THE NY ART BOOK FAIR JAPANESE ARTISTS'BOOKS FAIR Pop-up books by Japanese Artists
Preview: Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm
PEPPER'S PROJECT NY BOOTH: N19
Participation Artists from PEPPER'S PROJECT NY
Reggie Shiobara, Yasuo Wakaiki, Kyoka, Tomoko Iki, Akiha Yamakami, Yuki Neo, Sonomi Kobayashi, kiriko Shirobayashi, Yuko K., Shizuka Ide, Sayako Soma, Mayu Oishi, Azusa Hayashi Komori, Yuriko Yamamoto, Takuji Otsuka, Yoshinori Tomiyama+Seiji Kumagai
Reggie Shiobara Photographer. Born in Chiba, Japan in 1978. He received his BFA and MFA from Tokyo University ofthe Arts in 2008. He moved to New York in 2009 and started his career under the instruction by AnnieLeibovitz. He got numerous awards and fellowships including the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program (2014), the Overseas Study Program for Artists, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japanese Government (2013) and the Pola Art Foundation Fellowship (2009). His recent solo exhibition, “Weather Fronts” was held at Sannga Gallery, New York in 2016.
Yasuo Wakaiki Yasuo Wakaiki ( born 1946) is a Japanese-born photographer based in Japan. Wakaiki graduated Tokyo College of Photography in 1969 and started working at Soei in Osaka. He was working as a commercial photographer and subsequently established his own studio, “Space Photo” in 1982. In the mean time, he started have an interested in Dance and Entertainment industry after he shot for Dance stage. Yasuo decided to stay for a while in New York to pursue more commitment for Dance industry photograph. And he found the apartment at 135th Street in Harlem. He was welcomed by Harlem community and began capturing the Life of community in Harlem from 1982 till 1995. He renamed his company as “ I photo Style” which specialized Kimono style photography. He was diagnosed as ALS in early 2017 very unfortunately. He decided to have a photo exhibition in Harlem which he dreamed of for long time. The exhibition “We Live in Harlem” was held in June, 2018 in Dwyer Cultural Center. His artworks were invited to United Nation’s Panel discussion in September, 2018 “The Media for Social Impact Summit” for Sustainable Development Goal .
Kyoka Born in Aomori,Japan. Kyoka has travelled more than 20 countries when she was 20 years old. She had been doing ethnic embroidery during working as a beekeeper in Hungary. She has been in NY from last autumn, started making art book since 2018.
Tomoko Iki Born in Japan Activities based in New York and Tokyo Once, when I was dancing in the forest, I had an epiphany: when I dance in nature, nature also dances with me.I could feel the rhythm and pulse of my surroundings and how it connected to my own physical self.So I started to capture this theme. I became both a dancer and a photographer at the same time. When I dance, I can improvise an expression of the emotions that I feel, my own femininity and my spirit, just as they are.No ancient tribe was without their own sense of dance. There is a universal, fundamental desire for it. I am interested in why humans dance, how humans connect nature to others, and why dancing in nature is so liberating. My pieces are kinetic, intricate, and they convey minute details.The photos are fundamentally abstract, but embody organic patterns.Through the use of layered nature photography, I try to convey how movement through dance brings us forward toward truth.
Akiha Yamakami Akiha Yamakami was born in Nagano Prefecture, Japan in 1984. She studied at 2009 MA in Printmaking, Lithography major at the graduate school of Tama Art University,Tokyo. She lives and works in New York City from 2012. She creates soft sculpture works with print and cloths upon the theme of human body. She actively presents her work both in Japan and in overseas. Started to collaborate with dance projects a few years ago. She makes costumes for dancers as well.
Yuki Neo Born in Takamatsu, Japan, Yuki Neo is a New York based photographer focusing on environmental portraiture and street photography. Yuki received her BA from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University and a MS in Advertising from Northwestern University. While working at several major advertising agencies in both the US and Japan, Yuki developed an eye and love for photography. In 2011 enrolled in the International Center of Photography and studied with frontline professionals.
Sonomi Kobayashi Born and raised in Japan, Sonomi Kobayashi, is a New York based painter and printmaker who is interested in science, physics, stars, nature, and spirituality. Her work is symbolic and abstract. Her recent oil paintings are based on images that she saw during her meditation. She also paints symbolic shapes that she finds attractive in nature. Her ink drawings and printmaking works are organic and abstract. She likes to mix traditional and contemporary echniques and experiment with materials, color, and shapes. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Japan, and Europe, including Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (NYC), Lesley Heller Workspace (NYC), Galerie ARTAe, (Leipzig Germany), Galerie La (Tokyo), and The National Art Center (Tokyo). She received Will Barnet Grant in Printmaking in 2013. She has done residencies at MASS MoCA (MA), Vermont Studio Center(VT), Vytlacil Campus, (NY), and Cat'Art Contemporary Art Centre (France). She also has participated in art book fairs at MoMA PS1, Printed Matter, and Kinokuniya Bookstore in New York.
Kiriko Shirobayashi My works contain complex meanings not only by their direct transmissions but also their reminiscences. The corners of our minds, which conceal what we carry underneath our consciousness and unconsciousness, are of supreme interest to me. My work is not necessarily intended to direct anyone in any direction, but more to illuminate aspects of our existence and encourage the viewer to develop their own concept. It is by this method, I believe, that art cultivates understanding and exhibits its own inherent value. After graduating from Osaka University of Arts, I moved to the United States going on to graduate from the School of Visual Arts with a MFA in Photography and Related Media. I have been exhibiting my work including Allentown Art Museum, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Houston Center for Photography, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Onoma Center, Finland, the 5th Pingyao International Festival and the National Museum of Belarus. I have received awards from GEN ART, LMCC and Photography 21 and have completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Santa Fe Art Institute.
Yuko K. I believe the existence of any artist’s sense of view must be reflected by the memories of their experiences. To me, the method of taking photographs and videos symbolize the importance of time. Suspending the equal value for both passing time and present time, gives me a diverse creator’s awareness and ability to recall memories of past experiences I had almost lost in the transforming, changing figure. After I graduated art university in Japan, I began working as a freelance illustrator and painting instructor along with my fine art painting and later moved to New York City. Currently I am living in NYC and work with various materials in painting, printmaking, illustration, mixed media, photographs and videos for the methodology of contemporary art. www.peintureyuko.com
Shizuka Ide Illustrator. Born in Shizuoka . Living in Tokyo. Graduated from the Musashino Art University . She is mainly drawing semiabstract illustration.
Sayako Soma Graduated from Tama Art University, majored in Graphic Design. Learned fine art in her childhood and this turned to make me to be deeply interested in art. I just started her career in design industry 2017. The book “SHINNOSUKE HARIYA” was born by the collaboration of me and Shinnosuke. This book is the collected works of an Japanese artist Sinnosuke Hariya who usually draw his picture with a pencil.
Mayu Oishi Illustration expresses the space and material casually existing in daily life. While studying at university, "Mr. Wall socket" was produced. In addition, I'm making illustration of various patterns and characters. 1995 Born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. 2018 Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan expected in 2019
Azusa Hayashi Komori http://www.azusahayashikomori.com is a photographer and an artist, based in Tokyo, Japan. She has graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design. She is using every representation by photography and pursuing original vision of herself. Exhibitions and Works 2010 「MEMORIES」(solo exhibition / Pepper's Gallery / Tokyo) 2011-2018「JAPANESE YOUNG ARTISTS' BOOKS FAIR」(New York Kinokuniya Book Stores, Printed Matter etc. / New York) 2012-2017「The NY Art Book Fair」(MoMA PS1/ New York) 2014 Google+ page「Nikon Photomentary」(produced by Nikon) photographer of January 2015 「TOKYO art crossing BERLIN」(neurotitan gallery, Motto Berlin / Berlin) 「DJ OKAWARI Official Website」promotional photography
Yuriko Yamamoto I was born in Hyogo in 1979. I began making various experiential installations since my childhood, and in 2002 I graduated from Kyoto Seika University Art Department and became the youngest winner of PHILIP MORRIS K.K.ARTAWARD 2002 P.S.1 award. After that, mainly in Kyoto, I continue to make and present experiential installation works both in Japan and overseas. I'm interested in making sceanly and feelings that I bring from audience to main character what various storieming situation. A pile of small episodes brings us an extreme excitement in our daily life. I try to keep searching for expressing ways to exchange the experience of the audience in daily life for ones under my pieces successfully in order to make them have excitements.
Takuji Otsuka Having been visiting Italy since 2010 and taking photographs of it, I am sometimesasked: “Why Italy?” For me, I would rather question: “On the contrary, is there any place other than Italy?” The trail of history where city-state Rome was created in 753 BC by the twin brothers Romulus and Remus who were raised by wolves; and it developed from Republic to Imperial Rome under the protection of Gods. Isn’t it worth devoting one’s life to take photographs of the streets with remnants ofsuch heritages as well as people? Stillness and motion, the negative and the positive, those in the opposite. God and something called Death. Stability and the sense of instability. The thought conceived deeply through taking photographs for a long period of time has started to be photographed in the domain of unconsciousness and gathered. The process of selecting photographs based on multiple key words is a completely different act from the one during taking photographs, eplacing those unconsciously photographed with musical scores of consciousness. And finally, there has started to emerge something “vague” that is not concrete nor canbe described as abstract.
Yoshinori Tomiyama+Seiji Kumagai 「Time after time / Time for time」 We used the Polaroid 809 film which expired in November 2001 and photographed each Tokyo by Mr. Yoshinori Tomiyama and Mr. Kumagai Seiji from 2015 to 16 years. Yoshinori Tomiyama Born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1953 Learning from Nippon University art department photograph subject in 1972 2014 photo exhibition 'Ao no Michi' Ikebukuro Sunshine Gallery 2014 published 'A complete work of Okinawa’s Beach 505' 2012 photo exhibition 'Old Ryukyu road' Naha-shi RyuBou Hall Kumagai Seiji Born in Hakodate, Hokkaido in 1966. Graduated from Nippon Kogakuin College in 1987 2013 photo exhibition 'In the Haru Iroha Kasumi' (POETIC SCAPE) 2009 photo book 'THE TITLE PAGE' (Bookshop M) 1994 The 10th Photograph New Century Public Offering Excellence Award 'The 3rd Photographic New Century Exhibition' Annual Grand Prix Award.