“MONOCHROME” GROUP EXHIBITION CURATED BY USUGROW

by Ariadna Zierold

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This past month the HHH Gallery in Tokyo showed Monochrome, a group exhibition curated by Japanese artist Usugrow.

“Today, the world is brimming with information and a wide variety of techniques, painting tools, and art styles are introduced, but I wanted to think about this in a simple way and let people know that [they] can still show wonderful expression using only simple tools like normal paper, pencil, and ink. Most of the artists participating in Monochrome are originally my friends, except Kyotaro and Ozabu, who I’ve been a fan of for a while. Each artist thoroughly mastered one writing instrument such as a marker, pencil, ballpoint pen, or ink pen. What’s interesting is that all of them use [tools] that are usually categorized as ordinary stationary, not a special writing tool. That means you don’t have to buy lots of paints or brushes to start your art.”

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The tools these artists used are simple: pencils, mechanical pencils, black markers, ink pens, ink brushes, and everyday ballpoint pens. However, by carefully utilizing white space not as “blank,” but rather as information to describe space and color, the artists transform pure, untouched white canvases and paper into detailed and complex monochrome landscapes. To achieve this, the artists must enter a fierce yet meditative state of resolve as they add lines to slowly weave their worlds.

 

The exhibition featured the work from Aaron Horkey, Mike Giant, Shohei, Kyotaro, Toshikazu Nozaka, Ozabu, Sadam and Usugrow.

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This was the first-ever Japan exhibition for artists Aaron Horkey and Mike Giant.

 

Ariadna Zierold

First Edition MANGCHI Vinyl Records and MANGCHI gear by David Choe, Aaron Horkey and James Jean

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David Choe and DVDASA fans be aware, Upper Playground carries the two 1st Edition Vinyl Records of MANGCHI starring Money Mark, SteeBee WeeBee, Igloo Hong, Heather Leather and CECI DeeCee along with MANGCHI gear for all necessary occasions. If you haven’t picked up anything yet check out our selection of goods for the true MANGCHI aficionados.

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About the Band:

“A fart from a child born without a butthole”, is what MANGCHI sounds like said 1 of the 2 people who were let into a room to hear this new sound. The second person, John Cusack , actor/comedian/artist from such films as “SAY ANYTHING” and “ROADSIDE PROPHETS” described the music as “If korn, depeche mode and the beastie boys were forced in a bus together to tour north korea, and all their lead singers quit in the middle of the tour, and the band picked up the korean versions of Debbie Gibson, Stacey-Q, and buddy Holly to replace the singers who just happened to be hitchhiking on The north korean countryside road, and then they all got in a tour bus accident and all got whiplash and broken bones, but Kim JONG UN made them play a show anyways with broken necks right on the side of road using the broken car parts as instruments over the non-existent ambulance sirens, that’s the closest I can get to describing the MANGCHI sound…. So basically listening to GOD’s voice as he’s hitting puberty… so basically Art.”

Mangchi Releases 1st Edition Vinyl Records with David Choe, James Jean and Aaron Horkey

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For the ultimate David Choe and DVDASA fan, the highly anticipated release of this pair of 1st Edition Vinyl Records of supergroup MANGCHI featuring Money Mark, SteeBee WeeBee, Igloo Hong, Heather Leather and CECI DeeCee. The NEGA MOLA record is graced with custom artwork by Aaron Horkey and James Jean. The second record, EEGA MOYA has cover art by none other than, David Choe.

MANGCHI NEGA MOLA
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MANGCHI NEGA MOLA (Back)
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MANGCHI EEGA MOYA
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MANGCHI EEGA MOYA (Back)
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About the Band:

“A fart from a child born without a butthole”, is what MANGCHI sounds like said 1 of the 2 people who were let into a room to hear this new sound. The second person, John Cusack , actor/comedian/artist from such films as “SAY ANYTHING” and “ROADSIDE PROPHETS” described the music as “If korn, depeche mode and the beastie boys were forced in a bus together to tour north korea, and all their lead singers quit in the middle of the tour, and the band picked up the korean versions of Debbie Gibson, Stacey-Q, and buddy Holly to replace the singers who just happened to be hitchhiking on The north korean countryside road, and then they all got in a tour bus accident and all got whiplash and broken bones, but Kim JONG UN made them play a show anyways with broken necks right on the side of road using the broken car parts as instruments over the non-existent ambulance sirens, that’s the closest I can get to describing the MANGCHI sound…. So basically listening to GOD’s voice as he’s hitting puberty… so basically Art.”

Heading to Aaron Horkey’s “Midwestern Heart” show

The good people of Burlesque headed up to the art capital of … well, a place where they are showing great art, Windom, MN. Population: 4490. Aaron Horkey’s hometown. Aaron has a show there at the Remick Gallery at Cottonwood County Historical Society, where Ben of Burlesque reports a “happily overwhelming amount work on display ranged from original pen & ink drawings, screen printed concert posters & art prints, skateboard graphics, album artwork, source material & more.”

The show runs through November 20th. Remick Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm, Sat. 10-4.

More photos here.

Something to buy: Aaron Horkey’s “Midwestern Heart” Print, and retrospective show

Posted from The Citrus Report

Aaron Horkey is universally known as one of the best draftsmen in the game today, and by game we mean fine art world. He doesn’t do a lot of press, solo fine art shows, but he can definitely produce a print. And he has, oddly, a retrospective at his hometown gallery, Remick Gallery in Windom, Minnesota. That is sort of epic. It opens this weekend.

Tying all this together, there is a new Aaron Horkey print, “Midwestern Heart,” that coincides with the show. Buy it here, and find the details.

Posted By The Citrus Report