Miya Kaneko at The Container Gallery

“In search of the juncture of three coincidental sites,” the latest exhibition by Miya Kaneko, explores her, “…preoccupation with cities and mapping joins personal, historical and cultural recollections to flesh out a collective memory, and to remind us that places are more than a pin on the ubiquitous GPS-controlled digital maps we have grown so accustomed to…”

Currently at The Container, inside Bross Hair Salon halfway between Meguro & Daikanyama Stns in Tokyo, her show will only be available through Aug 26, 2018:

I’ve enjoyed seeing Miya Kaneko’s work since my friend and I first discovered, by accident, her studio in Yokohama back in 2016. She’s always on my ‘must see’ list when I find her showing work somewhere, whether in Japan or Hawai’i.

Different places evoke different results, each of the aluminum plates shown below represent different areas. I was able to see maps she created for places, such as; Kuala Lumpur, Japan, Hawai’i, and more!

The intricate hanging piece is a unique representation of post-war Tokyo:

Some maps are extremely crowded:

Sitting in the Container Gallery, I took photos from the bottom of the 3D map of Tokyo. Then I chose to change the photo into a black & white as it really highlighted the old city street patterns:

In Nakameguro, after the sakura petals have fallen and the ohanami crowds have faded away, the cherry trees continue their seasonal progression. The leaves come out, the hot summer breezes gently dance through the branches, and the semi (cicadas) are incessant.

As I was searching for a typical, large shipping using my, “…ubiquitous GPS-controlled digital map…” I still had a hard time finding the gallery!

It is camouflaged within the Bross hair salon, having been painted white, same as all the walls and other elements within the salon. The personnel at the salon were welcoming so do stop by to check out the work by Miya Kaneko!

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Rainforest on the Move

Today’s jet lagged post will be a bit haphazard so just sit back and enjoy the eclectic pacing of my latest adventures:

 Everything is still moving forward for me to begin my Artist Residency with Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns, Australia next month! The butterfly research and design work I have been doing for these past months have been to fulfill a 5 year effort to build a wire crochet butterfly art installation.

Photo by Lori Ono
Photo by Lori Ono

The biggest surprise came through a job transition from Japan to Hawaii. Inside a large dishpack moving box went all the materials I need to create my installation. Thankfully it is warm in both Hawaii and Cairns so a basic carry-on can hold all my clothes necessary. The box weighed almost 22KG!! No extra charge for my “luggage -in-a-box” Phew!

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In the hotel in Japan, in the hotel in Hawaii, in the new apartment devoid of furniture, I work each day making steady progress:

Hot Metal Coloured Copper Wire Crochet work in Hawaiian sun. This is the start of the Evodia Tree.

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Special thanks to SpamKNITsubi for the lovely welcome to Hawaii. Through her I was able to meet other fiber artists here in Hawaii and help HotXTea with his installation for Pow!Wow!Hawaii!

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Rug Hooking the rainforest floor using a Locker hook:

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A tree grows in a hotel room:

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This is where it goes!

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Details: Hey, SnB Ladies! Remember that fun green yarn I bought at Classe yarn shop in Daikanyama? It works exactly as I had hoped. The most non-arty person recently said to me, “Hey, that looks like grass!” :)

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 Time for me to get back to work! You can watch my day to day progress on Instagram at StudioDeanna

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– Hibiscus here in Hawaii –