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! Follow my day to day adventures via Instagram: studiodeanna

Gallery Aupuni Space @729studios

We've had a beautiful upgrade @729studios and the Aupuni Place is now Aupuni Space @729 Studios in Kaka'a'ko, Honolulu, Hawaii. We are looking forward to seeing many more guests in this new Aupuni Space Gallery. Our first exhibition will be open through the end of February. Work includes those of us with studio space currently, previously, and guest artists to 729 Studios such as; @SolomonEnos, Candice @clgima_art, Chloe @chloetomomi, and Shingo @shinnyzak, @wabyshaka by @shing02 @spenserlittleart from San Diego is an invited artist to PowWow!Hawaii this year and I recognized his work from a show I attended while living in San Diego myself about 8years ago. It was really wonderful to see how far he has come with his wire work! It was through the Contact show in 2016 that I met a lot of other really lovely artists and supporters in Hawaii when I first moved there. It was through Contact two years ago that I was able to obtain my studio space in Kaka'ako and am loving it! In addition to Aupuni Space Gallery opening, we had our first Open Studios, in which, I reconfigured the Invasives project for a fun wall display over the aluminum framing from another installation. To the right you can see my Ami(Net)works installation for the Contact 2018 in its beginning stages. A piece utilizing ghost netting and colored telephone wire to complete a tapestry of my personal Contact Zone with Hawai'i. Additional pieces I included in my Open Studio are fun acrylic abstract experiments from paints given to my by my friend @chloetomomi Chloe also had wall & shelf space to sell some of her watercolor work: To follow more of my day to day art adventures now that I am back in Japan: @studiodeanna on Instagram

Packing List for my Shiro Oni Artist Residency:

Later next month I'll be going to Shiro Oni Studios in Gunma Prefecture here in Japan for an artist residency.  I'm super excited to create the technology reclamation installation project I've had floating around in my head for over a year. Using my background in fibers and metals, building an installation using these materials together again on a large scale feels like the best fit for me and I can't wait to get started! The unexpected resurgence in neon will bring an electric brightness I didn't think possible even a year ago without the use of electric effects. I recently bought all the neon yarns available at the Yuzawaya in Kamata. In the meantime I'm gathering the installation supplies 1 - Cola drowned Macbook 15 - Neon yarns, various material content 4 - balls of black yarn, various material content 1 - spool of black thread 11+ - spools of fun colored copper wire A plethora of crochet hooks in varying sizes 1 - 6ft battery powered el-wire w/AA batteries 1 - Fully loaded tool belt w/screwdriver, hammer, nails, tape, etc. 1 - Set Singer heavy duty upholstery needles 1 - Encyclopedia of Crochet pattern book 1 - Jisaboke! An adorable hand crocheted mushroom and friend made for me to go with a previous installation, Metamorph-Us. Jisaboke means jet lag in Japanese and he often travels with me. Jisaboke reminds to be ever so thankful for the support of so many friends who have continued to encourage me to move forward with my artistic endeavors! Bug Spray Raincoat & Umbrella  - June is Japan's rainy season! Follow me and Jisaboke on Instagram or Twitter, Facebook and by www.studiodeanna.com to watch my progress as I create my latest fiber and metal crochet installation project later in June!