Part II of Bye, Bye 2020 at Launch Pad Gallery in Yokohama

Collage image for Bye, Bye 2020 Group Exhibition at Launch Pad Gallery

Mark your calendar!
Gallery Hours:
Friday, December 11 from 1:00 – 7:00PM
Saturday, December 12 from 1:00 – 7:00PM
Sunday, December 13 from 1:00 – 7:00PM
Monday, December 14 from 1:00 – 7:00PM.

Collage image for Bye, Bye 2020 Group Exhibition at Launch Pad Gallery

Using the materials we are surrounded by, literally the dust from the air we breathe, Michelle Zacharias has transformed the dust into a painting medium.

Relaxing at Launch Pad Gallery, Michelle Zacharias has hung her dust painting on the wall.

Michelle’s painting style with the dust demonstrates its spread across the world. She arrived first on installation day and greets the other artists arriving along with gallerist, Ling Liu.

Bye, Bye 2020 Gallery Statement:
If you remember the continent of Australia was literally on fire in January. There was loss of life, a tremendous amount of physical devastation along with millions of animals, insects and forestry wiped out. That feels like a decade ago. We also had the impeachment of the American president, sudden and tragic losses of cultural figures from sports to cinema, music, art and fashion.
Then came March and the Covid-19 virus arrived and completely upended life as we knew it. A pandemic that’s killed hundreds of thousands, infected millions and exposed how fragile our social fabric is. It’s instilled a level of anxiety that our systems we count on to protect us don’t. Leaders worldwide don’t know what do, while others stopped trying to help altogether. And, billionaires made more billions somehow. Economies are tumbling, political and social instability runs rampant, most notably in the United States on the big stage and in places like Guatemala and Bolivia on the smaller stage.
Again, no one seems to know what to do and citizens worldwide are angry. As if this were not enough, the threat of climate change erasing human beings from the planet by the end of the century marches forward at an alarming rate. 
Needless to say, most of us have spent an extraordinary amount of time indoors this year either numbing our brains with Netflix or YouTube, or possibly thinking deeply about life and death, maybe online making connections on social media to feel less isolated. Probably a combination of all those things for a lot of people.
We decided to hold our last exhibition of the year as a group show to say “Bye Bye 2020”. We put out an open invitation to artists to express something about the year 2020. We chose to accept work unseen and without restrictions. Unpredictable like 2020, it feels like the only way to do this. Hopefully we’ll see some optimism, some pessimism, some humor, some heartbreak; any and all reactions are perfectly valid in a year none of us have experienced before. We hope it serves some kind of catharsis for both the artists and the viewers.
We look forward to seeing the work and having our guests come to discuss, contemplate and vent about 2020 up to now.
Thank you all in advance. 

Names of all the artists showing at the Bye, Bye 2020 exhibition at Launch Pad Gallery

Arthur J Huang, founder of Art Byte Critique, continues his ongoing series of daily drawings which have continued whether his regular train commute happened or not. Arthur has included 2 of his images from his daily drawings library.

Grey-green ink daily drawing artwork, framed, by Arthur J Huang
Grey-green ink Daily Drawing by Arthur J Huang

Many are labeled according to the music he listens while he is completing the sketches. He most recently participated in Tokyo Art Book Fair’s unique showing of a Virtual Art Book Fair.

Blue ink daily drawing by Arthur J Huang
Blue ink Daily Drawing
Artwork of Kaneko Iriguchi using eggshells in square and rectangular forms

Kaneko Iriguchi – Another member of Art Byte Critique, does unique mathematical recordings, repetitions, and other written recordings. Her artwork often is built from those calculations or are the accumulations of these calculations and written recordings. See more of her work on her Instagram: KanekoIriguchi

Stop into Launch Pad Gallery in Yokohama, the nearest station is Ishikawacho on the Keihin-Tohoku Line. Please be sure to wear your mask when you stop by. Thank You!

Orgami face mask representing Covid artwork in Bye Bye 2020 Group Exhibition at Launch Pad Gallery in Yokohama

Published by Studio Deanna

Metals + Fibers + Writing