I ♥ Tools – Paper Sculptures by Makiko Azakami
Thursday, October 13 through Wednesday, October 26
Opening Reception – Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK – 434 Greenwich Street (Entrance on Vestry Street)
I ♥ Tools is an exhibition of new works by Makiko Azakami at hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK. The exhibition will debut a series of her trademark hyper-realistic sculptures of everyday objects made from precisely cut and folded paper.
A former designer for Sony Creative Products, Azakami’s interest in 3D modeling first began in college, when she worked as a modeler in the offices of noted architect Kisho Kurokawa. This interest led to a study of Sogetsu school of flower arrangement and further studies under hat designer Akio Hirata, which formed the basis of her later techniques.
Born in Tokyo in 1958, Azakami has exhibited in more than 40 exhibitions throughout England, Finland, the United States, and Japan, including exhibitions at the Bristol City Museum, the Fukushima Museum of Art, and the Ise Museum of Modern Art. In addition, her work has been employed in book jackets, magazine covers, fashion spreads and billboards across Japan.