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David Shelton Exhibition, “Good and Well”

I am exhibiting at David Shelton Gallery with Aaron Hans Forland and Leslee Fraser.   I have installed my work  2 days ago and went to the gallery to check out the whole installation yesterday.  The show looks really good.   If you are in San Antonio, please come to the opening at May 15th from 6 – 9pm.  I promise that you will enjoy it.

Updates of my drifting life

It is hard to keep track of how many times I moved for past 3 years.  San Antonio > St. Louis > Japan > Roswell, New Mexico > St. Louis > Japan > Albion, Michigan > St. Louis > San Antonio.  I finally settled down in San Antonio about a month ago.  I got luck with studios for all these times, but now I am working in one bedroom apartment.

Still trying to finish “One Morning” from One Day Series.  For this series, I will make one more “One Evening” to finish this series.  When it is done, it will be three triptych (9 panels) work.  The viewer will see the shift of the time in each triptych starting from morning, afternoon and evening with activities and life of people in ordinary town in Japan.  I got a residency this summer at MacDowell Colony where I am planning to complete shooting all figures in this work.  Hopefully whole project will complete this fall.

Dallas Morning News 11-06-09

Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News

— Press release from Dallas Morning News —

“Four Seasons”

Mimi Kato sees art as “one-person theater.”  She’s the actor, performing the roles of each character; the choreographer, orchestrating the movements and poses of the characters; the costume designer, hand-sewing the outfits; and above al, she says the director, orchestrating the pieces of her production within the two-dimensional space of color prints.  Kato’s new show at Conduit Gallery, “Four Seasons,” which consists of four large, very theatrical photographs, illustrates all of that and more.  She completed these works during her residency at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in Roswell, n, N.M.  A native of Japan, Kato has lived in the U.S. since 1998.  – Michael Granberry

New images added on work : Secret Tribe of Hubbits page

There are 2 new entries at Secret Tribe of Hubbits page.  Please check them out!

“Coilpot”

“Hunt of the Prairie King”

GRAM installation photos

Here is more images from GRAM installation.

inside_people

people viewing my work

Gram Installation

installation view from inside

installation outside view

installation outside view

installation at night, courtesy photo: Alexander Paschka

installation at night, courtesy photo: Alexander Paschka

One Morning drawing

I finally finished “One Morning” drawing.  I am moving onto shooting figures.  Hopefully I can finish while I have a shooting studio in Albion College.

“One Morning” is a part of “One Day series” after “One Afternoon” .  It will be the same format as “One Afternoon” but the morning version.  Background landscape connects to “One Afternoon” which creates long landscape with shifting of the day.  Image will come sometime next year!

Conduit Gallery exhibition

I came back from Dallas about a week ago.  The show, Four Seasons, is up and running through November 14th at Conduit Gallery in Dallas.   We have been in contact since 2006 and finally everything came through.  The space in Conduit is amazingly beautiful.  They have 2 huge front galleries and a project space at the back where my work is up now.

"Four Seasons" at Conduit Gallery

"Four Seasons" at Conduit Gallery

I haven’t shown in Dallas since 2005 and was surprised to see the cool new art district in downtown.   New Opera House just opened and architecture is simply beautiful.  It is done by Foster + Partners in London who also did Reichstag in Berlin, my favorite architecture.

I had incredible time in Dallas.  I hope I can go back again soon.  Thank you, Danette and Nancy at Conduit!

Albion Michigan + Art Prize

Time flies.

I was in Japan, in St. Louis, and  in San Antonio, and now I am in Albion Michigan.  A lot of moving and that will continue after December, but we got some time to settle.  Jimmy and I are accepted as visiting artists at Albion College for 2009 fall semester.   We got here about 3 weeks ago, moved, set up studios and we are good to go.

We are also in “World biggest Art Prize” in Grand Rapid, Michigan called “ArtPrize”.   Whole city of Grand Rapids are now turned into a huge art museum.  All venues opened yesterday (9/23) and we have met so many new artists + some artists we have already known for years.

My piece is installed on south side window of Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM).  It is the same, but different version of piece which I did in Artpace San Antoino.

GRAM window installation

GRAM window installation

The piece will be up till October 10th.  If you are happen to be in Grand Rapids in very strange coincidence, please come check it out.

Trip to Awaji Island

I took a over night trip with my parents to Awaji island which locates off the coast of Kobe.  The world’s longest suspension bridge connects Awaji and Kobe (main island), and it was my first time to drive on it.  My parents wanted to go to Awaji to eat “Hamo” fish which is in season right now.  I really love small fishing villages in Japan.  They have depressing looking in general, which give me some kind of nostalgia and leave good amount of bitterness in my mouth.

Fising village

Fising village

Kani

Kani

We walked around and found a crab on a step of stairs to a shrine.  He was so mad at us (since my dad was poking him with stick) and made hissing noise with bubbles coming out of his mouth.  We played with him for a while.  Next day after the feast of Hamo fish ( we nibbled everything even bones and heads…. good..), we drove around the island.  Here is the real “bridge to nowhere” which I found on the island.

Bridge to nowhere

Bridge to nowhere

We also visited a temple designed by Architect Tadao Ando. I heard so much about this temple  but it was cooler than I expected.  I guess something happened to the old original temple (fire, earthquake or some kind of damage?), and they built a new contemporary one underneath a water pond.  I do like Ando’s architecture and was very curiouse how he did it to spiritual institution.   I couldn’t take any pictures inside, but it was really amazing experience.  If you do ever go to Awaji, go here.

Honpuku-ji

Honpuku-ji

Hometown

I finally came back to my hometown, Nara, to visit my family after spending a year and half in Roswell.   Coming back to Japan is always more shocking to me than going back to America.  I already know what to expect since I lived here for twenty some years.   However, time spent in America always  screws up my sense.  Especially coming back from Roswell (the huge desert land with nothing to block the sight),  Japan seemed a miniature fairy land to me.  Everything is tiny and all the building stand ridiculously close to each other.  It seems like there is no rules in town about building code and everyone seems to do whatever they want to do to their buildings.  They have their own aesthetics to decorate their house, which conflict with one with the neighbors.  Everything looks very cluttered and lacks harmony as whole.  I used to hate it, but now I am actually enjoying looking at it and liking it.