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Inside and Out: Greg Gossel in Miami

Tomorrow marks the opening of Miami’s Aqua Wynwood art fair where galleries, artists, and collectors venture from all over the world to share their love of art. Greg Gossel has been in the spotlight this year, as he was elected by the Aqua committee to create a large scale mural on the building facade. He came prepared with a fresh collection of wheat paste images to create a larger than life collage reminiscent of his signature works on canvas and wood.

Gossel is also making a splash indoors with a solo exhibition that includes 14 pieces in color and 8 new canvases in black and white. Aqua Art calls for a venture into new territory, and Greg has lived up to his name with these dynamic new works. Exhibition details below:

Solo exhibition by Greg Gossel

December 3-5,2009

Aqua Wynwood art fair, Booth 20

View exhibition online

We are also happy to have the artists Morgan Slade, Casey Gray, Aaron Nagel, Ramblin Worker, and Jesse Hazelip in Miami with us. We appreciate their efforts to be here, showing devotion to their craft and support of the gallery. Stay tuned for updates and we hope to see you in Miami this week!

Red Carpet: Yumiko Kayukawa

Red Carpet

Yes, we know that Yumiko Kayukawa‘s opening reception for Wild Wild East happened over two weeks ago; yet Thanksgiving and Aqua Art Miami have kept us busy. We haven’t forgotten about sweet Yumiko, who looked dazzling as ever in a room full of her paintings on November 14th, 2009. It was also great to see Mike Giant, C3, Akira, Aaron Nagel, Casey Gray, Fanee, Erik Otto, D Young V, and other artists here showing support.

If you missed the chance to meet Yumiko in person, read the interview she gave us here. Also be sure to view her full exhibition online and scroll down for flicks from the opening reception. You can catch the last days of Wild Wild East through this Saturday, December 5th at The Shooting Gallery for a playful dose of Yumiko’s imagination.

Yumiko poses with Wild Wild East

Akira and his girlfriend

The always stylish Fanee

Chris Blackstock and Mike Giant

Art for the House Raises $6K

Urban Art Silent Auction at The Shooting Gallery

Last Saturday’s event at The Shooting Gallery was a great success. Central City Hospitality House mounted a beautiful show for their 6th Annual Urban Art Silent Auction drawing in a pack of eager buyers. We broke records this year with over $6,000 worth of art going out the door, all of which benefits the Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program. Lucky buyers walked away with pieces by Joshua Petker, Ramblin Worker, Jesse Hazelip, and Greg Gossel among others.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the local community, and to the generous artists that donated their time and talent for the cause.

Exclusive Interview: Yumiko Kayukawa

In anticipation of Wild Wild East

Opening Saturday, November 14th 2009, 7-11pm at The Shooting Gallery

When Yumiko Kayukawa’s paintings arrived in a large wooden box this week, we frantically held them to the light. The level of detail and precision in this body of work is phenomenal, no matter the size of the painting. In Yumiko’s Jungle Book fantasy, Mogley is played by a long legged and pouty-lipped young woman who softens the wild spirits of tigers and sharks. She invents harmonious scenes that carry undertones of sexuality, mischief, and perhaps even escapism. But enough from us, we’ll let the artist tell you about her work. Read on to find out why Yumiko left Japan, how much time she spends painting, and why she identifies so strongly with lions, tigers and bears.

Okawari by Yumiko Kayukawa

Shooting Gallery: When and where are you most likely to spark an idea for a painting?

Yumiko Kayukawa: Ideas come from my feeling at any moment in my life.
Something I hope or enjoy, something that impressed me; feeling sad, mad or wondering.
They are also from scenes of a movie or lyrics from songs.
Also as you know I’m a big animal/nature fan, many ideas comes up when I see them in the nature or a wildlife TV show.
These recent years, since I moved from Japan to the US, I have a different feeling than I had before.
Every day is discovering, challenging and adventure. This new life definitely gives me the ideas, too.

Waves in the Mind by Yumiko Kayukawa

What material do you work with?
I use acrylic and ink on canvas or wood board.

Do you sketch out each painting before you put the brush down?

Yes I do. I sketch on a paper first, then trace it on a canvas or wood board.

Are long hours painting in the studio an obligation, or a reward?

Both. Painting is always is a lot of effort. I can’t make any piece without effort and it’s physically hard, too.
But the sense of fulfillment to finishing a piece and just looking at the painting – nothing compares.

Will you ever incorporate English words into your paintings?

Maybe. “MANGA Art” makes sense?

Are many other Japanese artists doing the same style of work as you are?

I haven’t researched it seriously, and I’m afraid to say it’s the “same style” as mine, but I see Japanese and American artists painting ‘a girl and animals’ more and more these days.

Read It to Me by Yumiko Kayukawa

Which contemporary painters do you relate to most?

I have some artists I like, but I have no good answer for “relate.”

How much time do you spend on each painting?

Big pieces take about 200 hours, and small pieces are about 40 hours.

Why did you move to Seattle? Will you stay?
Since I visited Seattle for the first time, I really like this city.
I grew up in a small town in the countryside and I can’t find my peace in a big city.
Seattle is just the perfect size for me and a good balance of city and nature.

Has living in the States affected your perception of American culture? Has it affected the subject matter or style of your paintings?

Yes, as I answered for the first question,
I have big “?” for many times in my life because of the living in 2 cultures.
I was inspired by American/Western culture a lot when I grew up, but still I can tell that what I saw before and now is different. I can see my home country more clearly from the out side, and there are big differences between these two countries.
I guess this feeling is going to be an important theme for my art in the future.

Snack by Yumiko Kayukawa

What do you like about predatory animals?

I love wolves and tigers specially. They are beautiful, and seriously KAWAII for me. But I also have sympathy for them, for being misunderstood. They are pushed to a sad place in history.

If you could be an animal for a day, which would you choose?

A bird, the fruit eating kind (hunting is too much work). I want to try to fly.

Where will you take your next vacation?

It’s gonna be Japan. I haven’t have a chance to going home this year, so I hope to go next year.

What do you do when you aren’t painting?

I love to watch movies, listen to music and read.

How do you want people to feel when they walk away from your paintings?

I hope people feel like something they can’t make into words, as I am when I see a nice art.
Also I hope people laugh at my jokes, not just smile but laugh.
It always makes me happy to see people pointing their finger to my paintings and laughing with friends 🙂

Sweet Water by Yumiko Kayukawa

Come by this Saturday, November 14th from 7-11pm to meet Yumiko Kayukawa and to see her new body of works in person.

Akira x Academy of Art Fashion Illustration

Nothing beats a hands on experience to make your point. Akira (currently showing at The Shooting Gallery) is a teaching assistant at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and he goes the extra mile to get his students out of the classroom. His fashion illustration students joined us in The Shooting Gallery this week for a personal tour of Akira’s works. As they huddled around his 21 oil and watercolor paintings, a few words from the wise floated through the gallery. His short talk made us want to be students of Akira forever.

Akira and Christopher

Leading the class: Akira Beard and Christopher Jernberg

akira students

Akira opened by saying his art is a reflection of culture. It’s like taking a hummer, a military vehicle, and putting it on the streets of SF. Then take that vehicle and put it into an art gallery. In such a manner, Akira re-contextualizes the culture that we experience everyday.

Jean Paul Sartre

Akira said that as Americans living in the modern world, we experience racism, culture, entertainment, etc. He uses icons from these cultures as his subject matter. For example, Jeann-Paul Sartre is a philosopher. He has an American flag on his chest, yet Sartre believes in Existentialism’s theory of taking responsibility for oneself. Americans typically don’t do this, so the irony is clear.

Viktor Frankl

Next is Victor Frankl, the psychologist who proposed theories of Logotherapy. By finding meaning in your life, humans find purpose. Without purpose, we become depressed. In the portrait, Victor wears a Scarface shirt (a symbol of conformity). Although Americans are lost in such meaningless icons, Frankl has the answer.


Pointing to the portrait of Picasso as a gangster, Akira mentioned that different cultural groups relate to this piece on different levels. With its controversial text in the style of a hip hop lyric, some may be offended. He told the story of an African American woman who approached him at a previous opening, where he had hung a bold painting of Fifty Cent. The rapper’s nose and lips had been purposefully exaggerated, drawing attention to the stereotypical views that Caucasians have about African Americans. The woman was so furious that Akira thought she was going to slap him. But she allowed him to speak, and once he explained his reasoning behind the image, she was so impressed that she took pictures of the painting to show her boyfriend.

Students with Akira's paintings

“Being a painter doesn’t make you an artist,” Akira stated. There is craft and concept, and they are separate. Painting a realistic flower is an example of craft, while someone else could urinate on a canvas and call it concept. Having both is the key to being an artist. “You see the conversation,” he said. “My conversation is cultural.”

Akira then pointed out the potential of art. “You can take it as far as you want to take it. Take advantage of it or not. It’s having a voice and saying something.”

Akira with Academy of Art class

Catch the last day of Akira’s current show at The Shooting Gallery which runs through Saturday, November 7th.

Art for the House 11/6


6th Annual Urban Art Silent Auction
to benefit Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program

Art for the House

Friday, November 6th

6-10pm at The Shooting Gallery

839 Larkin (@ O’Farrell)

Please join us for our 6th Urban Art auction to benefit the Central City Hospitality House. This noteworthy organization resides in our own Tenderloin district of San Francisco, and we back all their efforts to aid the local homeless community. The auction will include art work from:

Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program

The Shooting Gallery

Gallery Three

White Walls

Select local artists

We can guarantee you will see works by Greg Gossel, Van Arno, KMNDZ, Fanee, Ramblin Worker, Bryan Schnelle, and Joshua Petker on the ballot.

This is a rare opportunity to see works by such artists in a very affordable price range. Come out to support the local community and walk away with something beautiful. We’ll see you there.

Wild Wild East by Yumiko Kayukawa 11/14

The Shooting Gallery presents:

Wild Wild East

by Yumiko Kayukawa

Opening November 14th 2009 7-11pm

Runs through December 5th 2009

Yumiko Kayukawa

Yumiko Kayukawa

Press Release

SF Weekly: Wolves and tigers and otaku sex objects, oh my!

NY Arts: Interview with Yumiko Kayukawa