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Hideaki Kawashima at Richard Heller, Santa Monica

Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Illustration, Tentacles / Cephalopoda by Suzanne on May 6th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia

To be blatantly honest with you, I'm mainly posting this announcement because I deplore the evolution from something as inspired, beautiful and ornamental as this:

Nirvana by Hideaki Kawashima, acrylic on canvas, 2008 - click to enlarge

... to this...

Cool by Hideaki Kawashima, acrylic on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

Yes, I would pull an angsty face too knowing that I've given in to a Mark Rydenised version of Superflat to woo the American art consumer when I actually have lots of obvious and very remarkable talent.

Still, it might just be a phase and I bet it's all a deep satire so complex that my mind simply doesn't GET IT, but at any rate, if, like myself, you prefer the former, check out Hideaki Kawashima's earlier work here at Tomio Koyama, if you prefer the latter, then by all means, do go see his Turning solo show opening tomorrow evening at Richard Heller in Santa Monica. FINE!

Opening reception: May 7, 2011, 4 - 6 PM

On show: May 7 - Jun 14, 2011

Address: Richard Heller Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave, B-5A, Santa Monica, California, 90404, USA, tel: 310-453-9191, email: hellergallery@verizon.net

Gallery hours: Good question! I suggest you email the gallery: hellergallery@verizon.net


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12 comments to " Hideaki Kawashima at Richard Heller, Santa Monica "

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    Dana says:

    Wow...the older work is lovely! I agree with you about the newer pieces. The popularity of wide eyed nymph-like Rydenesque creatures has skyrocketed over the past few years. I wonder if artists are genuinely inspired by this style, or pandering to the market (I cringe to think it's the latter!). Have you seen a transformation like this in other artists?

    May 6th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    I know, I really, really hope he's joking and the title of the piece "Cool" is just so utterly dumb HE MUST BE JOKING.

    If not, then it's really quite sad to give away such technique, attention to detail and passion for Japanese iconography just because there are more lucrative markets. "Cool" has already sold, btw....

    At the moment, I'm not really aware of anyone who's had such a transformation from ethereal to mundane but I'm sure he's not the only one. Sadly.

    Considering his talent, I will definitely give him another chance to impress me with something unique again.

    May 6th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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    Dana says:

    Same here, and I know which blog will keep me posted on future shows. ;-)

    May 7th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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    Dave Sanders says:

    The big eyed characters are influenced by Japanese Anime art, not Mark Ryden.
    Ryden himself was probably influenced by the same Anime. This is not a sellout for the American market as these paintins were created before the show in America was confirmed. The paintings always featured big eyed characters. I really don't understand the need to dump on artists who expand and change especially with such nastiness and venom and in such an uninformed manner.

    May 9th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    If ANYTHING, the big eyes of anime are influenced by early American cartoons, i.e. Betty Boop etc. Read up on Superflat and you'll realise that if anything, Superflat artists are actually proud to work in that genre. I wasn't even criticising that. It's simply a FACT that there's zero essence to the second image. Q.E.D. it's superflat. Nastiness? Venom? COME AGAIN?! Uninformed? Have you any idea how long I've been following the artist's oeuvre? How about you? Read my entry again and you'll see that I actually complimented the artist on his talent. But you chose not to.

    If you want boring art news and everyone praising pretty vapid pieces of art, just don't come here, ey? This is an actually critical blog as I'm an art historian. I think you may want to read Juxtapoz, for instance.

    May 9th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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    Dave Sanders says:

    Here is nastiness: "If not, then it’s really quite sad to give away such technique, attention to detail and passion for Japanese iconography just because there are more lucrative markets"

    Why be a prick! Go do something useful like creating an original idea.

    May 9th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    If that's "nastiness" then what's "freedom of expression" and "art criticism", my friend? Get a thicker skin, maybe? Why does it all upset you so much? Artists who put their work out there, be it painters, musicians, film makers will face criticism and not everyone will like it. End of story. C'est la vie.

    I have plenty of original ideas, thankyouverymuch. You are merely reading my blog and not my life, and this here is just one of my many outlets.

    I would like to know one thing: Why waste your time here, Dave? And why not provide a link so that we may read your inspired blog/website and see all of your original ideas? Thank you.

    May 9th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Ah, no need to answer. IP search says that you're located very closely to the gallery and you're both using the same providers so I'm just assuming you're working for them and happened to come across this piece of not-so-splendid news on the show while googling.

    And even if that's (quite possibly) not true, it's a sweet story.

    I'm sorry you take it all so to heart and I could name you at least 2 "lowbrow" art magazines who gave you raving reviews. So there.

    - THE END -

    May 9th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Post scriptum: http://arrestedmotion.com/2011/05/openings-hideaki-kawashima-turning-richard-heller-gallery/p1080936/

    May 10th, 2011 at 11:33 am

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    Senethra says:

    I NEVER GOT UPSET WITH BEANS because I know he has a mild case of PSD.

    May 12th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

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    Senethra says:

    Ths degrees of the edge of life is to capture the falcon.Christopher, I appreciate your contribution,so dont be so worried, maybe if we try to address the issue soon and get it over with , it will be resolve.

    August 6th, 2011 at 8:06 am

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    Suzanne says:

    I have no idea who Christopher is nor do I understand anything else of what you're saying but I do love your comments.

    August 8th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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