Fins & Forests



Mitsutaka Konagi

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Konagi will be showing “Fin” sculptures that are dyed with the colors of Hawaii.  The three-dimensional pieces also appear like two-dimensional paintings from certain angles. ハワイの色たちに染められた色々な”Fin”の作品。立体の作品ではあるが見方によってはフラットな、まるで一つの絵の様に見えたりもする2Dと3Dの間の様な作品。

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Emmy Reis

Painter Reis will be showing a series of paintings featuring surreal forest landscapes based on her time spent living mostly on Big Island, among other Hawaiian islands. ハワイ島を主とするハワイ諸島での生活を元に描かれた幻想的な森の風景画集を展示します。

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Artist Statements:

"I am not one to project personal emotions through my work; nor am I one to make pieces that serve as a vehicles for some kind of message. This may make me sounds like I am very impersonal or cold with my work, but that is not exactly the case. I simply try to express shapes and spaces that I intuitively make sense to me, or feel honest and true. My pieces can be architectural. This is because I pay extra attention to extra­ space, and pay special attention to the shadows and geometric shapes that happen in my work. However, the geometry in my work is not technically accurate or true; rather, it is something that can happen only because of the organic process of putting it through my own filters. This creates an “incomplete” geometry that is a “complete” expression of my own. My work is closely related to the relationship between light and dark. The way light hits an object to create shadows can create changes in color, or give a still object some movement; these are the things that intrigue me and inspire me to make work."

- Mitsutaka Konagi

"I am an illustrator/writer based in Brooklyn, NY, and Kyoto, Japan. I was born and raised in Kyoto and moved to NY to study illustration at Parsons. I worked as a designer at a children's books imprint before eventually moving on to pursue illustration independently. I wrote and illustrated a beer dictionary that was published in Japan in 2016(sorry, it's in Japanese, I am working on an English version!) Today I am exploring illustration and storytelling, examining external and internal cultural intersections, and living life as a food, drinks, and travel enthusiast. Please check here to read about my translation work."

- Emmy Reis


Jun Yoshimura