PEACE 2018

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Immiscible-1, 2018, Mixed Media, 9"X9" © Shinko Araki
Sign, 2007, Oil On Canvas, 7.5"X13" © Ayako Bando
The Southern Cross, 2018, Acrylic Paint, Collage, 20.5"X24.5" © Mikako Fujiwara
Gakko Bosatsu, 2018, Oil On Canvas, 12”X9” © Yoshiko Ikeda
Untitled, 2014, Rice Paper On Canvas, 19"X24" © Mi Jung Kim
Modification Series F1-B, 2017, Mixed Media On Paper, 12”X12” © Keiko Koshimitsu
Frozen Forest, 2018, Graphite, Charcoal, Watercolor On Paper, 15"X19" © Mieko Mitachi
The Planet in Danger, 2018, Oil On Canvas, 18"X14" © Kazumi Nagakura
Meltdown 3, 2018, Heat Transfer Image On Panel With Color Pencils, 16"X16'x0.5" © Akemi Takeda
The Mask, 2018, Paper Mache, Plastic, 7.5"X5"X3" © Izu Watanabe
PEACE 2018
Curated by: Kazuko Uchida

80 Maiden Lane
14th Floor,
New York
NY 10038

August 1st, 2018 - August 21st, 2018
Opening: August 6th, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Gallery: Mon - Fri, 11AM - 6PM


The 5th Annual Exhibition
PEACE 2018
August 1 - 21

Monday, Aug 6, 5-7pm
Friday, Aug 10, 5-7pm

Shinko Araki
Since the birth of humankind, its curiosities and desires, for better or worse, have only continued to grow.
We are not mere creatures on this glove. I just hope that we won't be the ones to ruin it.
Mikako Fujiwara
My maternal grandfather was a soldier in WWII. ”No more war,” he always said and, every night until he died, repeatedly told me bedtime stories, which were all about the war.
The Southern Cross located in a bright portion of the Milky Way is observable in South Sea Island, where hard battles were held between Japan and the US during the last stage of the war. My work "The Southern Cross" is to the memory of my grandfather and to the thought of all the soldiers who died with honor on the battlefield.

Yoshiko Ikeda
There are many unreasonable calamity in the world. The worst is war, which has brought millions of sacrifices; the worst of war is atomic bombing, which has committed the realm of God.
Human beings cannot control exposure to radiation in the atomic bombing.
My wishes for peace will ultimately be a prayer. I would like to dedicate my work for the repose of soul from now and forever.

Mi Jung Kim
My art is to depict the more intangible and transient of my experiences in discovering so many layer of human nature through natural phenomena. I express myself with the play of lights, the formation of dews drop and the fragrance of the earth.
The sense of the wind, movement of water and interaction between the natural world and the modern one play significant roles in my artwork, which functions as a conduit for my mind to the viewer's mind for sharing of thoughts, feelings and understandings of bare life.
Keiko Koshimitsu
Shown in this exhibition is an image of the explosion of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Reactor #3 at 11:01am, March 14, 2011. Since this meltdown, in addition to atomic bombings in 1945, Japan has become the double-suffering victim, that is, has been exposed to radiation caused by both the military and the civil affairs.
As the victim country of this unconceivable disaster, Japan is responsible to head for the world without nuclear energy and to reward victim’s hardship and loss of their family members.

Mieko Mitachi

Ten years ago, I met a member of the Hibaku Aogiri Association, who came from Hiroshima to join the “Hiroshima Nagasaku Day” in New York. The name of the association consists of Hibaku (Atomic-bombed) and Aogiri (Chinese parasol tree, a kind of Hibaku-jumoku meaning survivor trees). I was deeply moved by their profound compassion to give the word Hibaku even to trees. Exposure to radiation affects not only human life but also trees that are a symbol of life. And the forest is a universe that nurtures plants, animals and many other living things. Protecting the forest is to protect our lives.
Kazumi Nagakura
Each of us are making this world. Our choices as the collective conscious are capable of being realized.
Before being too late, let's choose peace and create a peaceful world.
Akemi Takeda
One of my subjects since the 80s is signage of “Fallout Shelters” that were constructed as civil defense measures during the Cold War. I still can see this kind of signage, which looks as if alarming people on the verge of a nuclear crisis, which was then actually proved by the 2011 Fukushima explosion, Japan.
It is said, during the Kennedy Administration, there were 18,000 fallout shelters across the five boroughs. That tells us that the US must have understood the threat of radiation much seriously than Japan has learned a lesson from being A-bombed.

Izu Watanabe
Do not forget the meaninglessness of the fight and the cruelty of war.
Let's continue to appeal until that day when basic human rights are equally guaranteed to everyone.

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