An Amsterdam based magazine Creatie has a visual essay by Mischa Rozema
of PostPanic that makes you look at my work from a refreshing perspective.
While I couldn’t fully get the text part since the magazine is in Dutch, the
pictures tell the story very well. To me the essay focuses on how we are as a
peculiar specie on the planet that can see who we are and tries to shape who
we are. The essay tells our excitements, uncertainties, oddities and triumphs
in the process. It’s always refreshing and enjoyable to see someone coming
up with a solid theme out of my non-referential work. Thank you Mischa.
To see the essay, please go to main part of my site, click PRESS. It should appear in
the list as “A Visual Essay by Mischa Rozema”.
Three other artists who appear in the essay are exceptional. Here are some other
works by them which do not appear in the essay. Hope you visit their sites for more.
For the past weeks, I’ve been adding extra images to the pieces at the
SCULPTURE section of the site. They can be clicked for large views.
I’m hoping that you will have a better sense of what the work looks like
with the additions. So far #51, #54, #55, #59, #52, #60, #61, #64, #49,
#50, #44, #45 and #46 have been updated. More pieces will follow…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!Contact information for the Hampton Library in BridgehamptonFacebook 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.
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!
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.One of Karim’s paintings
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:
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.
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.Amazon‘s got it.
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.
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.