• Art Chicago 2010 Pictures Added

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    I’ve just added some photos from Art Chicago to the main part of the site
    (please go to PHOTOS and look under Art Chicago April 30-May 3, 2010).
    Andreas and Kevin from Aureus Contemporary along with their installation
    specialist  Christopher Faiss did a maximum job in hanging a great show at
    the booth. As I was looking forward to seeing, it was so satisfying that Karim‘s
    paintings and my sculptures interacted so nicely. Here are some for you to see.
    Please go to the main site for the complete set and the enlarged versions.

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  • but does it float

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    Every once in a while I check if “but does it float” has a new entry. The site stands
    out, among many visually oriented sites, in showing intriguing images lead by
    brief sentences. The text often act as a springboard to lift you up where the images
    are displayed or they can playfully set the rhythm to the visual composition that
    follows. The curators of the site, Folkert Gorter and Atley G. Kasky, know how to
    put up great shows tastefully, beautifully and effectively. Here are some examples.

    Click to see the full entry at but does it float

    Click to see the full entry at but does it float

    Click to see the full entry at but does it float

    Click to see the full entry at but does it float

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    Here is what they did with my work (below). Somehow the vastness of the text at
    the beginning takes you to a place where you can let your imagination fly. It’s so
    clever and effective.

    The only way

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  • Art for People: NYFA’s A & AE

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    It’s no surprise that as an artist I believe art is good.  Not just paintings or
    sculptures but anything that can make me see new possibilities, open my eyes
    to new realities and make me feel some sort of awe inspiring flow that’s
    bigger than my usual self.  And simply put, there are amazing things out there
    that make me say “wow, I’m glad to be alive to see that!”.  But actually getting
    out and trying to help artists to make things is a tricky matter; especially
    when it’s done publicly.  When I see people debating about it, I feel helpless.
    I have no words to say if someone claims that we have more urgent issues
    than people having fun listening to music or painting pictures.  And how
    do you decide what’s good for people and what’s not?

    That’s why it’s so refreshing and encouraging to see people just going
    ahead and doing what they believe by clever ideas and practical solutions.
    Last year I had such a moment when I got to know about
    the Artists & Audiences Exchange program of New York Foundation for the Arts.
    It’s a part of their grant program which basically give away money to selected
    applicants.  But they tell the selected applicants that the part of their money
    will be given only if they make up a public program for the people in NY state.

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    OK, so when I got the money from NYFA last year, my response was, “Ah,
    what? It’s not a free money?  I don’t get it.  They are not just giving it to me?
    What???.”.  Well, that was just before I realized the cleverness and significance
    of the program.  It’s so great to know that there are smart, capable people
    looking after arts out there.  Thank you NYFA.

    After thinking about the program for a few months I decided to give a talk at a
    local library, Hampton Library, in Bridgehampton, NY.  Its building has just
    gotten an extensive renovation and the director of the library has been very
    positive and welcoming about the idea (my wife used to work there!).  So the
    talk is going to be on Saturday May 15th 3:00PM.  I will be talking about my
    sculpture making process with lots of images.  It’ll be relaxed, informal and
    hopefully fun.  Please let the library know if you are interested in attending.
    I will see you there if you are around!

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    Contact information for the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton
    Facebook Page for the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton
    Hiroyuki Hamada is a 2009 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).  This presentation is co-sponsored by Artists & Audience Exchange, a NYFA public program.
  • Facebook Page Added

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    I’m very happy and moved that my new friend, Fernan Ozel, from Istanbul has put
    up a Facebook page for my work.  It’s really great that someone half across the
    planet reaches out to you and helps you out spreading the words about what you
    are doing.  Thank you so much Fernan!  I still remember shooting slides of my
    work and sending them out to be seen by galleries/curators.  We definitely live in
    a different world today.

    And if you are into Facebook, please join us!

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  • Art Chicago 2010

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    It’s been fun and exciting exchanging emails with people at Aureus Contemporary
    for the past weeks setting up details for Art Chicago.  It all started when I spotted
    really nice paintings by Karim Hamid at BOOOOOOOM.  I was taken by them
    enough to contact the artist to tell him how much I enjoyed.  Karim kindly invited
    me to come see them in person at one of the art fairs in NYC last month.  I checked
    out some of his latest pieces there and we enjoyed chatting.

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    Shortly after that, I got an email from the director of Aureus Contemporary,
    Andreas Kuefer, asking me to team up for Art Chicago next month.  So there we go.
    Aureus Contemporary will have a 850 sf booth and it’ll put emphasis on three
    artists, Karim Hamid, Sara Carter, and myself.  There will be six pieces of mine on
    view.  And you get to see more from Karim also.

    Here is some info about Art Chicago taken from its site:

     

     

     

     

     

    Art Chicago® 2010, the annual international fair of contemporary and modern art, brings
    together the world’s leading emerging and established galleries. Art Chicago offers
    curators, collectors, artists and art enthusiasts a comprehensive survey of current and
    historic work, from cutting-edge to modern masters in a wide variety of media including:
    painting, photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, video and special installations.

    Art Chicago 2010 will take place April 30 – May 3, with an Opening Preview on April 29

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  • “My work in an art text book?”

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    A few years ago I had a great experience in working with people at the
    Swarthmore College, PA for their gallery show.  At the opening I met one of the
    art professors, Michael Cothren, who was working on a college art text book
    called “ART A Brief History”.  He was very generous in complimenting my work
    and I had a lot of fun talking to him.  A few weeks later, he emailed me saying that
    he was thinking about putting my work in the upcoming edition of the text book.
    Of course I didn’t have any problem with it…

    An image from the Swarthmore College show.  The full photo set can be seen at "PHOTOS" at the main part of the site.An image from the Swarthmore College show. The full photo set can be seen at “PHOTOS” at the main part of the site.

    So I’ve been wondering if that will actually happen.  And last week, the book
    came in the mail.  In it, I do see a picture of my work and very nice descriptions of
    the work by professor Cothren.

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    It’s really exciting to reach out to people learning about art and to take
    a part in more fun in their lives.  As I wrote a few month ago, I myself
    got into art through community college education.

    Well, I know, it’s sort of weird and surreal.  Last time I felt like this
    was when my wife decided to go out with me ten years ago.  I was like,
    “wow, cute woman like that actually wants to be with me?”.  Good
    things do actually happen sometimes.

  • SCW Show Pictures Added

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    Images from Salomon Contemporary Warehouse exhibition (East Hampton, NY)
    which ran from Oct. 11 to Nov. 30, 2009, have been added to the site. The set has
    total of 28 images and it comes in two parts. To see them, go to
    the main part of the site and click “PHOTOS”. Hope you enjoy! Here are a few of
    them from the set. You can see bigger pictures at the site.

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  • #62 and #68 are in

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    Two new pieces, #62 and #68, have been added to the site. Larger images with
    additional views can be seen at the main part of the site. Click “SCULPTURE” and
    look for #62 and #68 at the bottom list. Here are some images of #62.

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    Here is a picture with a person for a size reference.

    Here is a picture with a person for a size reference.

    And here are some images of #68.

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  • Talk at Berkshire Community College

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    Working with the community college was a special event for me since I myself got
    into art when I was in a community college in a small town, Wheeling, West
    Virginia.  Three years after my father, who worked in the steel industry in Japan,
    took his family to the small town in the US, I met a community college teacher,
    Karl Jacobson.  As a foreign student struggling to get by the school assignments
    by basically looking up all the words, Mr. Jacobson’s skill in speaking through
    his drawings was just beyond magical.  Until then, I had no idea that some
    shapes and lines on a piece of paper could move people like music or books could.
    I was like a grown man with measles:  shaken up and helplessly driven away to
    pursue what I saw.  So having an exhibition and a talk at BCC was my way of
    giving back to where I got it.

     

    Guerrilla style posters reminded me that I was in for the job!

    Guerrilla style posters reminded me that I was in for the job!

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    "TODAY! FORUM: 1PM <- K116" Yes, I'm ready!

    On October 2nd, my wife and I drove up to Berkshires to meet the typical
    community college crowd at one of their art class rooms.  They were just as they
    were at my community college 20 years ago in another state 500 miles away;
    they were from all kinds of backgrounds, young and old.  I knew that some of them
    were there against their own will (sort of), just to get the school credit.  So I
    wanted to make it as painless and hopefully as fun and interesting as possible.
    Two most asked questions in the past talks had been “what are they made of?” and
    “how did you do that?”.  So I simply decided to tell them how I made the pieces:
    hands on, practical sorts of information.  I got 64 images of sculptures in progress
    that included the very first idea sketches and finished pieces with some detail shots;
    and I tried to follow the steps as I encouraged them to ask questions.

    The talk went really smooth.  People asked questions that totally complemented the
    content of the talk.  And nothing beats seeing people coming up to me totally excited
    about the work as I am:  letting me know that I did share something good with them.
    I am pretty sure Mr. Jacobson would have approved of the talk.

    Here is a picture of Karl Jacobson with one of his amazing paintings, “Musicians”.
    I still feel weird to think that he is not with us anymore.  He passed away early this
    year.  It was so sudden and totally unexpected to all.

    Karl Jacobson447

    He painted amazing pictures that changed my life completely.

  • Home Town Show

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    Ten years after moving to East Hampton, I am about to have my first solo
    show in the area.  My connection to East Hampton is merely coincidental.
    I invited myself over to live with my then girl friend (now my wife), a writer,
    Evan Harris, in 1999.  We met at one of the artist residencies (McDowell
    Colony) in 1998.  After the residency was over, Evan decided to move
    back to her home town, which was East Hampton, from New York City.
    I moved from Union City, New Jersey where I lived in one of the sweat
    shop buildings illegally (oh, the good old days…).

    Ten years can be a while.  We now live in a semi-country setting with
    two dogs and a vegetable garden.  We have produced two small children
    (five and three year old boys).  And we have made many friends in the
    area.  This is our home that I feel to belong.  So having a show here is a
    very special event.

    The show will be at Salomon Contemporary Warehouse.  The opening
    is on Sunday 11 October 2009, 4 to 7 PM.  The show will be up though
    Sunday 15 November.  The gallery is open Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 and
    by appointment.

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