao SAKATA | Love and Tears of Donald Trump

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Takao SAKATA

Love and Tears of Donald Trump

AG Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition “Love and Tears of Donald Trump” by Takao SAKATA. Sakata is a glass sculptor who has been exhibiting at AG Gallery in every summer as a Japanese Artist at the Summer Exhibition Series which weekly we introduce various Japanese artists working in Japan. As an international contemporary art gallery, AG Gallery has been holding this annal weekly exhibition series with our aim to always be the eye opener, discovering and introducing new and interesting art, by accepting different backgrounds, races, ideas, beliefs, personal styles, and other difference artists embrace as well as what artists encounter and try to express in their creation. We look forward to your visiting, and truely hope you will enjoy this year’s Summer Exhibition Series.

A Note from Takao SAKATA

Once an artist said “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” – Leo Tolstoy. I would like to continue fighting as an artist in Japan until the last day of my life, by creating, exhibiting, and presenting my work at AG Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC. The title for this year’s exhibition is “Love and Tears of Donald Trump”.

“There are ways of love and sorrow for each person, and so for Mr. Donald Trump. There is Mr. Trump’s way of loving and sorrow, and it is a chaos that can not be stepped in because there are areas that no one other than God can understand. There is a paradox that the present justice could be evil in the future generations. Today’s evil could become justice in the future generations. It seems to me that a person with such mysterious, undetermined charm is Mr. Trump. Rather than making Mr. Trump only an object of ridicule, I would like to examine the current society called America, and the person named Donald Trump, through the lens of artist. “

 

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“Still-Summer” One Window Exhibition by kyoko Imazu

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Kyoko Imazu One Window Exhibition
June 3, 2017 ~ June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: June 3 (Sat.) 6-8pm

AG Gallery is proud to present “Still-Summer”, a one window exhibition by Kyoko Imazu. Imazu is Japanese artist, printmaker and sculptor, living and working in Australia. She is mostly known for her printmaking and her work has been featured in multiple solo and group exhibitions museums and galleries including Kyoto Museum of Art in Kyoto, Japan, Japan Foundation Gallery win Sydney Australia, Odd One Out in Hong Kong, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, USA, and many more. Imazu has been featured at AG Gallery since 2014, and this is her second solo exhibition at AG Gallery after “World of Kyoko Imazu” in 2015.

“Drawing animals and monsters is one of my earliest and most important memories from my childhood. My drawings include animals like rabbits, cats and birds and also strange creatures, Yokai from Japanese folklore. Growing up in Japan, I was convinced—and very scared—that there were Yokai and other creatures lurking behind me and or hiding in the dark corners of the house. They were as real as dogs and cats.” -Kyoko Imazu

Moving to Australia from Japan as a young adult, Kyoko’s work draws narratives from nostalgic memories of childhood in Japan and features insects, animals and Yokai found throughout Japanese folklore that she read and listened to as a child. Her ceramics bring new life to her two dimensional realm of prints and into reality–the ‘real world’ becomes the playground for her adorable creatures.

“Still-Summer” is AG Gallery’s first one window exhibition, featuring Kyoko Imazu’s latest sculptures and her latest original prints.

This exhibition is inspired with the term “still-life”, the still of the summer night, deep silence and calm; stillness… that brings her imaginative creatures into our realm, quietly awaiting visitors in our gallery.

Photography by Oleksandr Pogorilyi

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Roses on a Winter Day by Sascha Mallon

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Roses on a Winter Day

by Sascha Mallon

February 26, 2017 – March 12, 2017 
Opening reception: Sunday, February 26, 6-8pm

AG Gallery proudly presents Roses on a Winter Day, a solo exhibition by artist Sascha Mallon. Please join us at the opening reception of this sensual exhibition on Sunday February 26, and meet the artist. 

About Exhibition
Roses in this exhibition are a metaphor for the ambivalence of love. Sascha challenges expressing her personal feelings, emotions, and memories about and around love using her narrative drawings and writings which together she calls “visual poems”. In her work, roses appears not as symbol or metaphor of subjective beauty, but as if it is a very sensitive and personal part of herself. Love happens and grows inside and out outside our mind and this show is about the importance of the both side of love. How much can an individual lover put out and share her personal love out of her comfort? How much can we understand and how will we receive, analyze, or simply feel them from her work? Those might be some of her and our challenges, questions, and joys in this exhibition.

~Message From The Artist About Roses on a Winter Day~
Roses represent the mixture between beauty and also the pain that comes with too much attachment to people. It is attachment, not true love, when there is pain.
Winter represents the absence of love. The beauty of roses reminds me of the beauty of the heart. Flowers are vulnerable and the roses usually sleep in the winter. Coldness represents the busy life where people don’t have time for each other, or it can be the absence of love for other reasons. The roses sleep until there is spring again. Love comes in cycles. As love is one of the central things, I like to think about roses on a winter day seems to be the perfect title. I think in live all is about love, or what we think love is. It is about the love we feel, the love we think we don’t get, or the love we are not able to give. I think everything is about love, because when we truly love we are happy and kind to each other and then the roses even bloom in the winter.

About Artist
Sascha Mallon is a Brooklyn based visual artist who also works as a hospital artist-in-residence at a cancer center doing art with the patients.

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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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