POKETTO will be up in Bronx this Sunday.

Bring your family including your little ones! - POKETTO will be participating  Boogie on the Boulevard street event hosted by Bronx Museum of the Arts along with One Stop Family Pop Up!

August 26th, Sunday, 2:00- 6:00pm
At Grand Concourse between 165th and 166th street, The Bronx. The center lanes of the Grand Concourse from 162nd St to 170th St will be closed to traffic and open to a world of fun with music, art+.

  “If you could find anything you like in a pocket what would it be? Write it. Draw it. Leave It in a pocket. Read what others said.”

 “If you could find anything you like in a pocket what would it be? Write it. Draw it. Leave It in a pocket. Read what others said.”

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“POKETTO” will be up On Montague st this Saturday.

August 11th : 10-4pm.  Participatory Public Installation, POKETTO, will be at Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday Green Market as a part of “One Stop Family Pop Up”. Come to see me and donate your old clothes with pockets to add on the installation.

   “If you could find anything you wish in a pocket what would it be? Write it. Draw it. Leave It in a pocket. Read what others said.”   It continues to grow with thousands of responses to a question. It originated in March 2011, right after the massive earth quake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear plant incidents which have killed over 18,000 people in Japan, where I am originally from. 

 “If you could find anything you wish in a pocket what would it be? Write it. Draw it. Leave It in a pocket. Read what others said.”  It continues to grow with thousands of responses to a question. It originated in March 2011, right after the massive earth quake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear plant incidents which have killed over 18,000 people in Japan, where I am originally from. 

"If you could find anything you like in a pocket what would it be? ”

Watch “Poketto” on #Vimeo

んとよ、こごさ ポケットあっと思ってけろな。 んでそっからなんでもすぎななででくっとすっと何いいべな。書いでみねがい。絵さしてもいいなだ。 ほしたらそいず ポケットんながさいっちょくべ。ほがの人書いだなも見でみ。"If you could find anything you like in a pocket what would it be? Write it. Draw it. Leave it in a pocket. Read what others said.”


QAI17

What Dwelling means to you?  A space could be divided into this side and the other side by a piece of wall. What dose this side mean to you? What about the other side?  

When I still lived in my parents house that was a newly built large modern house in suburban Tokyo, I did not enjoy being there.  It was such a great feeling to live in my own old small studio apartment with sharing vault toilet.  You never know what makes someone happy.

ぺらぺらの紙切れで空間を区切ってみる。あっち側とこっち側。 あなたにとってこっち側はどんな意味がある? あっち側は? 東京郊外で新築のそこそこ大きな実家に住んでいたけれど、20歳の頃、汲み取り共同トイレの小さなアパートに引っ越した。親の立場になれば色々思うことはあるけれど、私の立場になって思えるのは私だけなので。引っ越してよかった。その数年後には、日本を出てしまったわけだけれど。

 Over two decades ago, I started to collect junkmails to make handmade paper mache. Plastic windows are bi-products of it. The nature of the material: transparency, strength, flexibility, sound, colors and designs which reflect the envelopes’ original purposes, has led me continue my investigation. 20年以上前、頼みもしないのに毎日届くジャンクメールを使って、紙粘土を作っていました。その副産物として生まれたのが、宛先を見せるための窓。軽いのに意外と丈夫、情報保護のためのデザイン、そして良い音を出してくれます。紙粘土より、窓の方が使いたい機会が増えて来ちゃいました。

Over two decades ago, I started to collect junkmails to make handmade paper mache. Plastic windows are bi-products of it. The nature of the material: transparency, strength, flexibility, sound, colors and designs which reflect the envelopes’ original purposes, has led me continue my investigation. 20年以上前、頼みもしないのに毎日届くジャンクメールを使って、紙粘土を作っていました。その副産物として生まれたのが、宛先を見せるための窓。軽いのに意外と丈夫、情報保護のためのデザイン、そして良い音を出してくれます。紙粘土より、窓の方が使いたい機会が増えて来ちゃいました。

 All insides of envelopes create interior of the dwelling. Most of windows show their original security camouflage design as their frame. If you could be at the site, would hear the sound the windows make. 情報保護のための内側面を合わせてこっち側を作りました。あっち側から見れば、こっちがあっち側です。

All insides of envelopes create interior of the dwelling. Most of windows show their original security camouflage design as their frame. If you could be at the site, would hear the sound the windows make. 情報保護のための内側面を合わせてこっち側を作りました。あっち側から見れば、こっちがあっち側です。

 QAI event went to 4pm. My project has extended till 8pm with potable lights. Yoko and Mayuko, Thank you for your great support till late this night. ライト持参で、夜の公園にしばらくいることにしました。付き合ってくれた、まゆこさん、ヨーコさん、感謝です。

QAI event went to 4pm. My project has extended till 8pm with potable lights. Yoko and Mayuko, Thank you for your great support till late this night. ライト持参で、夜の公園にしばらくいることにしました。付き合ってくれた、まゆこさん、ヨーコさん、感謝です。

 It is great to be able to participate QAI17, Queens wide Public Art Event as my 4th year. Thank you. Yvonne Shortt, for your great effort to make it happen again.

It is great to be able to participate QAI17, Queens wide Public Art Event as my 4th year. Thank you. Yvonne Shortt, for your great effort to make it happen again.

Come over Queens! Queens Art Intervention 2017. Tomorrow, Sat, 12-7pm.

DWELLING WITH THOUSAND WINDOWS: Sep.23, Sat, 12-7pm. Simply come over to Murray Playground on 21st Street x 45th Ave, Long Island City, NY. ( Take 7train to Court Sq station. E/M/G lines won’t stop at this station this weekend) or come with used window envelopes if you have any.  We will be working on a green circle under the trees right inside from 21st Street entrance. Starting around noon, help me building dwelling, put rope between trees and hung large window drapes with balance. Walk in and out of the see-through window walls. See other side. Go to the other side. What dwelling means to you. Write/Draw about it. Leave your note for Queens Art Intervention exhibit at Queens Museum in December.  

For updated info during the event, Check my Instagram  and/or  Facebook

And don’t forget to visit 11 other sites in Queens!

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Take 7 line to Court Sq station. E/M/G lines won’t stop at this station this weekend.

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Are you ready to be in Jackson Heights, Queens, TODAY?

Today, 17th is the second and last day of Queens Art Intervention 2016. 1-4pm at Diversity Plaza, Jackson Hts, Queens.

My GumHearts appliquéd t-shirts are waiting for you to be recreated into a tote bags to go home with you. Open to public and free for participation.

Curated By Yvonne Shortt. Director of RPGA Studio. http://www.regoparkgreenalliance.org

Other artists to participate:  Deborah Wasserman, Rica Takashima + 

 Thank you for your participation by donation your unwanted t-shirts!  They are ready for next participation in Jackson Heights, Queens, today. I would love to see GumHearts-T-shirt-Bags to be used on the street.

Thank you for your participation by donation your unwanted t-shirts!  They are ready for next participation in Jackson Heights, Queens, today. I would love to see GumHearts-T-shirt-Bags to be used on the street.

Each GumHearts Appliquéd T-shirt is unique, come to get one tomorrow at Corona Plaza.

50 GumHearts Appliquéd T-shirts will be available for tomorrow at Corona Plaza, and another 50 for next Saturday at Diversity Plaza, Jackson Heights, as a part of Queens Art Intervention 2016 by RPGA Studio. http://www.regoparkgreenalliance.org 

By cutting the T-shirts with scissors and tying them together each participant will create own tote bag to take home.  Open to public and free to participate. All T-shirts were used/unused and donated for this project.

Queens Art Intervention 2016

This is my third year to participate Queens Art Intervention. The theme for this year is “Litter Less, Recycle More".  I will be suggesting No Sewing Tote Bag Making with used T-shirts to save environment + 5 cents from February.     

Saturday, September 10th, 1-4pm at Corona Plaza. Right off 103rd St - Corona Plaza Station, 7-Train.

Saturday, September 17th, 1-4pm at Diversity Plaza, Jackson Hts, in front of 74th St Station, 7/E/F/M/R train.

Rainday: Sunday.

 Each donated, most are from Japan and such great quality, T-shirts has been redesigned with GumHearts appliqué   to be recreated into tote bag. 

Each donated, most are from Japan and such great quality, T-shirts has been redesigned with GumHearts appliqué to be recreated into tote bag. 

 GumHearts appliqué represents the immediate neighborhood.

GumHearts appliqué represents the immediate neighborhood.

Thank you for your donation of unwanted T-shirts!

Over 100 of unwanted new/used T-shirts were donated for my upcoming project for Queens Art Intervention 2016. 86 of them were donated in Japan during my visit and I carried all in my suit case and was very heavy. Thank you so much for your donation! 日本で86枚の不要Tシャツの寄付をいただきました! ありがとうございました! 重くてスーツケースで運ぶのが大変でした!不信に見えたのか、空港では家族で私だけが、荷物を細かく調べられました! 

東京でガムハート露店します.

Come to see me, and purchase your favorite GumHearts Tattoo Stickers, Greeting cards+.

8月20日根津神社、21日下北沢、東京でガムハート露店します。雨天中止。晴れますように! 

August 20, Sat: Art Market at Nezu Shrine 1-28-9 Nezu Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.  10am-4pm. Canceled for rain. 5 minutes walk from Subway Chiyoda Line Nezu Station or Sendagi Station. 5 minutes walk from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line Todaimae Station.  http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/bunkyo/spot/10150.html

August 21, Sun: Art Market at Shimo-Kitazwa Square,  2-24-3 Kitazawa Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. 1 minute walk from North Exit, Shimo-Kitazawa Station at Odakyu or Keio Line.  noon-5pm  Canceled for rain.   http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/regional/tokyo/shimokita.html

 

9月のNYクィーンズ・アート・インターベンション2016(社会実践アートイベント)の参加アーティストに選ばれました。材料として、不要Tシャツを集めています! 綺麗に洗ってあれば、色、サイズ、長袖・半袖・袖無し, プリント有無、新・古、可。ガムハート露店にお持ちくださるとミニプレゼント有ります。

 Greeting Cards with Multiple GumHearts.   Available at MIQ in Long Island City.

Greeting Cards with Multiple GumHearts.   Available at MIQ in Long Island City.

『横浜下町パラダイス祭り・よこはま若葉町多文化映画祭』に参加します。

I will be participating “The Yokohama Down Town Paradise Festival/ Wakaba-cho Multicultural Film Festival”.

GumHearts Street Store, Aug.25-28, 1-5pm.

Artist Talk on 27th 6-7pm.

If you and/or anyone you know are around Tokyo or Yokohama, please share info of this super cool festival. 

『横浜下町パラダイス祭り・よこはま若葉町多文化映画祭』に参加します。 
8/25-28, 1-5pm ガムハート露店営業@横浜パラダイス会館前路上。シネマ・ジャック&ベティ隣。ガムハートタトゥシール、グリーティングカード、一枚500円。冬のホリデーシーズンに先駆けて作家本人から買って下さい:D  雨天営業。


8/27 6-7pm  アーティストトークします。28年ニューヨークに住んで、移民、Artist、Teaching Artist、母親等の立場として生活経験話します。質問も、がっつり受けます。

 

9月のNYクィーンズ・アート・インターベンション2016(社会実践アートイベント)の参加アーティストに選ばれました。材料として、不要Tシャツを集めています! 綺麗に洗ってあれば、色、サイズ、長袖・半袖・袖無し, プリント有無、新・古、可。当日お持ちくださるとミニプレゼント有ります。

Selected as one of five artists for Queens Art Intervention 2016.

Please participate by donating unwanted T-shirts this Sunday!

QAI16 is Social Practice Art Event in Queens that will take place on two Saturdays, September 10 & 17.

This Sunday, 7th, accepting donation of clean washed unwanted, used/new t-shirts at Astoria Kaufman Studios, 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, NY 11106, during all day event of Queens Book Festival. T-shirts could be any color, size, with/without print, long/short/no-sleeves.  Bring to Table#28, my GumHearts Store. Or just come to see me for your day off :D  11-6pm. Free admission.  

9月のクィーンズ・アート・インターベンション2016(社会実践アートイベント)の参加アーティストに選ばれました。材料として、不要Tシャツを集めています! 綺麗に洗ってあれば、色、サイズ、多少の汚れ落書き、長袖・半袖・袖無し, プリント有無、新・古、なんでもok。

今週日曜、7日、Queens Book Festival会場、Astoria Kaufman Studios, 34-12 36th Street, Astoriaに、 GumHearts屋出店していますので、Tシャツ持って散歩がてら世間話がてら寄ってください。 

入場無料.クィーンズ作家の本の朗読・即売・サイン会も一日中行われています。

#QBF #Queens , #KaufmanStudios #QueensBookFest
Instagram/Twitter:@QueensBookFest
FB: www.facebook.com/queensbookfestival
Website: www.queensbookfestival.nyc

GumHearts Store in Astoria this Sunday!

GumHearts Store will participate in Queens Book Festival Sunday, August 7th at Kaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36th StreetAstoria, NY 11106  
Come to see me, and purchase your favorite GumHearts Tattoo Stickers, Greeting Cards. 11-6pm. Free Admission. Thanks!

 今週日曜日、ガムハート屋が出ます。クィーンズブックフェスティバル参加です。クィーンズ、アストリアのKaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36th St. Astoria NY 11106   ガムハートタトゥーシール、カード等、出店します。 11-6pm  入場無料。 散歩がてらどうぞ:D

GumHearts. Discarded. Disgusting. Do not touch it.

No one asked to leave them on the street. Unexpectedly, coincidentally, not willingly stepped on by someone unknown lying with their slimy saliva. You do not want to touch them. The shape and color change with the condition and time, out of control. I am documenting them using cellphone camera.  www.niizekihiromi.com

 January 26, 2016  3:12pm  Queens Borough Plaza, LIC,  NY.

January 26, 2016  3:12pm  Queens Borough Plaza, LIC,  NY.