Eastside International is pleased to exhibit “HYAKKA RYOURAN: RIOT OF FLOWERS,” curated by Kio Griffith. This is the third and final part of the mini-festival of artists (exhibitions organized by Griffith at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica which opened June 13th, and at Paul Loya Gallery / Culver City which opens June 20th) and includes active artists at various levels of their careers from recent graduates of Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) to emerging and mid-career artists in the museum and biennial circuits will present painting, drawing, print, sculpture, installation, photography, collage and new media. The works will be on view through July 26, 2015.

The title of the show is an idiomatic expression derived from Buddhist literature, reverberations of beauty and aesthetics both in historical and contemporary context of the Japanese social experience. What transpires is the intuitive sense that observes art’s place in nature: its appearance, meaning and value set in contemporary world affairs in which the un-seeable is viewed from a third eye, the inaudible is imagined through living colors, and the unspeakable can be understood through telepathic means.

This all woman show features Kaoru Hironaka’s (resident artist at 18th Street Arts Center for the month of July) paintings which bridge far over genres of print to live performance often improvising with electroacoustic composers, Mana Ogata’s monochrome prints will take form into an on-site installation, Aska Irie’s meticulously ornate psychedelic bead landscapes, Yoshie Sakai’s psy-fi videsoaps, and a series of video works from recent grad students at Tokyo University of The Arts (Geidai): Mayumi Arai, Yuuki Horiuchi, Mizuki Shibata and Kanna Sudo. LA super artists Bridget Beck, Rema Ghuloum, Esmeralda Montes, Tessie Whitmore and others will also participate in this exhibit .

Griffith approaches his curatorial effort with the appreciation that “if every moment is a first hand experience and a unique meeting made in the spirit of ichigo-ichie, (literally “one time, one meeting”), this concept of transience could be contemplated as a singular decisive event materializing for the guest’s perusal.”


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