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Artist Spotlight: HARIMOGURA

HARIMOGURA is an artist name of two artists Jin and Aya.

Together, they create fully hand crafted planters. They design, modeling and hand paint each planter, like a sculpture. Aya and Jin make different works. Jin is specialized in making industrial or house like shaped planters. Aya is specializing in animals.

This is very first time for them to bring their works to New York City and so that you can actually see their planters at our gallery this winter. You can also purchase their work at AG Gallery while the works are on view.

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Handcrafted Planters by Harimogura at AG Show Window SpaceHARIMOGURA Art planter

 Jin & Aya
 ABOUT
 "HARIMOGURA is our artist name, and it means Echidna in English.
 Our small small planters are handmade. They are made of resin.
 Since it is so small, you can put it on the windowsill or desk.
 Even though it's so small, there is an enough presence.
 Each planter is a mixed art of the artistic object and little plants, that will produce a nice space.
 We have been working at a modeling company, and we have been always creating big things there. 
One day, we began to make stuffs by ourselves after work. It is a small modeling that can be placed anywhere.
 Also, we love nature.
 Art planter of the HARIMOGURA was created on the idea combining two different materials, resin and little plant.
 We created our unique style a long time ago under the name HARIMOGURA.
We love echidna as a peaceful animal. That’s why we want to spread our own style to the world."-Jin & Aya

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UP COMING: Satoko Shinke “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke  “Girls Talk”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition
“Under the Same Sky”

UP COMING EXHIBITION:

Satoko Shinke : Under the Same Sky

Original Dolls Exhibition On View: August 21 – August 27, 2015

AG Gallery | 310 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: 12PM – 8PM  (Mon-Fri), 11AM – 8PM (Sat-Sun)

Satoko Shinke is a female Japanese contemporary doll maker who also runs the doll art studio “Okotas” in Japan. Since she started her doll making career in 1988, she has been exhibiting her work in various solo and group exhibitions Japan and in European countries. Earlier this year 2015, she had successful exhibitions in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Münster, Germany. “Under the Same Sky” is her first solo exhibition in the USA featuring her original handmade dolls, as she calls them her “littlest friends”.

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Kyo-Fuu”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Fuan-Dakedo”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Sora-e”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Wreath”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Wreath”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Irasshai-mase”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Irasshai mase”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke  “Kanashimi-no-Hohoemi”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Kanashimi-no-Hohoemi”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

Satoko Shinke Okotas Original Doll Exhibition

Satoko Shinke “Girls Talk”
Okotas Original Dolls Exhibition “Under the Same Sky”

“Why do I make dolls? Why dolls?
For children, a doll is one of toys. For adults, however, a doll could be something adorable and a source of comfort. The handmade dolls are my language to express my inner self that I have always wanted to express, but I could not in words.
Sometimes the final work comes out quite different from the original idea, but they are always the honest expression of my feelings. By creating a doll, I learn about myself a little more than before, and that can be frightening but also it is exhilarating.
When I am making dolls, I feel relaxed and completely lose track of time. The process of making a doll, or to give a shape to something that is not there yet, could be painful, but when it finally finished, it makes me calm and feel peaceful.
The dolls are like the small versions of myself, only more straightforward to my heart. If you were moved or felt something by those dolls, it is my great pleasure,”-S. Shinke

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-MET YOU- Up Coming Exhibition by Chen Dongfan

Painting on Paper by Chen Dongfan

But Also Her Personal Expression, The Helpless Outpouring of One Life
Painting on Paper by Chen Dongfan

Coming soon to AG Gallery: Met You, a solo show by Chinese artist Chen Dongfan. His will be on display from April 10th, lasting until April 26th.

MET YOU

Solo Exhibition April 10 – April 26, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, April 10, 6 – 8 pm
(Artist will be present at the reception.)

ABOUT ARTIST

A graduate of the China Academy of Art, Chen Dongfan works primarily in painting but has also employed installation and video, along with other formats. Chen takes colour itself to reflect adroitly on issues of form and as a means of finding balance amid disorder. In the artist’s opinion, the work exists organically as a means via which both to explore and to describe things themselves indeterminate. Here the artist’s relationship to the work is not one merely of expression, but rather to engage himself more as a medium, the work and to scrutinize one another and working together in mutual refinement.

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”ANTI-GLASSWORKS 2014″ TAKAO SAKATA NEW INSTALLATION on view 8/22~29

Takao Sakata, who has been keep having annual installation at AG Gallery for over 3 years, has a long career as glass-work artist live and work in Shiga, Japan. He would like to introduce, not only audience also other glass-work artists in 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”.

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This is his fourth year of appearance in annual summer installation at AG Gallery. He also preys repose of victims’ souls of the Tohoku Earthquake on March 11, 2011 in the works, “KUKAI NO HOTORI (On the bank of suffering)”.

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Artist Statement

“When we look at the glass-work art in nowadays, I can only see weak, cheap, and flatter works. They are called “the modern glass art” or “the world glass art” and seen as if they are the real art. Glass artisans without strong belief or knowledge and the lack of outstanding glass-work art critics abstract making progress of the art. The substantial of art is to express nature, society and human being through clear senses and techniques. It means the attribute of glass material doesn’t produce any arts. Marcel Duchamp signed that people in this century had been completely blind to the art. It is also the severe criticism to “the modern glass-work art.”

Artists accused a falsehood of an era with their insanity that is inherent in themselves, which is a reason why many Western artists have been respected. Those artists risked their lives through their representations. Social value of artists does not change at any time; artists are useless all the time.

Young artists should think carefully. Artists are the ones who decide to gaze live and death; memento mori, in all creations universally. You must not rely on what critics think about your works. In solitude, you have to let time pass. You should not let representations calm and rip off this century. “

—Takao Sakata

 

Takao Sakata
Live and work in Shiga, Japan
Graduated from Tokyo Glass Art Institute

The annual gallery installation “Anti-Glassworks 2014” is on view from August 22 through August 28, 2014. AG Gallery opens everyday from 12pm to 8pm during the show period.

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SES week 2 “The Moon & the Sun” Kanae Ito Solo Show & Live Music Performance

 

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The theme of this exhibition is a story of “The Moon & The Sun”.

The moon and the sun releases its own kind of light.

Based on the picture book Kanae Ito had written in her twenties,

a singer-songwriter, Akiko Segawa provided the music that plays along with the story.

Having been inspired by Akiko’s music, Kanae has further developed the story on a

piece of cloth.

“The Moon & the Sun” is the work that grew and matured over the decade.

Small live performances by Akiko Segawa will be held at the gallery.
Furthermore, we are pleased to invite a special guest, Hiroya Tsukamoto,
an active guitarist who is based in NY, to perform his guitar on Sunday, 21st of July.

Please enjoy Kanae Ito’s original world of Sewing Drawing with Music, and some fresh breeze from Japan.

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Date & Time: Friday, July 19 – Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00pm ~ 8:00pm

(Except for; the 19th opens at 14:00 ~ , 25th closes at 18:00)

Special live performance:

With Akiko Segawa (Afternoons of July 19,20,23, and 24)

With Akiko Segawa & Hiroya Tsukamoto (Evening of July 21)

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Find out more about Kanae Ito’s biography and works, visit her facebook page.

Kanae Ito Works (https://www.facebook.com/KanaeItoWorks)

Artist Statement

~Sewing Drawing with Music~

Every intriguing thing that is born to this world stands on well contemplated concepts and aspirations. When we find these, its significance grows even more.

Yet, none of us spends our day paying close attention to these qualities.
What comes straight into our heart is simply the power that doesn’t require any words.

Music inspires me.

Songs, dances, and the sound of instruments…. The energy arising from the bottom of their bodies enfold me with tenderness, strength, and sometimes even sadness.

Let me be with music.
Let me create what echoes like music.

Kanae Ito

Born in 1973
She studied environmental design at Chiba University in Japan.
After graduation, she worked for a furniture company and at an upholstery.
While upholstering furniture and working as a designer’s assistant, Kanae started creating small interior accessories with recycled leather. She then began to create the items on a sewing machine.

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