Wednesday, March 14, 2018

"Unexpected Realities: Comics, Culture and Society in Contemporary Art" installation views at Figureworks, Brooklyn

"Unexpected Realities: Comics, Culture and Society in Contemporary Art"

 Figureworks, Brooklyn, NYC
March 2 - April 15, 2018


Peter Kernz, Ai Kijima, Susan Newmark, Mark Newport, Aaron Noble, Donald Perlis, K. Saito

curation and text by Bruce Weber







Figureworks is located at 168 North 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, one block from the Bedford Avenue “L” train. The gallery is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 PM and is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and 20th century fine art of the human form.

For more information please call 718-486-7021 or visit us online at www.figureworks.com

Monday, February 26, 2018

"Unexpected Realities: Comics, Culture and Society in Contemporary Art" at Figureworks, Brooklyn

I am thrilled to have been included by curator Bruce Weber in the exhibition "Unexpected Realities: Comics, Culture and Society in Contemporary Art" at Figureworks, Brooklyn, NYC, March 2 - April 15, 2018. Two small works will be in the exhibition.



 
Stronger Faster
23 1/2 x 19 1/2"


Honey
20x15 1/2"



"Unexpected Realities: Comics, Culture and Society in Contemporary Art" with artists Peter Kernz, Ai Kijima, Susan Newmark, Mark Newport, Aaron Noble, Donald Perlis, K. Saito

curation and text by Bruce Weber

March 2 - April 15, 2018
Opening reception March 2, 6-9pm


Figureworks is pleased to present Unexpected Realities: Comics, Culture and Society in Contemporary Art. Curated by Bruce Weber, this exhibition features the work of seven artists who engage in fascinating ways with the iconography of comic book superheroes and touch on our fixation and embrace of pop culture.

Brooklyn-based artist K. Saito is devoted to drawing, but also creates mobiles, animated short films and videos. His superheroes are simply rendered with a minimum of detail and with a sense of gleeful spontaneity that tickles the underbelly of the crowded and dramatic action-based world of the comic book superhero.

Ai Kijima initially learned the crafts of sewing, knitting and crocheting from her grandmother in Kyoto. She joins together the images she discovers on bedsheets, pillowcases, clothes and related materials at thrift stores and secondhand markets. These quilted fabric pieces are filled with a dizzying array of images drawn from pop culture, many of which feature superheroes derived from comic books.

Michigan-based Mark Newport has long identified with the genre of comic book superheroes and drawn on this imagery to create knitted costumes, prints and videos which portray him performing in his garb. A skilled knitter, he fashions outfits for superhero characters that hang on coat hangers where they sag, with a mix of comedy and poignancy, under their own weight.

Susan Newmark’s mixed media works integrate collage, paint, photo imagery, found objects and fragments from popular culture to explore narratives and storytelling, place, memory, nature, and the human body. A pair of works in this exhibition are appropriated from Japanese comics, and her Wonder Woman piece is from a new series exploring different ethnicities.

Peter Kernz’s character-based drawings were inspired by viewing the film “JFK” and reading “High Treason: The Assassination of JFK and the Case for Conspiracy” by Harrison Edward Livingstone. In his drawings, Kernz explores the dark atmosphere of the case. He states, “For 7 years I gathered my material in literature and each night I took my weapons of choice: gouache, India Ink, a range of drawing pencils, and a projector.”

Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Noble creates large scale site-specific wall paintings along with related drawings, prints and works on canvas. The superhero comics of the 1960s and 1970s were his aesthetic training ground, and through them he became dramatically engaged in exaggerating and abstracting the human form.

Don Perlis’ paintings of Times Square are filled with a variety of colorful and disturbing characters who act in perverse and violent ways. Many of them are garbed in the costumes of comic book superheroes, who, ironically, uphold the stereotypical image of New York as a sinister and menacing place.

Curator Bruce Weber is also a poet and historian of American art. He has been a curator at various museums, most recently serving as Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Museum of the City of New York. He has published extensively on the subject of American art.

Figureworks is located at 168 North 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, one block from the Bedford Avenue “L” train. The gallery is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 PM and is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and 20th century fine art of the human form.

For more information please call 718-486-7021 or visit us online at www.figureworks.com

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Box Project @The George Washington University Museum The Textile Museum





Through January 29, 2018

Collector and former Textile Museum trustee Lloyd Cotsen challenged thirty-six leading fiber artists worldwide to create a three-dimensional work to fit inside a standard box. The Box Project showcases the dynamic results. Organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research with the Racine Art Museum.



Participating Artists

Masae Bamba • James Bassler • Mary Bero • Zane Berzina • N. Dash • Virginia Davis • Carson Fox • Shigeki Fukumoto • John Garrett • Ana Lisa Hedstrom • Helena Hernmarck • Agneta Hobin • Pat Hodson • Kiyomi Iwata • Gere Kavanaugh • Ai Kijima • Hideaki Kizaki • Lewis Knauss • Nancy Koenigsberg • Gerhardt Knodel • Naomi Kobayashi • Gy├Ângy Laky • Paola Moreno • Jun Mitsuhashi • Kyoko Nitta • Hisako Sekijima • Barbara Murak • Cynthia Schira • Heidrun Schimmel • Carol Shinn • Sherri Smith • Hadi Tabatabai • Koji Takaki • Aune Taamal • Richard Tuttle • Peter Weber


https://museum.gwu.edu/boxproject


The George Washington University Museum
The Textile Museum

701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-5200
museuminfo@gwu.edu

Monday, July 24, 2017

Jewelry sale in London

Get Ai Kijima's latest jewelry collection from September on at SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP LTD pop ups and private sales in London, United Kingdom.

SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP LIMITED




Image courtesy of SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP

Sunday, July 23, 2017

About "Protect"

Protect, 2016
Hand applique, bead embroidery, sequin embroidery


As with all my work the process involves a number of steps. The first and most important of which is collecting the materials. Almost all my materials are second hand. For the work "Protect" many of the materials are original and handmade. And even the ones that are machine made are specific to a small region, namely Turkey / Central Asia. These are not pop culture images, they are more intimate private images that a single person put their thought and their soul into creating. I have then collected them and reimagined them into yet another handmade work. So it is a process of passing down ones own desires, expressions and realizations of what it is to work with hand made textile tradition.  

Protect, detail

Protect, detail

Protect, detail

Protect, detail


One of the major things I was thinking about while making "PROTECT" was that in almost, if not all cultures, women play a major role in creating textiles. That is certainly true in Turkey and Central Asia. These textiles, when made by hand, are a symbol of the self expression and the self realization of the woman who made the work. At the same time that self expression serves a very practical purpose, if they are making rugs, wall hangings, dresses, tablecloths, etc. it is something that helps in the greater good of the family. It protects. Yet at the same time it is creative, it is a release, a form of private dialogue that helps them to express things that perhaps they can not with words. The work "PROTECT" is meant to create a voice for women who have found their personal expression in textiles. However silent or loud that voice is simply depends on how you look at the work. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Little Hagia Sophia Flooding

Just down the hill from the famous Hagia Sophia, there is beautiful Little Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church that currently functions as a mosque. 




In the courtyard of Little Hagia Sophia, several artisans who are pursuing their passions for Turkish traditional crafts such as Iznik tile, Block print, Mother of pearl inlay, Jewelry, Glass art…etc have their own small workshops where visitors can buy their handmade products directly from them. 













They are my friends and they got serious flood damage in their workshops after the record heavy rainfall in Istanbul 4 days ago… 





If you happen to be in Istanbul please visit and buy their original handmade products to support them and keep the traditions alive. 

K Art Studio (Iznik Tile)  https://www.instagram.com/k.a.ist
Tahsin Istengel (Block Print) https://www.instagram.com/tahsinmeister_studio_

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Textile jewelry sale at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London

Come and try my textile jewelry collection this week in London!!!


Designer Summer Season Finale - 12.-13.06.2017 
in Chelsea Old Town Hall.

With many other famous Italian designer brands like: 
Pinko, Just Cavalli, Versace, Patrizia Pepe, Liu Jo, Diesel, Armani Junior...

For more informations email to info@suyd.co.uk