Time: November 29, 2016 at 7pm to December 4, 2016 at 6pm
Location: Ouchi Gallery
Street: 170 Tillary Street, Suite 105,
City/Town: Brooklyn, NY 11201
Website or Map: http://www.ouchigallery.com
Event Type: art, exhibition
Organized By: Ouchi Gallery
Latest Activity: Nov 24, 2016
⭐︎ OPENING RECEPTION 11/29 Mayu Fujisawa + nono-craft ⭐︎
Artist: Mayu Fujisawa
Mayu Fujisawa was born in a small mountain town in Nagano Prefecture. As a child she grew up in an environment where her playmates were plants, insects, water and mountains. From an early age she read picture books with her mother and spent time in a world of imagination. Mayu’s pictures were always the one thing that people praised and as a matter of course she came to love drawing. However as a high school student Mayu began to distance herself from drawing. Around this time she strongly felt “Art is something you feel, something that is free, not something that you learn.” She studied oil painting and found it very boring. She couldn’t find a purpose in studying art or painting. It was at this time that she saw a TV program about dyeing kimono. She was so struck by the beauty of it that her instinct told her “this is what I’m looking for!” Mayu entered the fabric dying department of Joshibi Junior College of Art and Design. Although she enjoyed dyeing work, classes included design and patterning and she found the urge to draw become stronger. It was here that she was introduced to “Tsutsugaki”. The feel of the fabric and beauty of the colors, the way it was impossible to read the final result of the dyeing process; it was as though she had found a part of herself that was lost. Like the breaching of a dam wall, she designed and produced her first large piece.
This was the time when Mayu began to think more about the meaning behind the pieces she produced, rather than expressing her thoughts through the picture itself. Many of her motifs come from nature. Unlike man, nature simply lives and it is the beauty of these shapes and structures that she feels. Man selfishly wipes out land, plants and animals, but even then nature stays close, living with us, a reminder of just how insignificant man is. It is important to understand that we are supported by nature, accept, embrace and live with it.
Mayu takes the small, everyday happenings around her, adds them to her world of imagination and uses them to create her own unique world. From this space she adds them to the real world and draws them as reality. Although the shapes are different everything is connected by the same base of simplicity. True beauty and happiness are simple, not in what we search for. Nothing is taken for granted and there are many sides to happiness. These drawings create images of gods and creation. Mayu says “I draw one thing and other images just keep coming, so I just keep drawing what comes. Recently I feel like I’m drawing spirits or souls.”
Title: True Colors: Natural Dyeing from Japan
Miyuki Oka is nono-craft. “nono” is her pseudonym, nono-craft, means “fabric” in the ancient dialect of northern Kyoto, where she studied traditional Japanese dyeing. “nono” embodies her work: dyeing the threads and clothes, sewing, weaving, spinning yarns, felting, expanding the possibilities of fabric.
nono-craft was born in Japan. She has aspired to become an artist who creates something beautiful with her own hands. After working for a trading company as a salesperson, she studied orthodox techniques of dyeing, chemistry, design, and weaving at Kinki Polytechnic College Kyoto. While in college, she worked as an assistant to a Japanese traditional kimono artist on the weekends. She also learned Indian Indigo and Indian Batik, a traditional dyeing method with many processes, in Jaipur, India. After graduation in 2000, she opened her own studio in Karuizawa, Japan.