With a background in real estate, Miki Matsuyama is an artist and aspiring interior designer based in Tokyo. Initially, Matsuyama was interested in the transactional side of space and property. This interest, however, has developed into a fascination with the transfer of space – from the architecture, to the screen and finally onto canvas. Through this process, Miki is creating a space of her own following the dimensional shift that occurs with each adaptation.
Matsuyama’s resultant work balances between art and illustration, she creates a light that makes one feel inclined to step inside the space. Yet one should observe and reflect upon the artists particular architectures of form, which offer a unique and personal perspective. The audience is encouraged to peruse and absorb the artworks, much like the artist does when looking for early sparks of inspiration in her surrounding world whether digital or physical.
In 2018, Miki Matsuyama achieved her undergraduate degree from the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo. She also studied Interior Design at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, and spent a year in Paris learning French. Further, Matsuyama gained experience working as a Real Estate Sales Representative at Sotheby’s and as a Gallery Assitant at Galerie Perrotin, both in Tokyo.
Born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1991, Ryoko Kaneta is a Tokyo based artist whose paintings exist as transitional narratives, telling folk tales and ancient Japanese chronicles.
Feminine figures emerge delicately from the canvas, embodying nature season by season. One might fail to define the boundary between the elements and the bodies present in the scene. Yet, by applying sensitive fading techniques, Kaneta seamlessly intertwines all elements of her paintings without concealing a discernable and distinct image.
Ryoko Kaneta graduated from the Yokohama college of Art and Design in 2014 and has since exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia. Growing up Kaneta consumed images of anime and manga; such influences are apparent in her design aesthetic today. As well as these contemporary stimuli, the artist draws inspiration from late 18th century Japanese paintings. Ryoko Kaneta’s works are rooted in history and Japanese tradition yet take ephemeral form, appearing as phenomena.
Born in South Korea, Stickymonger is a New York based artist whose work transforms space into one of pulsating fluctuation. Transfixed by the eerie yet inviting gaze of her animated subjects, the artist offers a guarded insight into her surrealist imagination. A demonstration of dark and light, innocence and anxiety, one is transported into a liminal state of being.
Working across an extensive range of mediums and form, Stickymonger initially trained in Korea and New York as a graphic designer, yet made the transition to fine art early on in her prospering career. Since then, Stickymonger has exhibited extensively all over the world in both group and solo exhibitions. Recent successes include an exhibition of her work at the Frieze Art fair in New York with Murakami Takashi’s Kiki Gallery, a solo show entitled ‘On a Clear Day’ with Hidari Zingaro in Tokyo, and a solo show ‘Parallel Universe’ with Space27 in Hong Kong.
Parallel Universe | Unveiled Limited with Space27, Hong Kong | 05/17~ 05/26/2019
On a Clear Day | Hidari Zingrao Gallery, Tokyo, Japan | 04/05~ 04/23/2019
Searching For Something That Isn’t There | AFA Gallery, New York, USA | 11/15 ~ 12/02/2018
Jelly Bean Blast | Wootbear Gallery , San Francisco, USA | 06/17 ~ 07/13/2017
Jammed | Superchief Gallery, New York, USA | 04/15 ~04/21/2016
Cosmic Girls | Everyday Mooonday Gallery, Seoul, Korea | 01/15 ~03/27/2016
Eye see you, you see eye | Bunny Cutlet Gallery, New York, USA | 01/10 ~ 20/2014
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Frieze Art Fair | Kaikai Kiki Gallery, New York | 05/01~05/05/2019
Art Basel Hong Kong | Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Hong Kong | 03/29~03/31/2019
FEMME | Juxtapoz Project Space, Jersey City, NJ | 03/01 ~ 03/29/2019
DAYP | Myplasticheart, New York, NY | 04/27 ~ 05/25/2018
EAST/WEST | Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 01/13 ~ 02/17/2018
7th Annual Supersonic Invitational | Spoke-Art, NY | 01/06 ~ 01/28/2018
JUXTAPOZ Clubhouse | Superchief Gallery , Miami, FL | 12/ 6~ 12/10, 2017
CIRQUE NOIR | AFA Gallery, New York, NY | 10/01 ~ 10/22/2017
Duality | Wyn317 Gallery, Miami, FL | June, 2017
Formations | Giant Robot Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 02/04 ~ 02/22, 2017
Sensory Overload | Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 01/21 ~ 02/18, 2017
Beneath the New Waves | Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 12/17/2016 ~ 01/14/2017
Tower to Streets | World Trade Gallery, New York, NY | 09/15 ~ 10/17/2016
CHG 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition | Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | 08/27 ~ 09/24/2016
Brooklyn Public | World Trade Gallery, Manhattan, NY | 10/22 ~ 12/01/2015
Tiny Trifecta | Cotton Cancy Machine, Brooklyn, NY | 06/06 ~ 07/05/2015
Bunnycutlet Presents | Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY | 01/16 ~ 02/09/2015
Gemma Holzer (b. 1996)
Born in California, Gemma Holzer is an artist based in London. Primarily, her work is a reflection on childhood, the following emergence into adulthood, and life in the post digital age. The artist uses creative tools including autobiographical illustration, references to popular culture and indications to familiar children’s media.
The artist creates bold, large-scale paintings with brightly coloured acrylics and oils. She uses painterly techniques to attain flat surfaces that mimic digital screens; overly saturated scenes allude to memories of youth. The computerised images, albeit abstracted, are drawn directly from Holzer’s experience of childhood. Further, Holzer’s work addresses interpersonal relationships, loneliness, and reality. The paintings offer a surreal escape, and invite the audience into the make-believe experience constructed by the artist.
The fetus-like creature PinkBoy is the subject of most of the paintings in ‘Alone Together,’ and is reminiscent of familiar cartoon imagery. Holzer is inspired by artists including Charles M. Schultz and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and this is reflected by the motifs in her paintings. PinkBoy is a self-portrait; a stand-in for youth. He is placed within the artificial worlds to raise questions and concerns around being human in today’s age.
2019 Group Show, Got It For Cheap & Velvet Ropes, House of Vans, London UK
2019 BA Degree Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, London UK
2018 Solo Show, Alien Within, Haren Majesteit, Amersfoort Netherlands
2018 Interim Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, Mother, London UK
2018 Group Show, SEX!: Human Construction & Human Connection, Crypt Gallery, London UK
2017 Group Show, Got It For Cheap, curated by 0-0 LA, Worldwide
2017 Group Show, School of Visual Arts, SVA Flatiron Gallery, NYC USA
2017 Interim Show, City & Guilds of London Art School, Crypt Gallery, London UK 2016/2017 Solo Show: Personal Space, Haren Majesteit, Amersfoort Netherlands
2016 Foundation Show, The Art Academy, London UK
2018 Shortlisted for The David Ballardie Memorial Awards
2019, The Shipyard Anchor, San Francisco USA
2019 City & Guilds of London Art School, BA (hons) Fine Art first class
2017 School of Visual Arts NYC, Summer Residency Photography
2016 The Art Academy London, Foundation degree with merit