Midori Mitamura - Art & Breakfast Folkestone England.
"There is a mysterious function to Art and Midori Mitamura wants to explore this economy. She holds events called Art & Breakfast that can occur anywhere in the world during one of her exhibitions.
Sometimes they are in gallery spaces; philosophically they are in latitudes that drift like radio frequencies across any horizon. So there are ingredients for breakfast, things we eat: Ongiri, toast, Croissants, cereal, Miso, tea, coffee or fruit juice and then there is the installation of Artworks.
Art is a crystal ball or skrying glass that can pull into focus waves of information that would otherwise be invisible to our eyes.
The Medium looked mysterious dressed in black wearing large round Sunglasses. She was careful with words which she knew carried dreamlike suggestions into conversation. On films and TV shows you sometimes get scenes of ladies walking into antique shops and leaving with one or two discrete curios. So it is with Midori Mitamura who has an uncanny knack of picking psychic locks."
11 Pioneering Artists You Should Know
"In celebration of International Women’s Day, our minds turn back to the incredible artworks that artists have shown in and around Liverpool over the past 20 years. Some of these artists explore the experiences of women in their work, whilst others have gained recognition for blazing a trail in the contemporary art world.
Sachiko Abe’s work encompasses performance, drawing, film and sculptural installations using cut papers. Her practice explores duration, repetition and constraints. This is a paradox, as she first started creating artworks after leaving the Self-Defense Forces in Japan because ‘the life of artists seemed so free’. In Cut Papers, presented at Biennial 2010, Abe invited the audience to experience an intimate space in which the constant snipping of scissor blades was the only measure of time passing." The Liverpool Biennial - http://www.biennial.com/blog/2018/03/07/celebrating-international-womens-day-11-pioneering-artists-you-should-know
Noe Aoki sculpture Iteration for Leaving Language at The Metropole Gallery Folkestone
"(Having remembered there is a paragon and the question of the frame) The sublime objects rose in front of you evoking pylons, electricity from a nearby power station like Dungeness. How does nuclear fission produce energy -water, boiling, steam?
An email archive began with an idea of scented soap on a table piled like standing stones and ended with an evocation of a forest, clinging and clutching to angled shadows. Black metal in an Art Nouveau gallery space is some heavy magnetism."
Kirico Tanikawa - Hilarious 3 - On view at Sabae City Hall, Fukui Prefecture, Japan until April 2018.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi A/W18 Collection and Hyung S Kim's portraits of The Haenyeo at The National Maritime Museum London England.
"Feminist quiz question of the day: Where in the world has a society existed since the 17th century in which women do all the work and the men take care of home and childcare? Google “haenyeo divers” and you’ll find that just such an impressive cultural economy exists in the Jeju coastal area of South Korea, where the “Amazons of Asia” dive for valuable shellfish without breathing apparatuses well into their eighties. Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton discovered this at a traveling photography exhibition at London’s National Maritime Museum last year. “They are just so incredibly strong, and we found it fascinating to look at how they dress to dive—with their scuba equipment, but feminizing it with layers of lace blouses or other bits of clothing from their wardrobes.” As parents raising two daughters, the designers want to immerse their children in the belief that gender equality is a right. After deep reading around the haenyeo community, they made the obvious connection with the state of mother nature. The makings of a collection that centered on eco-feminism was born.
With prior knowledge of this research background, you could pick out the references: the tight hoods, scuba fabric parkas and pencil skirts, trails of fishnet, bags manifested as buoys, marine blues, shimmery mother-of-pearl and gold sequins, and “seaweed”-sprouting shoes. Had you not read up? You’d see Preen by Thornton Bregazzi working its way through its signature repertoire of florals and dippy-hemmed dresses, with some Asian-appropriated padded brocade coats, fringed with goat hair.
Where does that leave us? The submerged meanings are important to these designers—they’ve gotten into the habit of leaving photographs of stacks of their reading matter on benches at their shows. Still, plunging into eco-waters and matters of cultural appropriation will inevitably raise many questions today." - Sarah Mower - Vogue.com
Hyung S Kim - "The Haenyeo : SeaWomen" curated by Soo Cho and produced by Waugh Office Productions for The National Maritime Museum London England.
Felicity Allen - Dialogic Portraits is an ongoing project that questions identity through repetition and multiples. These portraits are painted in watercolours during one session where the subject is encouraged to dialogue and through this exchange there emerges a commentary on the process and problems of visual representation. Evocative of ID photographs, "We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files," this series explores how biometrics, data mining and mass imaging have influenced how we view ourselves.