SEIZAN Gallery New York group exhibition FLUID PLACES with Japanese artist Motohide Takami

SEIZAN Gallery New York Presents Group Exhibition FLUID PLACES

Fluid Places

Now through Thursday, February 23

SEIZAN Gallery New York – 521 W. 26th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Admission: Free

SEIZAN Gallery New York is presenting Fluid Places, a group exhibition of four artists: Ya-Chin Chang, Yen Yen-Jui Lai, Homer Shew, and Motohide Takami. The exhibition will be on display through February 23.

In bringing together emerging artists of different backgrounds, yet who all share important ties to East Asia, the show surveys the diverse contemporary voices of this community. The intention is to stimulate dialogue among the artists and the viewers of their work.

SEIZAN Gallery New York group exhibition FLUID PLACES with Japanese artist Motohide Takami
FIRE by Motohide Takami

About Motohide Takami

Motohide Takami was born in 1986 in Ishikawa, in the northern part of Japan. While he was a graduate student of Tohoku University of Art in Yamagata, the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 occurred. The disaster and its aftermath had a dramatic impact on the subject matter of his oil paintings. One of his signature images, of flames by the riverside, refers to the Japanese expression “fire on the other side of the river,” meaning it’s someone else’s business. Takami’s ironic examination of human disinterest in tragic events that do not directly impact them makes up his work.

Takami’s paintings have been shown in Japan and in the US, including a solo exhibition in 2019 at SEIZAN Gallery New York.

SEIZAN Gallery New York group exhibition FLUID PLACES with Japanese artist Motohide Takami
New Coat Old Through Line by Ya-Chin Chang. Photo Photo by GION for SEIZAN Gallery New York.

About Ya-Chin Chang

Ya-Chin Chang was born in Hong Kong in 1985. Having previously worked in business, she chose to pursue art and studied traditional drawing and painting methods at ateliers in Florence, Paris, and New York City. Chang now divides her time between Hong Kong and New York.

She sets up playful scenes and dioramas of random objects found in her life as subjects of her paintings. Executed in a classical “Western” painting style, Chang’s miniature worlds offer the viewer a nostalgic, dreamlike experience. Her works have been exhibited at Nathalie Karg (New York), Half Gallery (New York), The Armory Show (New York), and the Spring/Break Art Show (New York and Los Angeles).

SEIZAN Gallery New York group exhibition FLUID PLACES with Japanese artist Motohide Takami
Glacier I by Yen Yen-Jui Lai

About Yen Yen-Jui Lai

Yen Yen-Jui Lai was born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1990. She completed her master’s degree in painting and drawing at Pratt Institute in New York and eventually moved back to Taiwan. An important part of her practice are her daily line drawings. Lai creates drawings of minimal shapes in pencil and watercolor. The drawings sometimes evolve to become installation pieces with video and sound. While Lai’s works are delicate, dreamlike, and whimsical, there is a sense of fear and menace underneath.

“The process (of drawing) feels like a battle; after I finish the works, the fear still exists, but I can live with it,” states the artist. Lai’s works have been shown in New York and in Taipei.

SEIZAN Gallery New York group exhibition FLUID PLACES with Japanese artist Motohide Takami
Andrew Rebatta by Homer Shew

About Homer Shew

Homer Shew was born in Chicago in 1990, studied Visual Art at Bard College, and lives and works in New York. He is committed to a life-long project of making painted portraits of Asian Americans living in the US. The subjects are often his friends and colleagues from art communities.

As a Chinese American, Shew states that the aim of the project is to “re-aestheticize and de-caricaturize Asian faces.” Shew’s works have been exhibited at the Museum of Chinese in America (New York), Art Basel Hong Kong, Kiang Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong), and many other venues.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit SEIZAN’s website.

Featured image by GION for SEIZAN Gallery New York