Dennis Manarchy "Girl w/Blue Glasses" from the show "METAL" opening reception September 7 at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary
Friday, August 10
5 pm - 10 pm
716 N. Wells Street
(corner of Superior and Wells)
Please join us for a glass of wine at our ongoing
celebration of the opening of our gallery
in the River North Art District
DALIP KRYEZIU "Yellow Face & "Blue Face" acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches
from his upcoming exhibition on October 5
SHIA KAPOS TAKES NAMES
July 24, 2012
Sven Asmus moves from Rolls-Royce showroom to art gallery...
Japanese born artist, Tomomi Kunishige began learning calligraphy at the age of 6. When she graduated from high school, she told her parents she wanted to become an artist. She had acquired her first class teaching license in calligraphy, which was the wish of her father. She then made a deal with him.. She asked her father's permission for only three years to prove her worth as an artist. If at the end of three years she did not sell a painting, she would become a teacher as her father wished. At the age of 18, Tomomi moved out of her parents house and began painting in the streets of Osaka as a performance artist across the street from Hankyu Department Store. At the age of 20 she created her first eikanji : truth+真実.
By this time, she decided it was time to ask the curator of the art gallery at Hankyu Department Store if he would consider an exhibition of her works. He had seen her often in the streets performing her art and agreed to give her a one woman show. And the rest became history! Tomomi's first show was a sell out sensation. Since then every show has ever had has been sold out, usually before opening night!
The term Eikanji ® is a portmanteau derived from the Japanese words eigo, meaning English, and kanji, which is the term for the ideographic characters used in written Japanese. Moreover, the term is a play on "ee kanji" —a popular phrase in the Kansai dialect meaning literally, "a good feeling."
Eikanji is a form of calligraphic art created by Tomomi Kunishige in which each work is simultaneously comprised of both written English and Japanese, both depicting the same meaning. When viewed from left to right and top to bottom, in the order of the kanji’s strokes, letters of the alphabet can also be seen, spelling out the meaning of the character or phrase in English.
"With a single character, people from different countries and different languages can experience the same word in the same way. It is my hope that in doing so, they may both experience it as a thing of beauty as well."
HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY is proud to host an exhibition of the Eekanji works of Tomomi Kunishige in Spring of 2013.
Watch video of Tomomi performing EEKANJI: http://www.eekanji.jp/movie.php