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★ Kyoko Hamaya / Wei Chen ★

July 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - July 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Opening Tuesday 7/19!!!

Kyoko Hamaya – F

Kyoko Hayama was born in Shimane, Japan. Her hometown, Matsue city, is a medieval castle town nestled along a beautiful lake, rich in Japanese traditional culture. She formally started studying in 2000 and established her own atelier three years later. She has held multiple exhibitions in Hiroshima, Okayama and Shimane. Influenced by her mother’s love of flowers at an early age, she learned to appreciate the seasons and found a strong attachment to flowers, which consequently led to flower arrangement. She was greatly influenced by Mr. Keiichi Hosaka, whose arrangement style can be characterized as “infusing scenery with life by using plants.” Her encounter with Mr. Hosaka led her to express her view of the world with flowers in her own way. Her work is now characterized by “Line and Light”. Today, she manages the flower shop Ange, located in Matsue City, and focuses on custom orders for store displays and weddings. She also teaches floral arranging classes to the public, to further educate about the beauty of flowers. In Kyoko’s words, “I express the light and pathway which leads to a world of fantasy in my artwork.” In her art, she cuts out an instant in her imaginary world and expresses it in her work. According to her, this world is made up of a compilation of feelings, which can be traced back to childhood experience. These include opposite feelings, such as bright feelings of pleasantness, happiness, warmth, kindness, and dark feelings of sadness, loneliness, anxiety, disgust and anger.

She started working with the theme of “Light” in 2006, a time when she wished to forget daily busyness and feel the moment that touches her emotions. She found that the fusion of flower and light, whether the source of light was bright light, soft light or one straight light coming into the darkness, warmed her heart deeply. Another theme that touched her was “Line”. This “Line” could be the profile from a plant or a man-made artifact. A “Line” would lead her way to a world, where depending on the type of light, the flower would have the power to touch her differently. She then recreates the entire space. Her strength lies in creating a “Space” where the flower’s beauty stands out through both “Light” and “Line”. This “Space” is soothing and touches the hearts of those who view it, in the same way that happy old memories of childhood experiences bring back feelings of cuddly warmth, happiness and calm.

春の輪舞曲 Haru-no-rinbukyoku (Spring Rondo) Exhibition in HIROSHIMA 2007
ほとり~ Hotori “Flower&Lightning” Exhibition in OKAYAMA 2013
“花宇宙「HANAZORA」” Exhibition in SHIMANE

Cocon Group Exhibition in SHIMANE 2009
Zucca Group Exhibition in SHIMANE 2009


7/20, WEDNESDAY 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM – 7/24, SUNDAY 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(By appointment only on Wednesdays)

Wei Chen – Corbel Sketch

Rolled as a lecturer & designer, Wei is dedicated to contemporary environmental art design and education. His study focuses on the era demands of small-medium cities development while transforming under the context of innovative urbanization in ZheJiang. Addressing the environment innovation & reform of small-medium cities and their villages, Wei provides technical support, project research and project design in various fields covering from building design, landscape design, public art design, to city planning and harvested considerable positive social response.
From the design of his project, Wei eagers to transmit the value of traditional culture through his contemporary measure, hence the beauty of traditional architecture can be delivered from his mind. With a line drawing art performance he focuses on painting “Niutui (Corbel)”–(*Niutui: traditional Chinese architecture term) and completed the essay “The Note Of Ingenuity –Niutui (Corbel)” which has been published nationwide by China Construction Industry Publishing House, and was awarded “the most amazing book of China 2014”.

Drawing randomly on the paper has always been Wei’s hobby since he was little. “The sound of scratching on the paper while drawing has always been a pleasure to listen……Paining in the late and peaceful night is perfect meditation to calm the mind and relieve the tiredness of a busy day, and turn into hobby gradually……”

He described those seemed random lines can actually deliver the most truly interaction and communication with emotion. Nevertheless, difference in professions makes one feel worlds apart. The latter education and his career path of designing were not related to painting at all, and draft design is the only way for him to find himself still bond with drawing.

By pure chance Wei came to a small town named Fotang town in Yiwu city Zhejiang province. The 2500 years history, the civilization, charm of this small while ancient town attracted him deeply at the first glance. He spent almost four years to touch and had a taste of the unique charm of this small town through research, measuring, designing etc. means.

With the depth of understanding and the addition to the information, Wei started strong interest in local ancient architectural structures and decoration art while he was carrying out research and reforming the design of those buildings, especially Niutui (Corbel). Corbel is diagonal bracing located on the top of columns to hold the roof structures in architecture; it was named as Niutui in Chinese since its shape resemble the thigh of bull. The fine crafts made by the traditional craftsman in ancient Fotang town is astonishing, which make a legend of this unique decoration art and is still splendid after thousand years’ time.

One day, the idea of recording all those beautiful lines with pens suddenly came to his mind. “It was such a pity to let this beauty drift away. So, I started to depict these fine structures with line scanning method under my pen.”

The process of drawing those lines is also looked as a procedure of creation a painting but not simply copy the lines, therefore the beauty of traditional decoration art can be transformed over and his own understanding and reappearance of the art can also be delivered.

7/19, TUESDAY 7:00PM – 10:00PM

7/21, THURSDAY – 7/31, SUNDAY
Thursday – Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm
(CLOSED on Mondays & Wednesdays)


July 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
July 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
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