Kishio Suga is one of the leading figures of Mono-ha (School of Things), a loose group of artists that rose to critical prominence during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The Mono-ha artists took natural and industrial materials, such as stone, glass, metal plates, wood, paper, cotton, wire, rope, and water, and arranged them in mostly unaltered, ephemeral states. Suga articulates his approach to materials as an ongoing investigation of “situation” and the “activation of existence,” focusing as much on the interdependency of these various elements and the surrounding space as on the materials themselves.
Kishio Suga was born in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, in 1944, and currently lives and works in Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture. He received a BFA in oil painting at Tama Art University, Tokyo, in 1968. Since then, he has had numerous solo exhibitions in Japan, including at the Yokohama Museum of Art and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. This exhibition at Blum & Poe coincides with major solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan. Suga’s work has also been included in landmark surveys, such as Prima Materia, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy, 2013; Parallel Views: Italian and Japanese Art from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, The Warehouse, Dallas, Texas, 2013; Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012; Reconsidering Mono-ha, National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2005; Japanese Art after 1945: Scream Against the Sky, held at Yokohama Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1994; Japon des Avant Gardes 1910–1970, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1986; and the 8e Biennale de Paris. 1973. -Blum & Poe
The work of Diedrick Brackens. His solo show at Johansson Projects opens March 6th. The show runs through April 23rd.
Frenetic textiles combine painting and sculpture, West African weaving and European tapestry, blunder and intention, domesticity and the wilderness of the imagination.
Diedrick Brackens conjures the spirit of a homemaker and a myth-maker. In his exhibition at Johansson Projects, “This is Real Life,” Brackens weaves colorful textiles that align domestic spaces with the infinite expanse of the imagination, though perhaps not quite immaculately. His category-jamming works rest on both wall and floor, with his weavings balancing the pictorial properties of painting and the textural elements of sculpture. Each woven thing evidences traces of European tapestry, West African weavings, and Southern quilting techniques, though through the course of its creation each work begins to speak its own language. Some of Bracken’s colors in the weavings are derived from commonly found commercially dyed yarn while others, made from tea, wine, and bleach allude to gay vernacular, bodily fluids, cleansing and domesticity. Focusing on the intersection of blunder and intention, dye and stain, whole and broken, Brackens evokes a feeling but invites the viewer to fill in the blanks.
**All images and text are from johanssonprojects.com
Suprême Bon Ton is a French creative studio directed by Ella Perdereau. They create scarves with refined details and elegant illustrations, made and printed in France.
To see more from Suprême Bon Ton and to shop the collection, click here.
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Kubo Ayako is a Japanese artist and illustrator. To see more of her lovely work, click here.
Béla Pablo Janssen, born 1981 and lives and works in Cologne. To see more click here.
To see more from photographer Phebe Schmidt, click here.
Since 2004, Little Paper Planes has connected artists and collectors, sharing the excitement of collecting artwork, prints, handmade objects and ephemera. In our ninth year, LPP expanded from an online only organization into a storefront on Valencia Street in San Francisco. With this expansion we widened our programming to include a residency within the new physical location.
The LPP + Residency offers a diverse group of makers – artists, curators, collectives, photographers, writers, performers, participatory/social practice, musicians, craftspeople. – the opportunity to cultivate ideas and work in a month-long residency in San Francisco. Residents receive space to set up a workshop, studio, or office. Expanding on our commitment in helping artists, we felt it was important to offer free space to encourage our creative community to try out new projects or just have a place to work.
From May 2013-November 2014, the residency was housed in the back of the shop which created an interesting dynamic between the residents and the public. The residents used the opportunity to engage with the local community at large. Starting in March 2015, LPP will partner up with Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative to host the LPP+ Residency. Adobe has been an integral platform for artists since 1989 and we are excited about this partnership. LPP+ will have a small studio space behind their gallery where our residents will reside for a month at a time. Since they are open to the public, the residency will also be open to the public and is just down the street on 24th and Folsom from our Valencia Street shop in The Mission District.
Little Paper Planes provides support to assist with screenings, readings, lectures and workshops during the course of the residency. Open to individuals and groups, the resident(s) will offer at least two public programs or events during the course of their time at LPP+. Each residency culminates with a publication and/or print edition published by LPP as an extension of the residency. SFMOMA’s Library and Archives collect all publications.
The Chetwood has been a generous partner in assisting our out of town residents with housing.
Thanks so much for all your applications! We received a large volume of applicants with only a few openings. We had three past residents (Stairwell’s, Emily Tareila, and Brendan Mullins) choose their top five and Kelly chose six from the fifteen. The other four were invited. Our next application process will begin in late September.
To see past and future photos of the residency, go here.
The artist list:
March 2015: Julia Leonard/Either Way
April 2015: Dorothy Santos
May 2015: Em Meine
June 2015: Alison Pebworth
July 2015: Fortmakers
August 2015: Sarah Gottesdiener
September 2015: Jenni Rope / Napa Books
October 2015: Bonanza
November 2015: Lynnette Miranda
December 2015: Emma Spertus
Brandon Chuesy was born in Long Beach, CA and lives and works in Portland, OR. To see more click here.
We are an Australian-based creative practice whose approach purposely blurs the lines between work & play, design & art.
We are directors, thinkers & makers led by the spirit of curiosity & experimentation. Our commercial output is often fuelled by our studio projects where success, failure & chance discovery are all embraced in equal measure. Each experience provides new understanding and facilitates personal and commercial growth.
Practice makes imperfect.
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