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Trump of Trump 2016 | Takao Sakata

AG Gallery is pleased to announce that Takao Sakata’s Anti-Glass Works Annual One Week Solo Installation Exhibition successfully had its opening day today. This year’s exhibition theme is Trump of Trump which he express his interest in USA Presidential Election as non US residence, and as a citizen of the world. This is one week summer special exhibition, please make sure to visit the gallery during the exhibition.

Exhibition On View: August 26 – September 1, 2016

For the exhibition details and to learn about the artist, please CLICK HERE and read the previous post.

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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

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Now On View: Wonderground

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Déjeuner avec un chat, Oil on Canvas

Wonderground

July 16 – August 5, 2016

 

AG Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition, “Wonderground”.

The exhibition and its title are inspired by cats in art that are sometimes depicted as wild, sometimes sweet, and sometime very humanlike by different artists. The title is also inspired by our unique underground gallery space.

“…Going down the rabbit hole (the spiral stairs in the middle of a store), you will get lost in a place where cats behave somewhat like human.

Featured artists: Kyoko Imazu, Naoko Saito,  Natsumi K Goldfish, BB&PP INC., and Andrea Lauren. This group exhibition is curated by the gallery director, Natsumi Kitano.

The exhibition is opening on Saturday, July 16, 2016. 

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now on view : Anti-Glasswork 2014 by takao sakata

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This installation is on view through August 29th, 2014. Open everyday: Noon – 8ish

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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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Summer greeting from AG Gallery

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How’s your summer going? We keep opening our gallery space on this whole summer! Some special exhibitions are coming up late August though, we keep having new works from our current artists which is perfect for summer souvenir, new room decor for fall, and gift for any occasion.

Keep you updated about up coming shows and new arrivals soon. You can also get our recent activities on  Instagram and Twitter account, both @aboutglamourinc.

Have a fabulous summer days, folks!

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