Monday, March 28, 2022

Hello from Rica

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Please visit these links below for more information!

Thank you very much,
Rica Takashima


Fabric with a Big Drawing from the Big Apple

Social practice art project
One Stop Family Pop Up

Ramp Project NYC (StopGap NYC)

Manga/Anime drawing

Manga Sculpture at Randall’s Island

Participatory art project
Aliens in New York art project

Old website (1980s-2015ish)



Thursday, March 25, 2021

Fabric with a Big Drawing from the Big Apple: making facemasks project


Fabric with a Big Drawing from the Big Apple: making facemasks project

In March-April 2020, Queens, NYC where I live became the center of Covid-19 pandemic in the world, and the residents including myself were in a situation that some of acquaintances were hospitalized or some of friends died. Everyone felt the fear of this illness in real close. I was planning to hold outdoor events and comic cons as usual, but of course all of them were canceled. I started to continue to make facemasks with my leftover cloth and donate them to my community. I couldn't make anything other than facemasks. 

Fortunately, I received two offers. One was inviting to group art show, One Big Drawing. Then I created this project: Fabric with a Big Drawing from the Big Apple. 

The site of One Big Drawing was released in December 2020.

The On Big Drawing was curated by Friedhard Kiekeben and Jennifer Shaw. Thank you very much for the opportunity. This website is like an archive for me, as it introduces my past works.

The group exhibition was originally planned at the Chicago Columbia University Gallery, but due to Covid-19, it became an online exhibition.

Without this offer, I wouldn't have been able to make a new work in 2020, so I'm very grateful.

For this group exhibition, I digitally portrayed my experience during the 2020 NYC pandemic in manga. The motifs include ambulance sirens, N95 masks, rubbing alcohol, unemployment insurance websites, friends who started community group to secure foods, making cloth facemasks, and fireworks on Independence Day seen through the rear window.

I printed this manga on an organic cotton fabric and made masks from it. Each mask is a part of the manga. These unique 50 masks don’t have same pattern.

You can only see the whole manga on a digital device, and the manga is actually 100 cm wide and 300 cm long. So if you zoom in with your fingers on your device, you can see the more details. I you have Dropbox account, you can experience the manga here.

Also in December 2020, ArtBase88 in Fukuoka invited me to a group exhibition called Beyond New Border 2020. This was an online exhibition too.

Next, here is a link to the group exhibition Spring Forward for Women's Month in March 2021. Curators were Heidi Russell and Arantxa X. Rodriguez. Thanks for having me!

This was an exhibition in person in two years. I was relieved to think that the pandemic had passed its peak. However, it was not easy to display and manage the digital manga, so I exhibited only the facemasks at the show. 

Revelation Gallery, 224 Waverly place New York, NY

March 1-31, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm

Please watch this introductory video with 50 female artists from all over the world. You can see a glance of the venue in the first minute. After that, each artist leaves comment for about 30 seconds. These introductions by various artists are wonderful. Mine is around 6min 30 sec.

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そんな中に幸運にも二つのオファーがきました。そのうちの一つがこのプロジェクトです。 202012月にサイトがリリースしました。


On Big Drawing という名前のグループ展です。学芸員さんは Friedhard Kiekeben Jennifer Shaw。どうもありがとうございました。





デジタルデバイスでしか漫画全体像は見られないのですが、実はこの漫画のサイズは横100cm 300cmあります。ですからデバイスを指で拡大していくと、細かいディテールが見れるようになっています。データが大きいのですがDropboxを持っている方はここで見る事ができます。

このOn Big Drawingでは過去の作品も紹介してくださって、私のアーカイブ的な面もあります。改めて Friedhard KiekebenJennifer Shawさんには感謝します。


同じく202012月に福岡のArtBase88さんがBeyond New Border 2020 というグループ展に呼んでくださいました。これもオンライン展示です。

Also in December 2020, ArtBase88 in Fukuoka invited me to a group exhibition called Beyond New Border 2020. This was an online exhibition too.

次に紹介したいのは、20213月の女性月間に合わせたグループ展Spring Forward です。学芸員はHeidi RussellArantxa X. Rodriguez



Friday, April 17, 2020

I will be part in Virtual Art Con!

I will be part in Virtual Art Con!
Saturday, April 18 1pm-2:30 lunch break 4:30-12:30am

Virtual Art Con will happen here:
Instagram: VAC
FaceBook: @virtualartcon

Rica's Live Stream @ my account
Instargram: ricatakashima
 Facebook, Messenger: Rica Takashima 
You can ask me to make a HK facemask during VAC time. Chose your fav from 77 variety cloths for your mask! I will send it to you later via post mail. I’ve stayed at home for 3 weeks and never went shopping nor used delivery, so I am coronavirus free. I am making these masks with new materials that I had already at home. You don’t have to be afraid that masks I made has coronavirus.

About HKmask: HKmask is said to work like N95 mask quality when you put a paper tissue in a pocket inside the mask. You can use the mask without a tissue for daily use and it is 50% the effect of N95 mask. 

You can ask me to draw you in my manga style from a screen shot during we chat. I will send it to your SNS account. 

日本時間:4192:00-3:30am, 休憩5:30-11:30am 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

LGBTQ and Social Diversity in Asian Art

My artwork has been showed in a collection exhibition: 

LGBTQ and Social Diversity in Asian Art 

at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum 

2019 December 2 - 2020 March 17. 

Please drop by if you are in the area.




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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Card Calendar 2020!

Thank you very much for supporting my art project in 2019!

This year, I carried two projects, StopGap Ramp Project NYC and One Stop Family Pop Up including a Peekaboo-sculpture.
Please take a look at my activities in 2019.

About the ramp project, I am planning to invite diverse artists (including me) to draw unique pictures on ramps.

Please help the art project by tax-deductible donation and get an original mini calendar!
This mini calendar is a perfect card/gift for holiday season.
It can be sent as a holiday card and they can be used as a calendar.
The three drawings are by Rica Takashima.

Since they are small, they can use it in the office, locker, or on a fridge.
(8.5 x 5.5 inch)
There are two blank pages to write messages to your receiver.
This is a perfect item to start the Year of the Rat with.
One card for $10, and three cards for $25.
(Please see grid below: Your tax-deductible cost will be $5/one $10/three after deducting the transaction, postal expenses, and basic cost) You will get one extra card from Rica as a thank you card, so you can use it for yourself!
Card Calendar
With envelope
PriceYour tax-deductible cost
     1 $10$5
     3 $25$10
     5 $40$20
     10 $75$25
     20 $140$40
Please visit the NYFA page to donate for the art project.
Aliens in New York page at New York Foundation for the Arts

Please put “Holiday” at Note section.
This special opportunity lasts until end of December.

Your kind donation will be used to events like transportation, material cost for art workshop, etc. Our project is a space where strangers from different backgrounds can meet, understand and create art together. Through interactive arts, participants experience face-to-face personal contact, rather than communicating through Internet social networking services in virtual worlds. This tangible human interaction is needed in our society.
Thank you very much,

Rica Takashima
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