OPENING RECEPTION 3/7 AT 7pm Yukapon+mume

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OPENING RECEPTION 3/7 AT 7pm Yukapon+mume

Time: March 8, 2017 at 12pm to March 12, 2017 at 6pm
Location: Ouchi Gallery
Street: 170 Tillary Street
City/Town: Suite 105, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Phone: 347 987 4606
Event Type: opening, reception+exhibition
Organized By: Ouchi Gallery
Latest Activity: Mar 6, 2017

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Yuka Ishiguro was born in the small town of “Date”,in Hokkaido,Japan in 1963.

When she was a child,she lived near the sea and always enjoyed playing in the bountiful nature of her hometown.It was these experiences that fueled her imagination with the time that she spent in the sea,the fields alive with the sounds of insects and the flower garden of her family home.

She greatly enjoyed picture books and stories. Even wanting the same picture books that she already had if illustrations were different.In her childhood, she was shy.Her imagination fueled by becoming absorbed in reading books and spending time in nature.

Her father had a talent for sketching and she was greatly moved by his drawings of his wife.

The moment she saw these,she became interested in art.

When she was in the first grade of primary school,she wa awarded a commendation in an art contest.At the time she was a incredibly happy to get 36 kinds of paints as a prize,but after trying them she knew that she couldn’t express her all the ideas in her imagination with only 36 colors.

When she was in sixth grade,her design of imaginary creatures was adopted in her school festival and made into a snow statue.Her talent and creativity was admired even at that time.

However after graduating elementary school,as she grew up she stopped drawing the art that she had felt such a connection with.

She became a bank employee,married and retired from her job after starting a family.She enjoyed many years of happiness,but struck by adversity found herself plunged into cycle of loss and rebirth.Ultimately,she returned to drawing by digital,depicting winged creatures such as the phoenix,a symbol of rising from the ashes,to express her wish to escape from a life without freedom, into the truly free world of fer imagination,

In 2015,she visited N.Y. with a strong resolve to change herself and her life. Then,heavily influenced by the energy and individuality of the people of N.Y. her view of things began to shift.

During 2016,she met the popular art director Arisa Itami and given the chance to exhibit her art at the Ouchi gallery.

Through her works she express joy,love,hope and peaceful energy propagated be her art aiming to draw out the essence on these invisible but powerful emotions.She hoped those who view her works can away from the experience feeling renewed happiness.




Mika Horie uses unprecedented mixed media to discover and combine the histories of Japanese handcraft and Western photography.

 Her interest for photography and Japanese paper making began in BA in Information Design at Kyoto University of Art and Design.

 In 2008, she moved to the United Kngdom for her one-year study in MA European Arts Practice (Fine Art) at Kingston University London. Throughout her life in Europe, she developed her interest in exploring Japanese aesthetic point of views and sense of humor in our everyday life with various artworks.

 In 2013, horie established her own studio space “mume (Umeboshi pickled plum)” in a small mountain village in Ishikawa, Japan, and started to pursue the primitive passions for pleiotropic arts and design.

 She consistently creates cyan-blue prints on the basis of ultra-naturalism by using 100% wild Gampi trees, spring water, iron-salt, ferric ammonium citrate, potassium ferricyanide, and sunlight from paper making to cyanotype printmaking.

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