Auction at Craig Krull Gallery

I had an opportunity to show one of my photographs at Craig Krull Gallery. It was a fundraiser for the non-profit organization, Art Division. It was exciting to see people bid on my piece right in front of me. I was talking to one of the bidders about the piece, and she didn’t know I created the image until the end. An opportunity like this allows me to look at my work from a distance. The comments I receive from the audiences are valuable because I can feel the excitement (or disappointment).


USC Fisher Museum of Arts

I was invited to be a part of artist in residence at USC Fisher Museum of Arts. Thank you Art Division LA for the opportunity! It was thrilling to be able to display my photographs at the museum. Also, the experience I had during the residency was incredible. I met many talented artists. I got tons of inspirations. I hope in 10 years or even in 30 years, I’m still creating art and enjoying it.


Custom Print with Frame

A new client asked me if I can do a custom size print for their house. I totally understand there are particular places they have in mind and sizes can be tricky. I printed this photograph and framed in the white frame. 

I usually don’t add white borders between photos and mats, but this time I decided to add a border because I wanted the client to enjoy the entire picture without clopping anything. It also make the photograph more special too. You can easily see my signature on it.

I’ve been collecting inspirations for new photographs. Let’s see what I will create next…!


EMOTIVE

Last Saturday, I had a group show with my photographer friends Letian Zhou and Sylvana Burns. We were planning to do a show together someday, and we were finally able to do it. The show was at Henry Duarte Gallery in Downtown LA. The theme was EMOTIVE (emotion) because we express different kinds of emotion through photography. 

The image of watermelon is specifically shot for this exhibition. Since I’ve been working as freelance photographer, I get a variety of projects at the same same, which I really enjoy, but it’s sometimes hard to find a balance in those situations. In this piece, I wanted to express being grounded without being influenced from the outside.

Here is a photograph of Sylvana Burns with her photograph. What’s great about doing a group show with other artists is that I get to see how other artists work. They bring brilliant ideas that I didn’t even think about before. It gives me a different perspective in my art. The image and the presentation of her photograph was just stunning!

I can’t thank enough for the opportunity! The show will be running until 7/14/2017 Friday.


Collaboration Piece with Alex Gonzarez

I love art. And I love collaborating with talented artists.I collaborated with Alex Gonzalez two times in the past (I will post the images eventually!). He’s an illustrator and create fun and pop characters. One of the collaboration pieces I did with him was sold to an actor Jack Black. Here is an piece we did recently.


I usually bring him photographs and just ask him if he can paint on them. I don’t know hear he would creates. It’s full of surprises every time I see what he creates.

The original piece is available on the here!



The Art Room

The other day, I had an assignment to shoot The Art Room in La Cresent. They provide children a place to explore their creativity through art such as painting and pottery. Children come to this place after school and enjoy creating art. I was excited about being able to capture the beautiful moments as a photographer. I remember I went to a place like this in my small hometown in Japan. Sometimes, it felt like I was stuck in the town, but at the art place, I could express what I couldn’t at school. Taking photographs at The Art Room reminded me why I keep creating art through my camera.


Anthony

One day Anthony asked me to go to Las Vegas. He said he became friends with a monk, who was under a tree for his mission, and Anthony was going to take the monk to a temple in Las Vegas. Anthony is one of the most unexpectable people I’ve met. I decided to bring my disposal cameras and recorded the journey. 


FaCa

I had a solo exhibition at Art Division Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. This was my first time doing a solo exhibition. First, I thought it won’t be difficult, but there were much more things that I expected. Since I was working, I ended up staying up until 3am every day to get things done. It was definitely a great experience and can’t thank enough to the people who supported to make this happen.



FaCa Video Shoot

Food as Contemporary Art is a series I’ve been working for a few years. It’s a celebration of food and inspired by Japanese flower arrangement, ikebana. This time, I decided to create a short video using the same concept. I’m thrilled to be able to see the final video. I hope you enjoy it!

Director: Yuya Parker & Jae Yong Park
Cinematography: Kane Wang
Actors: Anthony Filipelli & Page Smith
Makeup: Cynthia Angelina
Choreography: Charlotte Gouin
VFX: Rush VFX, Yuya Parker, Jae Yong Park
Graphic Design: Tanya Chang

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