My desire to create art comes from my search for the meaning of our existence. I use my artwork as a key to understand others and myself. The most precious thing in my life is the growth process. Art is my guide and mentor....

Friday, December 18, 2015

Winter News

                             " What is home? Where is home? ”

In my hand, there is a faded postcard of Kveta Pacovska. I bought it at an exhibition in Tokyo in the 1980s which introduced Czech artists. Back then, I was creating experimental films and my favorite Czech filmmaker was Jan ┼ávankmajer.I was interested in Eastern European art. However, the world was closed and separated by the Iron Curtain until the Berlin wall collapsed. The Internet was unknown then and the flow of information was poor. 

Kveta Pacovska’s works were full of ideas and a sense of humor. I was inspired by her experimental spirit and was thinking about Czechoslovakia, a country I didn't know, while looking at her art's impressive red colors. After the Velvet Revolution, the country name was changed from Czechoslovakia to Czech Republic. I was surprised that the country borders changed easily. European border changes back then may have been the catalyst for my thinking about borders and beliefs.

The Celebrating Print Exhibition "challenge" was designed as an homage to Czech artist Kveta Pacovska. I was invited to make three-dimensional work. I found some of Kveta Pacovska's works that used homes as motifs. At the same time, I felt Pacovska's work helped me to revisit a home that was the origin of my creative work. I decided to use homes and the color red as an homage to Pacovska. 

While making my piece, I thought about the people and places I have visited. New York is an experimental city that is a mixture of various races and cultures. I live there as a Japanese immigrant and I love this diversity. In childhood, I was hoping that I could choose my favorite country to live, anywhere on the planet. "What is home? Where is home?" Beyond the concept of home, the journey to find our home begins.       

December 7 - January 13
Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
( 12/19 and 1/9 Saturday open, 12/24, 25, 31 and 1/1 closed
Just in case please call 212-988-1733 to verify access)
Opening reception: Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Check photos by Scott Dolan
BBLA Gallery at Bohemian National Hall,
321 East 73rd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10021
Check the exhibition program 

"from key to key"
Period TBD  Please call 212-784-0694 to verify access
Hills Learning  Asian language school
315 Madison Ave on 42nd St, Suite 900 New York  NY 10017


EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
EFA CENTER 323 W 39th St. 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10018
Tel.: (646) 416-6226

Janurary 20, 27 and February 3
6:30-9:30pm  Wednesday
$205 members/$245 nonmembers
Includes 8 hours of free studio time


Part I: Paper Dyeing
March 15 and 17
6:30-9:30pm Tuesday and Thursday
$240 members /$280 nonmembers

Japanese paper dyeing techniques such as suminagashi and itajime shibori will be introduced and experimented with.

Part 2: Dousabiki
March 22 and 24
6:30-9:30pm Tuesday and Thursday
$240 members /$280 nonmembers

Traditional ways of printing on Ganpi paper with Chine colle technique, and sizing untreated handmade Japanese paper through the technique called dousabiki, will be demonstrated.