Black Sugar Is Tokyo Nonsense

Last night, we went to two different art events in Culver City. First stop, Joshua Petker’s “Black Sugar” exhibition at the Corey Helford gallery. Petker’s paintings show a dark and dreary world where a beautiful exterior holds only half of the stories of a woman scorned. I loved how you can feel the emotions in each of the different paintings and it’s almost as if each pieces held it’s own stories. At just a quick glance, you can already begin to appreciate the thought process and the intricacies which displays itself in the paintings. We got to meet Mr. Petker and conversed a bit before being on our way to the next show at the Scion gallery just a ways down. The “Tokyo Nonsense” exhibit consists of eleven young Japanese artists who use a more radical form of artistic expressions such as performance, video, and installation arts along with the more traditional forms. One thing I love about this showing was that each of the artists kept themselves very accessible to everyone who marvel at their arts. Even when language played a barrier between us keeping a conversation together, we can feel how appreciative they were to be able to display their works to a massive amount of people in a country they’re foreigned to. The exhibit clearly shows the power art can have on its communities and we’re all unified by our freedoms to express and create.

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And off we went to the Scion Gallery…

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What would a Japanese art show be without karoake?
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Kato Ai, or better known in the Japanese scene as Ai Madonna, created this beautiful tent and has become popular in Japan for doing live paintings in public settings as a exhibition rather than holding formal shows or galleries.
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This is Ichiro Endo and his art is in the physical performance and relaying the ‘GO FOR FUTURE!’ message which sends a positive message from the cold and dark world. The act he put on was dramatic and intense as he throws himself against the wall covered in the horrid Hiroshima bombings which still scars many Japanese people.
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This amazing piece of art is created by a six-person group called Chim Pom. The attention-to-detail on this piece is mind-boggling as they’ve recreated Downtown Tokyo with many miniature parts. There are people walking around and they even went as far as showing the runned-down buildings drenched in graffiti. The Picachu rats represent the rats which infest the downtown areas, much like the rats overpopulating New York City.
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Yes, we’re eating ketchup off the table.
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–dinoxsketchpad

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