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