Japanese artist Konatsu, popular for her kaiju Negora character (a hybrid of neko, which is cat in Japanese, and Godzilla), traveled from Japan to make her first appearance in New York to attend the opening reception of her exhibition at myplacticheart in Bowery.
There was a great turnout – with guests of all ages coming for a chance to buy exclusive exhibition items such as custom painted pieces by contributing artists as well as framed artwork.
Line tickets were given out at the gallery which were numbered and used to determine purchase order starting at the beginning of the reception. To give you an idea on how many people wanted a chance to purchase, my ticket was #75! And there were many more behind me! Luckily, my wait until the very end paid off; I was able to buy my very first Konatsu sofubi (soft vinyl) and the one I wanted, which was the Daioh Negora Dilute, pictured below.
Along with the exclusives, there were many other items that anyone could purchase without a ticket such as pouches, art books, felt pins, and more. To check out all the Konatsuya exhibition items still available, click here.
With the artist in attendance, she had the opportunity to do meet and greets with guests, as well as give out some autographs (autographs with sketching were done the next day only for the first 20 people who made a $30 purchase). The highlight of the evening was the rare opportunity to watch a live drawing and painting session by Konatsu herself.
Guests watched as the artist sketched then inked her work. As she sketched, her cute, playful Negora creatures came to life before our eyes. After the inking, she then applied a huge range of watercolors to complete the piece. As she worked the paint to the Negora, one could see the familiar calico, tabby and siamese markings develop. Onlookers couldn’t help but “aww” at the adorable Negora she so skillfully created.
With this being the artist’s first trip to New York, we hope she enjoyed her stay and the opportunity to see the fan base that amassed for her opening reception! With Konatsu being a favorite artist of mine, this was quite the opportunity!
This exhibition will be on display until October 16, 2016. Be sure not to miss it!
myplasticheart – 210 Forsyth Street (between E. Houston and Stanton Streets)