Exhibition of YOKAI IN NEW YORK by Kyoichi Yamada

The Nippon Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of YOKAI IN NEW YORK by Kyoichi Yamada from October 27 to November 2, 2016. He searched for yokai (ghosts or monsters) hiding in New York, like Pokemon GO hunting, and created his own original paintings from them. We think this kind of exhibition is the first attempt in the USA. We hope a lot of people will enjoy this exhibition.
Yamada is a modern artist from Nagoya City located in the center of Japan. He got interested in yokai at one time, but he didn’t study or research old traditional yokai. He took everything about strange phenomena, eccentric people and unusual buildings as yokai and through his own interpretation he created new yokai. He organized them and published a book. At the same time, because he is an artist, he illustrated pictures of yokai in his book. It was about several months ago when that popular TV program ‘yokai watch’ started on TV.
He stayed in New York for his exhibition in 2014 and got interested in finding yokai also in New York. He visited here again, found out a lot of yokai and published a book titled ‘Yokai in New York’. Of course, he painted pictures for the book as well. In this exhibition 30 paintings out of them are displayed.
In 1964 Yamada was selected for the exhibition, ‘14 Japanese Artists’ held in New York, which was the first exhibition of Japanese artists after the World WarⅡin the USA. He was the youngest of the 14 artists. After that he has won many grand prix at the contest inside and outside Japan. At Wakayama International Printing Biennale, a judge, Sam Francis, a famous American artist, gave Yamada’s work the highest praise and decided that his work was awarded the grand prize.
◎ Gallery Talk:Yokai in New York
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm on Saturday, October 29, 2016
What is yokai? Ghost? Alive or dead? If everything can be yokai, what is it like? What kind of yokai did Yamada find out? He is going to have an interesting and funny talk comparing with Japanese yokai. (The Talk will be conducted in Japanese)

Period October 27(Thursday)-November 2(Wednesday), 2016
Hours 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Monday - Friday) 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturday)
Location The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club
Admission Free
Detail Tel:(212)581-2223 Fax: (212) 581-3332
E-mail: info@nipponclub.org URL: www.nipponclub.org


Bob Gach and Ikuko Miyazaki-Gach
Two-Person Exhibition “Living Intuition”

Period November 4 - November 10, 2016

The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club is pleased to host the two-person exhibition entitled “Living Intuition” by Mr. Bob Gach and Ms. Ikuko Miyazaki-Gach.
Five years ago, an artist asked her “Why don’t you draw something?” Then the artist handed her crayons and paper. She didn’t know what to do. She took art classes at school when she was young like everybody else, but never studied professionally. However, she picked out some colors and then started drawing circles just like kindergartners. Something shocking occurred when she was drawing these circles, it felt “Fun” doing so. Since then she has been painting mostly on Japanese paper with Japanese paints called “Iwa Enogu”. First she picks the theme of the painting, then picks the colors and then draws “Intuitionally”.
Mr. Bob Gach is also a hobbyist photographer who enjoys working in different styles as he learns his craft. He started out about 13 years ago on a trip to Hawaii where like many before him, he wanted to “capture” something to take home and memorialize a special holiday. Now he shoots primarily with a Nikon D810 (and on occasion with a Leica M240). At this point, given how much he still has to learn and develop as a photographer, he just would not have imagined a show containing his work.
The idea for this exhibit was suggested by his wife, Ikuko, with the goal of sharing ideas, time and a bit of creativity with their friends and family. She gently chided him on his usual rational approach to things – being overly concerned with composition, sharpness of images, quality of technique, etc., she said to him that he should rather step back and simply select some of the more “engaging” photographs that he had already taken. She suggested that by intertwining their chosen art forms, they could rather share a bit of their mutual feeling with others in a more powerful way than simply hoping to impress others with the technical virtuosity (that is hopefully somewhere off in the future).
The exhibit is called “Living intuition” – a theme, which to them speaks volumes in today’s over caffeinated, overly digitized and overly information intensive world. They hope that you will feel some of the thrill and enjoyment that they received when they took this alternative view to their photographs and paintings in the most organic fashion they knew. Instead of seeing their art only through your eyes, they hope that you will experience what their art feels like.
Duration:November 4 (Friday) – November 10 (Thursday), 2016
Hours:10:00 am– 6:00 pm (Mon-Fri) 10:00 am–5:00 pm (Sat) Closed on Sundays
Venue:The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club
145 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019
Contact:Tel: 212-581-2223 Fax: 212-581-3332
E-mail:info@nipponclub.org URL: www.nipponclub.org
Free Admission. Open to the general public


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