~SAFFRON/TWELVE AND UNDER/OPENING NITE
this diverse group show at SAFFRON, a new storefront gallery, art, vintage, and flower shop in Fort Greene – was so fun, mostly because of all the fresh faces – and new voices. the theme was organized around work – 12 inches and under – in scale – hence the name: ‘TWELVE AND UNDER’.
the opening party took place – last Friday Oct 22, 2010 – the show remains up thru Dec. 31, 2010.
on the right: KANA TOGASHI, co-curator of the ‘TWELVE AND UNDER’ show, and a co-founder with her mom of the store. that’s her mom – MIHOKO, on the left.
many of the mostly young artists in the show – are friends of Kana’s.
Kana wanted to do something special to celebrate the first anniversary of the store – and she thought, what better way than to give a platform to her many talented friends.
above on the left: that’s KANA TOGASHI – herself a painter and a pretty good photographer, and now a storefront entrepreneur !! and it appears, a curator and patron of the arts. next is ROBYN – who is a writer. and, at the right is KATE CERIGO – painter and graphic designer.
and which offset the initially deceptive snapshot casualness, esp with the documentary/hand-held feel, and – color ‘bleeds’. JENNIFER WONG.
check out: myrtleavenuebirdtown.com
DANIEL GOERS’ piece was completely off the wall, or rather, off the tree ! titled ‘Bracket Fungus’ it is 100 % living fungus -in a frame. which made me wonder: it could live forever – in a frame ?
you can read more about his work – in 2 very sharp and bright art/design sites:
see: his own – scrap ecology
and for sure, check out: designsquish
detail, GABRIEL SMITH.
photographer TOMOKO DAIDO.
a friend of TOMOO GOKITA, TOMOKO DAIDO is a member of the Tokyo-based artist collective 35minutesmen – aka – 35mm !! in fact, she and 6 other members of what looks to be a photography collective – will be featured in a show, aptly titled ’35minutesmen’ at FORDHAM UNIVERSITY’S CENTER GALLERY, Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60th Street at Columbus Avenue, NYC – opening soon, actually: NOV 6, 2010 and running thru Dec 19, 2010. the opening reception for the show is FRI, NOV 12, 2010/from 6-8 PM.
the show, ’35minutesmen’ is curated by STEPHEN APICELLA-HITCHCOCK & ANIBAL PELLA-WOO.
the Fordham University Center Gallery is open from 8am – 8pm every day.
and for sure, check out: 35minutesmen.com/
black and white nature photograph by TOMOKO DAIDO. it a classic ‘capture’ of icicles coming down leaves, and was shot in Europe. it was fun to learn that Tomoko has a book out on her black and white photography – called ‘White Elephant’ !!
SELDON YUAN, his piece defies photography – a shimmering assemblage of tiny mirrors that alternately pixelates and then, comes together to form a portrait – depending on different light sources, distances, and angles.
this super interesting conceptual design piece in the window is by JON SCHRAMM, a friend of TETSUKI NAKATOMI, who is the show’s co-curator along with Kana. Tetsuki is – a student of architecture.
JON SCHRAMM teaches architecture at Parsons.
the piece says: but is it a home / drawn by jon schramm / font berhold akzidenz grotesk
and check out: flickr.com/points-and-lines
also by JON SCHRAMM, it says:
do not let loose graphite fall to the paper
grab the pencil, feel it’s weight and rotate between your fingers
place pencil on paper
hold a breath
move your whole arm
let it out.
KANA TOGASHI, KATE CERIGO, NICKOLA POTTINGER and GABRIEL SMITH – all first meet up as students at New York City’s LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Kana went on to study at Pratt, Nickola and Gabriel went to Cooper Union, and Kate went to SVA.
a wall of work. a photo-collage on cardboard of an embroidery by NANCY SMITH (ok. that’s me), 2 pieces by JUNKO WATERHALL, and at the right, a striking and very sharp, fun black and white composition by DAISAKU YAKABE.
‘TWELVE AND UNDER’ – A GROUP EXHIBIT curated by KANA TOGASHI and TETSUJI NAKATOMI
in honor of the store’s first anniversary – running through DEC 31, 2010
SAFFRON – 31 HANSON PLACE – FORT GREENE, BROOKLYN
ALL PHOTOS OF EVENT: COPYRIGHT NANCY SMITH