Thursday, May 29, 2014

Yumiko Kayukawa Year of the Fire Horse


Hinoe Uma, 22 x 28 inches, acrylic on linen

Yumiko Kayukawa
Year of the Fire Horse 

June 11th - July 12th, 2014

Reception for the Artist: June 11th 6-8pm

FOLEY gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of painter Yumiko Kayukawa. 

Year of the Fire Horse (Hinoe Uma) continues Kayukawa's exploration of pop culture, western fashion and the animal kingdom - all fused together with references to traditional Japanese customs and iconography.  Employing a traditional Ukiyo-e pallet with a contemporary Manga style of painting, Kayukawa delicately balances personal narrative with fantastical natural scenes.

The foreboding nature of her paintings are often masked by a playfulness and bold color strikes allowing deeper meaning through symbolism, thus revealing her underlying commentary on the environment, politics and contemporary culture.  In "Luxury Weapon," a young "Lara Croft" like figure displays a glowing Samurai blade defending a circle of elephants and rhinoceroses, their tusks and horns glowing, alluding to the luxury bounty that attracts the vision of poachers.

In Separation, a woman dressed in a black kimono sits in a darkened field surrounded by nurturing deer.  She gently holds a wrapped box in her lap. The presence of the box and black kimono are seen as symbols of death; the black kimono is worn during the ceremony of the deceased and the box holds the ashes of cremation.  The eyes of angry wolves encroach, foreshadowing her impending violent demise.   

These paintings engage with an inviting, playful and whimsical fa├žade.   Beneath, a message is delivered, wrapped in fluid poses, enchanting figures and intricate patterns. Her use of floating motifs and Kanji (Japanese characters) throughout her paintings provides a rhythm to the narrative.

Kayukawa grew up in the small town of Naie in Hokkaido, Japan. In her pristine and natural surroundings, Kayukawa found her love of animals and nature, which later became an important theme of her work. Throughout the years, Kayukawa has found inspiration from American pop culture such as Rock & Roll, film and fashion. Kayukawa's unique style arose from the fusion of these influential sectors of American pop culture with modern and traditional Japanese motifs.

Kayukawa graduated from Bisen Art School in Sapporo, Japan and currently works and resides in Seattle, Washington.  She has shown her work extensively both nationally and abroad since her debut U.S. solo exhibition in 2001.

Year of the Fire Horse will remain on view through July 12th.  Foley Gallery is openWednesday - Sunday, 12 - 6pm.  

Wakare (Separation), 20 x 16 inches, acrylic on linen, 2014

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Scope Basel 2014

JOSE CASTIELLA | que no sea Kang, por favor | 2013

Oil on canvas, 130 x 110 cm.Courtesy of PYTHON GALLERY

Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art

Licht Feld Gallery

SCOPE New York
Counter Me on 9, 2003
Neon, stainless steel, aluminum, IC,
electric wire, 123 x 88 x 17 cm.

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The Golden (Knot), 2013
Flag with golden knot

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Beautiful Asset Art Project

Paesaggio Invisible (Hidden
Landscape) PI-014
, 2014
170 x 220 x 2 cm.

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Dot (reference05), 2014
Mixed media.

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Accessible by dedicated SCOPE tram, SCOPE Basel is connected to the Messeplatz and Claraplatz. Additionally, visitors may reach the fair by a scenic walking route along the Rhine, which will feature SCOPE Basel Information Points for convenience.

Visitors may also use Tram 14 & Tram to reach SCOPE Basel. Look out for the SCOPE Basel Info Points to guide your visit and provide directional information.

For additional information on how to apply for SCOPE, please click here, contact Katelijne De Backer, Director of Exhibitor Relations:, see application link below, or visit


Streets of Colour

Streets of Colour

OKUDA and REMED New Project in North America
Miami and Toronto - June 2014

London 2013

Two of the world's leading artists, 
REMED (France) and OKUDA (Spain) are coming to North America to offer us the opportunity of witnessing their creative process in two new projects within the international campaign Streets of Colour.

Following the success of previous events of Streets of Colour in Europe, the first of these artistic actions in North America will be held in Miami on the 5th of June, during which the artists will be painting a stunning mural of 30 x 190 feet. After that they will be in Toronto from June 10th to 12th during the gastronomic festival Colours of Spainto share with us their passion and creativity.
Live paintings will take place in:

• Miami:
Live painting: from 3
rd to 6th June
Event: Thursday, June 5
th, 2014 from 6:30
(for free access please send a mail to
Cafeina Wynwood Lounge - 297 Northwest 23rd Street and Northwest 5th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127. USA

• Toronto:

June 11th to 12th, 2014
Patria restaurant. 461 King Street West. Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

Streets of Colour, the collaboration of both Madrid based artists with Campo Viejowines began in April of 2013, when they created a twenty feet high sculpture in their vineyard in Logronio (La Rioja, Spain) inspired by the environment and expressiveness of the wines. After that, REMED and OKUDA have spread their art, vibrancy and colours  through different European cities such as Madrid, London or Brussels, Miami and Toronto being now their next stops.

Once the events finish, we will send you information and photos, if you need any further information or if you want to interview the artists please contact us. -

Logronio (La Rioja) 2013

Brussels 2014

London 2014

Best regards,
Belen Casado
tel: 0034 615 702 969

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K.reatures–Battle Within Dichotomy

Alex Koddrip

K.reatures–Battle Within Dichotomy

This Summer is going to be jam-packed for the Think Tank, and kicking it all off is the wildly successful exhibit by visual artist Alex Koddrip, who is currently taking the show with him around the world. Reviews from his most recent show in Paris have been great, and we're eager to see how he utilizes the Think Tank space.

From his Paris show"Alex Koddrip explores the dark spots that lie at the edges of bright personalities and Forgiveness is the essential component. It is what enables these characters to see their everlasting duality—respect its presence—and finally to accept the intrinsic asymmetry of human nature."

Opening: Thursday, June 5th
Time: 6PM-9PM
Address: 939 Maple Ave, Suite #200, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Visitors in front of 'The Instant', José Maria Sicilia, 2013, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Getty Images for Art Dubai 2014


The ninth edition of Art Dubai will take place March 18-21, 2015, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Recognised as one of the most globalised meeting points in the art world today, Art Dubai takes place alongside Design Days Dubai—the world's most diverse fair dedicated to collectible design—as well as a number of other art-related events, exhibitions and cultural happenings taking place in March across the city during Dubai’s Art Week.
Next year’s Art Dubai will also coincide with the 12th edition of Sharjah Biennial, directed by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi and curated by Eungie Joo, opening in March 2015.
Art Dubai will open applications for galleries interested in participating in the 2015 fair on June 1, 2014.
More information and the press release here.

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'Nurses', Anup Mathew Thomas, The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014 exhibition


The Abraaj Group Art Prize has launched an Open Call for artists from the Middle East and South Asia and international curators to apply for the seventh edition of the award. This year, in an evolution to the format of The Abraaj Group Art Prize of recent years, four artists will be shortlisted and receive an award; one (of the four) artists will be awarded the $100,000 commission and go on to produce the work described in their proposal. All four artists will be included in the exhibition, organised and devised by the selected curator, at Art Dubai 2015.
To download the press release, click here.
As part of an expanded approach to its engagement in the arts, The Abraaj Group has also launched The Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship. For the next five years, each year, the Scholarship supports five exceptional post-graduate students from Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
More information here.

Global Art Forum 8, Oscar Guardiola Rivera at Art Dubai 2014


Titled 'Meanwhile...History', the Global Art Forum 2014 featured over 40 speakers and contributors and was commissioned byShumon Basar with co-directorsOmar Berrada and Ala Younis.
Full stream videos and documentation of the talks and sessions including '1955-2055: A Documenta Century' featuringCatherine DavidOkwui Enwezor,Adam Szymczyk and Hans Ulrich Obrist; '1971-79: The Short Seventies (UAE)' featuring Marina FokidisTirdad Zolghadr, andOscar Guardiola-Rivera, among many other sessions, can be viewed here.
The Global Art Forum 8 also included new projects by the Gulf-based artists Sarah Abu Abdallah,Raja’a Khalid and Hind Mezaina.
More information here.
Campus Art Dubai 2.0 book 'Served'


Campus Art Dubai, the art school for UAE-based artists, writers and curators, held the graduation for its 2013-14 Core class at the fair. Two participants, Raja’a Khalid andSuheyla Takesh, were also awarded fellowships from New York University Abu Dhabi’s FinD programme. A limited edition book of recipes—conceived, authored, produced and published collectively by the Core class— was also launched on this occasion.
Campus Art Dubai is held in partnership with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and is supported by d3 Dubai Design District.
Further information here.


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Acclaimed Web Series High Maintenance To Premiere Six New Episodes Exclusively On Vimeo On Demand

NEW YORK, May 29, 2014 – Vimeo today announced its first original programming project with the signing of High Maintenance, the critically acclaimed web series from the husband-and-wife team Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair. As part of the deal, Vimeo will finance six new episodes to launch exclusively on Vimeo On Demand ( 

Award-winning casting director Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), actor and editor Ben Sinclair (Delocated, 30 Rock, A Gifted Man, Law & Order: SVU, The Big C, Next Caller) and manager Russell Gregory at Regarding Entertainment first debuted High Maintenance on Vimeo in 2013. The 13-episode series, produced by Janky Clown Productions, follows a nameless cannabis dealer (Sinclair) as he delivers his product to clients with neuroses as diverse as the city they live in. Critics have regarded it as a “must watch” original web series for its well-crafted storylines and rotating cast that has included Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens and comedian Hannibal Buress.

“We’re all huge fans of High Maintenance and couldn’t be happier to make our first original programming investment in a show that’s developed organically on Vimeo,” said Kerry Trainor, CEO, Vimeo. “Earlier this year we announced an initial $10 Million investment to license content for distribution on Vimeo On Demand from creators seeking alternatives to ad-based models and this is an exciting next step for the platform.”  

"We're elated to be working directly with Vimeo to make our series with the creative control a television network would never afford us.  Vimeo is a platform that truly celebrates filmmaking," said series creators Blichfeld and Sinclair.

The new episodes are expected to launch later this year with the release schedule and pricing yet to be determined. In the meantime, viewers can catch the first 13 episodes of High Maintenance for free on Vimeo:

Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair are represented by Gregory McKnight at CAA, and Kim Jaime at Jackoway Tyerman.

About Vimeo
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