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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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Wind In Eyes | Hiromi Machida

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WIND IN EYES | Hiromi Machida

Exhibition On View: June 1 – June 30, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday June 4th  6-8PM

 

ABOUT EXHIBITION

Wind In Eyes is a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Hiromi Machida. Machida has been exhibiting her works in galleries in Tokyo, Japan, but this is the first exhibition she is holding in USA. This exhibition features her 54 original drawings and paintings of girls, which is the main subject in her work.

Most of her works are the portrait of girls, and they are drawn as if in fusion with the distinct Modigliani’s female portraits and with features of female characters in Japanese Modern and also Showa-period animation. Rather than femininity or sexuality, which are popular discussions in today’s art scene, her subjects of those portraits are social matters and problems. Using innocent looking girls as a symbol, she talks about social situations and problems, such as air pollution, which are surrounding her at the present moment. If we look closely at the eyes in these portraits, we will notice the world that has been projected into their eyes. Her unusual style of painting and line drawing with modified shapes of girls are what we believe to be one of the latest in contemporary art.

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Things Are Actually Not Falling Apart by Sirikul Pattachote

 

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Things Are Actually Not Falling Apart          Solo Exhibition by Sirikul Pattachote

Exhibition On View: May 16 – May 29, 2016                                                                          Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 17 | 6-8PM

In this exhibition we focus on finding peaceful unity within the laws of living a life through artist Sirikul Pattachote’s original watercolor paintings and drawings. Sirikul’s sensitive and delicately painted works are presented quietly, but the images of fresh living flowers and dying flowers in her works leave an intense visual impression.Through her still-life paintings of flowers that she picked for one of her closest lost family members and with her imagination, you will experience the meditative message, “things are actually not falling apart”.

Sirikul Pattachote is a Thailand-born New York artist who earned her BFA from Silipakorn University of Art and Design (Bangkok). Her artwork is inspired by nature, where she draws upon memories and the experiences of her surroundings in everyday life. The ephemeral quality of life and matter is a central theme in her work. Through her paintings, she attempts to record and preserve certain memories and impressions that highlight the potential good that lies in everyone and everything. Sirikul has exhibited extensively in Southeast Asia and New York.

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STRANGES LOOPS TONDOS by Marcus Pierce

Up Coming Exhibition

STRANGES LOOPS TONDOS by Marcus Pierce

Exhibition On View: May 3 – May 14 (~6pm), 2016

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About Artist

Marcus Pierce is a New York based artist Marcus Pierce has worked more than fifteen years creating both public and studio figurative art. He has been awarded grants from the Boise Department of Arts and History, Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Insight the Exhibition

In this exhibition we focus on the latest painting series by Marcus Pierce. He has been working on paradoxical paintings on circular canvas. His paintings’ paradoxical subjects and the canvas shapes make a unique balance or composition that we are not used to seeing in other artists paintings. In the exhibition, each painting is connected by the artist to another painting. His work may somewhat remind of you of the Belgian Surrealist artist, Rene Magritte.

“….. One of several reasons […why I am using the circular shape], is that despite these paintings being simple in appearance, I am using a conceptual structure that is paradoxical or that embodies circular seeming reasoning. The paintings are in relation to what cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter refers to as a Strange Loop, a recursive form that violates hierarchy, where as one perceives oneself as getting further and further from their starting point, he/she unexpectedly arrives at their starting point. […]” -Marcus Pierce

 

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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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