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★ AWJED / MAMI ISHIBASHI ★
Aug 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
Opening Reception Tuesday 8/2!!!
AWJED – AWJED Exhibition
AWJED was born in Japan in 1980 and was raised in a household full of music. Apart from studying piano, she liked expressing her own world of images, as she saw in picture books of Japanese mythology and Arabian Nights among others. In school, she had a reputation because of her drawings of caricatures and comics and she was tasked with drawing a portrait of the whole class for their graduation album. In 2002, she gradu- ated from Toho College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Piano. After that, she wrote music and worked on architectural design technology for civil infrastructure maintenance pertaining to disaster control. All along, she felt more and more eager to use her illustrations to express a world of unknown that could enliven people. From that time, she has concentrated on making 100 pieces of the world for her project “AWart100.” In 2011 and 2012, she participated in international art fairs such as Design Festa in Tokyo. In 2013 and 2014, she displayed work in “100 Artist Exhibition” at Ouchi Gallery in New York and energetically continued making art.
The colors and the children that appear with that adventure in her artwork are all inspired by existing cultural heritages in the world, indigenous people’s murals and decorations that are beautiful as well, they are tradi- tional. A unique and creative world is spreading from where AWJED’s vibrant world of colors is weaved and put on stage5 , and where the children who hide the strangest possibilities live together for each other, in friendship, as one.
Wednesday, 8/3 – Sunday, 8/7
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(Appointment only on Wednesday)
Mami Ishibashi – ..whispers
Mami Ishibashi is a Japanese female photographer who was born in 1987.
The time she stared photography is when she was a high school student in Tokyo. At very beginning, she started to take photos of her favorite soccer players at a stadium, but gradually she found interest at recording people’s daily lives, cultures, and natures.
After graduated high school, when she was 19 years old, since July 2007 – September 2009 she has been in Australia for studying and October 2009 – April 2010 in South Korea.The life in overseas brings her many surprises, and it naturally made her like to meet and know a lot of people who have different backgrounds. At the same time, she attracted in beautiful natures and cultures that actually make people’s backgrounds.
During the life in oversea, she more devoted herself into photography to record her life in there.
In March 2011, the huge earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. Because of the disaster, she starts to think that photography is not only for recording something for herself but also it have more big meanings when the pictures were shown to others.
From April 2015, she started her career of photographer, and now mainly take photos of families, couples, flowers, and landscapes of the road. She trying to take photographs that show any messages or foundable of someones lives.
8/2, Tuesday 7:00PM – 10:00PM
8/4, Thursday – 8/28, Sunday
Thursday – Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm
(CLOSED on Mondays & Wednesdays)