JAPAN ART PRESS RELEASE
Edited by
Anna Mola
Participating Artists
Barrett Biggers, B. Chrisse Harwanko, Jeroen Huisman, Alena Krupetskova, Lorenzo Lucca, Mina Sarenac, Jauya Suberg, Teruhisa Tahara, Claudia Tejeda, Yelena Zhavoronkova
Opening Date:
Monday, December 3, 2012 – 18:00
Location
Chie Art Gallery
Press Release
Japan, land of charm and mystery, a land of cherry trees and souls of big cities and Zen gardens, land, finally, that was raised after a devastating tsunami produces stimuli and inspiration for creatives from all over the world, many of as shown here.
One of the words most used by artists to describe their work was “mystery”: an inability to fully understand the Japanese culture, which arouses curiosity and pushing to get closer and closer to it, trying to explore through their artistic medium.
The physical proximity becomes in the case of B. Chrisse Harwanko, Native American who moved to Okinawa more than 13 years ago, which explains how, adapting to the small Japanese studies, has reduced the size of his paintings, choosing also for its geisha, those abstract collages and his famous paper manufactured in hand. As for Barrett Biggers, also American, there is a personal connection and emotional: the Japanese wife has further reduced the distance by an art that had never been a stranger, admired for its long tradition. In his graphic works are typical elements of imagination on Japan, they buy bright colors and Western characters.CalmingMist0702-RPrt-MED
Not traditional but contemporary is the object of reflection Teruhisa Tahara, the only native Japanese shows. Photographer focuses on objects that characterize the capital and many cities: the electric wires. Given the high seismic risk, the wires are not buried, but made to run on the poles, creating intricate tangles that invade the urban landscape. These cables are also able to connect (and report) among individuals today. Technology and modernity of the country is inspired by Japanese photographer in another exposure: Jeroen Huisman. Dutch reflects on the contradictions of a culture, according to him, “wedged” between the future and the past. Its Fragments, met on the streets around the world, reminiscent of Japan through the figure of the circle, and this religious symbol on the flag. Immediate and technology for medium used: smartphone, spontaneous and lived for the point of view, the Japan-phone series, created by Lorenzo Lucca is the important moments of a trip to the islands by local trains to the Shinkansen, from noodles to parks. Noting visual experience with an open mind, the photographer records the differences, the apparent asymmetry of a society in which a guest. Contrasts and cultural exchanges are also protagonists of the artist’s photographs Serbian Mina Sarenac. In these pictures, taken during the “Japanese Pop-Culture Festival” in Belgrade, coexist the ancient martial arts and dance performance of most western mold, represented by the style clean, sober and rigorous typically Japanese. The performer performs movements strong, precise yet graceful, recalling that delicacy, discipline and determination are part, in different ways, to both cultures.
The contradictions are absorbed and assume the tones and shades of dream and unreality in the works of Jaya Suberg and Alena Krupetskova. The first uses photography and graphics to create images “suspended” read. We find in them stories of legendary characters that seem to come from the film Kurusawa, in whom there is inspired by her. His works tell of a surreal world, the fruit of much reflection and suggestions lived, the result of events in the inner and outer reality. The same oriental charm can be found in the images of Krupetskova, to which is added, however, a touch of glamor. Fashion photographer, in fact, focused on clothes, makeup and hairstyles, which, combined with dreamlike atmosphere, leading the model – and the viewer – a dimension romantic and timeless.
Even the German painter and illustrator Claudia Tejeda sought in his art of playing the harmony and meditative aspect belonging to the rites and traditions of these people. The simplicity and calm of rural areas (less known) are personified through collages, musicians silent and colorful marine animals at rest. Therefore a reflection of areas a little ‘isolated in Japan compared to its immense metropolis, but still rich in customs and its own style.
Finally, with images of Spring in Japan Yelena Zhavoronkova, the viewer is immersed in the tranquility of a Zen garden. The order and simplicity of these natural parks, lush but never intrusive, has a profound effect on the way of life of the photographer and then on his style. Among temples, trees and ponds, the soul finds harmony and balance, sensations shots, even without human beings, can transmit.
Nature, glamorous, city, dream, fantasy and everyday life is reflected in many ways the inspiration that the country of the Rising Sun gives and will give probably forever.
Location
The Chie Art Galley was born twenty years of experience in the field of European and Oriental art and antiques. Since 2009 he is working to raise awareness of the Milan market artistic expressions of the younger generation together with already established talents. Chie The Art Gallery is an exhibition space on two floors, 60 sqm total, with windows directly on the road and is located in the center of Milan, a few steps from Piazza San Babila and Via Montenapoleone.
www.chieartgallery.com
Curatorship
Anna Mola, critic and independent curator, teacher of the history of photography. Implements and participates in projects related to photography and works with national and international magazines. annamola.wordpress.com
Referring Sites
Barrett Biggers: barrettbiggers.com studiomuku.com
B. Chrisse Harwanko: www.harwanko.com
Jeroen Huisman: www.jeroenhuisman.com
Alena Krupetskova: www.krupetskova.com
Lorenzo Lucca: www.fotoincollina.com www.progettow3.it
Mina Sarenac: www.behance.net / minasarenac
Jauya Suberg: www.jayasu-berlin.de
Teruhisa Tahara: www.premioceleste.it / teruhisatahara
Claudia Tejeda: www.tejeda-arte.de
Yelena Zhavoronkova: http://photo.yzdesign.com
Info
JapanArt
3 to 7 December 2012
vernissage December 4 18:30
Opening hours: 11:30 to 18:30
Chie Art Gallery, Premuda Avenue 27, 20129 Milan
Tel: 02 36601429
Mail: chie.artgallery @ gmail.com


A painting and a Statement from Okinawa

—-B. Chrisse Harwanko, an Artist, Educator, Adventure Designer & Tour Leader

Freedom-DetailChrisse Harwanko teaches K-2 grades in Okinawa on Kadena Air Base. She loves working with the children she teaches and sharing what she knows about the ocean with them. They always get so excited talking about sea animals and how they need to take care of them.

If visitors of this site have any contacts in Okinawa or elsewhere for her paintings with her message to be on public display, please contact ENC. The original size of the painting is 5 feet x 6 feet — 194cm x 130 cm.

She says, ”My point of the painting was NOT to criticize the Japanese for dolphin slaughter per se but more to bring to light the fact that we pollute the water too much and hence animals on the food chain like the dolphin should not be eaten.”

Message from B. Chrisse Harwanko

“After seeing the movie the Cove and researching dolphins this past year, I was very moved to paint my feelings about dolphins. The slaughter of these cetaceans was, and still is, gut wrenching to me. I also learned that the meat which was toxic to eat was being sold to people who did not know the adverse health effects the PCB, mercury and dioxin contaminated meat. The intention of my painting is to bring worldwide attention to the fact that we pollute the seas with so many toxic chemicals and not only are dolphins affected but so is the health of humankind. The red signifies the blood of the dolphin. The nets represent the veils of the human mind which, generation after generation, hold onto beliefs both good and bad without thought of man’s well being.”
more in detail

Freedom

“Freedom”

B. Chrisse Harwanko

My intent in this painting is to remind people that the ocean is one of the world’s most precious treasures. The message is to bring awareness of our neglect in the care of Mother Ocean and, in particular, the second most intelligent mammal on earth: the dolphin. Visually, I show the death of many dolphins and the all-knowing eyes that look in wonder and in pain. The nets in my painting represent the veils of the human mind and how generation after generation, humankind is caught in the same beliefs and thoughts without looking ahead to what is best for man’s well being or the health of the planet. The sounds heard on the MP3 recording, which is presented with this painting, are distress signals made by dolphins when they are herded together by the banging of the fishermen’s pipes. (Not loaded yet)

To the detriment of man and the dolphin, toxic wastes continue to filter into the ocean. Since dolphins are high on the food chain, they are very contaminated with toxins such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, metylmercury, dioxins, etc. These pollutants can have a devastating impact on reproductive health, immune and endocrine function of humans and other mammals, as they are carcinogenic. The eating of dolphin meat is detrimental to good health. Recent studies have connected diabetes, mercury poisoning, and mental problems to the consumption of dolphin meat.

Freedom-DetailMy intent is NOT to condemn any particular nation who hunts the dolphin or eats dolphin meat, but rather to bring awareness to health and ecological issues.

My hope is that worldwide there will be FREEDOM from our outdated thoughts of how we treat Mother Ocean so she can be preserved for generations to come.

 

“Freedom”


JapanArt Review at Artribune in Milan

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Japan, land of charm and mystery, a land of cherry trees and souls of big cities and Zen gardens, land, finally, that was raised after a devastating tsunami produces stimuli and inspiration for creatives from all over the world, many of as shown here.

Japan, land of charm and mystery, a land of cherry trees and souls of big cities and Zen gardens, land, finally, that was raised after a devastating tsunami produces stimuli and inspiration for creatives from all over the world, many of as shown here.
One of the words most used by artists to describe their work was “mystery”: an inability to fully understand the Japanese culture, which arouses curiosity and pushes to get closer and closer to it, trying to explore through its artistic medium.
proximity becomes physical in the case of B. Chrisse Harwanko, Native American who moved to Okinawa more than 13 years ago, which explains how, adapting to the small Japanese studies, has reduced the size of his paintings, choosing also for its geisha, those abstract collages and his famous paper manufactured in hand. As for Barrett Biggers, also American, there is a personal connection and emotional: the Japanese wife has further reduced the distance by an art that had never been a stranger, admired for its long tradition. In his graphic works are typical elements of imagination on Japan, they buy bright colors and Western characters.
tradition but not the contemporary world is the object of reflection Teruhisa Tahara, the only native Japanese shows. Photographer focuses on objects that characterize the capital and many cities: the electric wires. Given the high seismic risk, the wires are not buried, but made to run on the poles, creating intricate tangles that invade the urban landscape. These cables are also able to connect (and report) among individuals today. Technology and modernity of the country is inspired by Japanese photographer in another exposure: Jeroen Huisman. Dutch reflects on the contradictions of a culture, according to him, “wedged” between the future and the past. Its Fragments, met on the streets around the world, reminiscent of Japan through the figure of the circle, and this religious symbol on the flag. Immediate and technology for medium used: smartphone, spontaneous and lived for the point of view, the Japan-phone series, created by Lorenzo Lucca is the important moments of a trip to the islands by local trains to the Shinkansen, from noodles to parks. Noting visual experience with an open mind, the photographer records the differences, the apparent asymmetry of a society in which a guest. Contrasts and cultural exchanges are also protagonists of the artist’s photographs Serbian Mina Sarenac. In these pictures, taken during the “Japanese Pop-Culture Festival” in Belgrade, coexist the ancient martial arts and dance performance of most western mold, represented by the style clean, sober and rigorous typically Japanese. The performer performs movements strong, precise yet graceful, recalling that delicacy, discipline and determination are part, in different ways, to both cultures.
Contradictions are absorbed and assume the tones and shades of dream and unreality in the works Jaya Suberg and Alena Krupetskova. The first uses photography and graphics to create images “suspended” read. We find in them stories of legendary characters that seem to come from the film Kurusawa, in whom there is inspired by her.His works tell of a surreal world, the fruit of much reflection and suggestions lived, the result of events in the inner and outer reality. The same oriental charm can be found in the images of Krupetskova, to which is added, however, a touch of glamor. Fashion photographer, in fact, focused on clothes, makeup and hairstyles, which, combined with dreamlike atmosphere, leading the model – and the viewer – a dimension romantic and timeless.
painter and also German illustrator Claudia Tejeda sought in his art of playing the harmony and meditative aspect belonging to the rites and traditions of these people.The simplicity and calm of rural areas (less known) are personified through collages, musicians silent and colorful marine animals at rest. Therefore a reflection of areas a little ‘isolated in Japan compared to its immense metropolis, but still rich in customs and its own style.
Finally, with images of Spring in Japan Yelena Zhavoronkova, the viewer is immersed in the tranquility of a Zen garden. The order and simplicity of these natural parks, lush but never intrusive, has a profound effect on the way of life of the photographer and then on his style. Among temples, trees and ponds, the soul finds harmony and balance, sensations shots, even without human beings, can transmit.
nature, glamor, city, dream, fantasy and everyday life results in many ways the inspiration that the country of the Rising Sun gives and will give probably forever.Location
The Chie Art Galley was born twenty years of experience in the field of European and Oriental art and antiques. Since 2009 he is working to raise awareness of the Milan market artistic expressions of the younger generation together with already established talents. Chie The Art Gallery is an exhibition space on two floors, 60 sqm total, with windows directly on the road and is located in the center of Milan, a few steps from Piazza San Babila and Via Montenapoleone.
www.chieartgallery.com
Curator: Anna Mola,
Critic and independent curator, teacher of the history of photography.Implements and participates in projects related to photography and works with national and international magazines.

Time:
11:30 to 18:30
Vernissage:
04/12/2012 – 18:30
Genre:
contemporary art collective

Reference sites:

Barrett Biggers: barrettbiggers.com studiomuku.com
B. Chrisse Harwanko: www.harwanko.com
Jeroen Huisman: www.jeroenhuisman.com
Alena Krupetskova: www.krupetskova.com
Lorenzo Lucca: www.fotoincollina.com www.progettow3.it
Mina Sarenac: www.behance.net / minasarenac
Jauya Suberg: www.jayasu-berlin.de
Teruhisa Tahara: www.premioceleste.it / teruhisatahara
Claudia Tejeda: www.tejeda-arte.de
Yelena Zhavoronkova: http://photo.yzdesign.com

December 4, 2012

Chie Gallery presents…

“Japan Art”
Curated by Anna Mola

Collective Art Exhibit from 3 to 7th of December
List of Artists include;

  • Barret Biggers
  • B. Chrisse Harwanko
  • Jeroen Huisman
  • Alena Krupetskova
  • Lorenzo Lucca
  • Mina Sarenac
  • Jaya Suberg
  • Teruhisa Tahara
  • Claudia Tejeda
  • Yelena Zhavoronkova

2011


See the article in the Okinawa Stripes Newspaper
about my newest work being exhibited at the
OKITEN JURIED ART SHOW 2011
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April 10, 2011

See the article from Chrisse’s hometown newspaper.