A QUEENS FINE ART SPRING AFFAIR
at PLAXALL GALLEY/ CULTURE LAB in
Long Island City
April 28~May 30.
About this art work: I made this work when I was isolated at home during Covid-19 Pandemic. At that time, my aged mother was dying, but I couldn't return to Japan because of the travel restrictions.
While I felt powerless in the reality that human life is ephemeral, various images and sounds came to my mind and I could hear them. The mask of an old woman for Noh play, the crow with three legs that are the messenger of the god, and a Japanese spirit/ ghost of AMABIE that wishes the extinction of the plague. And a sublime song: Vide cor Meum (See my Heart) from the movie, Hannibal. The elements that usually don’t mesh well have become one image in me.
Instead of the lines, the text of the lyrics and my original poem are used to draw the image.
You will find my poem and lyrics in latin and English in the drawing.
Following is the text you find in the drawing.
E pensando di lei (Florentin
Mi sopragiunse un soave sonno
Ego dominus tuus (Latin)
Vide cor tuum
E d'esto cor ardendo (Florentin dialect)
Cor tuum (Latin)
Umilmente pascea (Florentin dialect)
Appresso gir lo ne vedea piangendo
La letizia si convertia in amarissimo pianto
Io sono in pace
Cor meum (Latin)
Io sono in pace (Florentin dialect)
Vide cor meum (Latin)
And thinking of her (Beatrice)
A sweet sleep came over me
I am your master
See your heart
And of this burning heart
She trembling, Humbly eats.
Weeping when I saw him, then depart from me
Joy is converted to bitterest tears
I am in peace
I am in peace
See my heart
Reply poem by Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart
Between Day and Night
Good and Evil
Between Life and death
There are a beginning and an end.
We wonder where we are now
There is no point you can tell
Everything is connected
Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Williamsburg,Brooklyn
You will find the text below in this drawing:
I KNOW FOR SURE THAT WHAT WE DOWELL ON IS WHO WE BECOME--OPHRA WINFREY
Graphite Acrylic ink on paper
79 cm (W) x 168 cm (H), 2010
These works are at the Plaxall Gallery. I recreated them. Ten years of my life add new aspect on them.
I have been a member of Long Island City Artist Association and have had my studio space in LIC since 2007.
It is important to support local artist community.
I am a part of Long Island City art community artists exhibition, Burn This at a art space Factory in Long Island City.
I teach Sumi-e occasionally and here I show a Sumi-e influenced painting: YODOMI:Debris of Thoughts. Sumi, watercolor on Rice paper mounted on canvas 30x 36 inches, 2019
Year 2018 had been terribly busy for me to work for two big exhibitions for me and fellow artists.
Yet, I created this huge work 42 x 64 inches.
Title is " Akiko's Heart."
The message text ,based on Akiko Yosano's famous poem, keeps telling you that you should not perish life for war.
Again and again... hundreds of thousand of times.
Making a text drawing is like a prayer.
The face is Machiko Kyo who stared in Akira Kurosawa's movie, RASHOMON.
“Off the Wall” The Plaxall Gallery, L.I.C, NY
“What An Artful Life: Japanese American Artists Group Show” Tenri Cultural Institute, New York NY Until Jan. 2019
International Art Bridge Exhibition in New York, Tenri Cultural Institue, New York.
The 46th Annual Exhibition of Japanese Artists Association of New York, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY
The What An Artful Life was successfully ended. I have made much effort to promote fellow Japanese American artists who have practiced art making more than 25 years in New York against all odds...
My paintings are selected toThe 22nd Osaka ArtMove.
One day art event with fellow artists at Studio 34 Building.
Studio 34 Group Show
In conjunction with LIC Open Gallery Night
34-01 38th Ave. 4th Floor
Long Island City
Between 34th and 35th ST
Japanese Artist Association of New York
at Tenri Gallery
This organization was founded in 1972!!
Single artist-run organization in the US.
My two text drawings/calligrams are on the view at this art fair.
FRIDGE ART FAIR in LES
MAY 709, 2016
International Art Bridge member exhibition
@ Gallery Irohani, Sakai city in Osaka, Japan
April 15~27, 2016
This is the first time group show in Japan in a long time since I left Japan in 2000.
I look forward to see artists in my hometown.
Citi Bank Building in Long Island City
March 1-31, 2016
My hamsters are selected for this opportunity.
LICArtists group show at
Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan.
February 9-20, 2016
548W 28th ST, Suite 540
Tues-Sat. 12-6 pm
Thurs. evenings 6-8 pm
I will show two muslim women praying for peace. The drawings are done by text from the poem by Akiko Yosano.
Long Island City Artists
at the Falchi
Members Salon Exhibition
October 3-31, 2015
The space is open on Sat & Sun, 12-6 pm
31-00 47th Street, LIC
more info: www.licartists.org
I am standing with my husband in front of the drawings of a born-artist piglets who resists to be bacon.
****Works are on sale.
at gallery onetwentyeight
I am very honored that I could join this exhibition. My art is my voice about the issue. My voice is not loud but quietly shakes your heat. I made three small drawing of Little Red Riding Hood : Hispanic, While and Black girls.
Gallery's press release says:
What is the racial reality of life today? It does seem to be a different experience of you're black rather than white in this country. It does seem this way. But we are just one race--The Human Race.
Japanese Artists Association of New York: The 43rd Annual Exhibition.
I found this association in 1998 while I was visiting New York for the group show in SOHO. They accepted me as a member in 1999. I had been an active member for 10 years and had been an president
for last two years. I left the Association in 2009 and returned this year! I think it is very important to know that you are a member of Japanese Art Community. Most importantly
it is very important to know Japanese Artists who have survived in this New York art scene more than 50 years! I respect them. The Association gave me "The Keizo Suyemura
Award" who had lived as an artist in New York and died last year. This is very honorable award.