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BOMB MY RIDE!

April 21st, 2010 Stephen No comments

At the gallery’s last Kawaii 2 event, I had my scooter BOMBED by one of the visiting artists, David Shillinglaw, courtesy of the Nara-based Headspace Gallery crew, who were in town doing a mural for us. Now, I want to offer anyone else the same chance to BOMB MY RIDE. As an ongoing art project, I will allow any kind of design to be painted onto my scooter. I’ll drive it around Tokyo as usual, and when I’m working at the gallery, the mobile art piece will be prominently displayed just outside. So, if you have the itch to tag, bomb, paint, draw or cover my ride in any other, interesting and artistic fashion, please let me know. Hopefully the design can change on a monthly basis…. so let ‘er rip!

contact me at: stephen@designfesta.com

 

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Check your HEADSPACE!

March 12th, 2010 Stephen No comments

Design Festa was created to help artists get their chance, to be a place where anyone can participate. It seems like the idea is catching on, especially in the Kansai area.

HEADSPACE is a new gallery/studio, and an upcoming event, that both hope to get Kansai’s artistic blood pumping. Partners Jamie Goodenough and Lee Walton are in the throws of organizing both ventures,  and hope that Headspace can do for Kansai what Design Festa has done in Tokyo.

Their inaugural event is being held on April 17, at Cafe Absinthe. For more info, see the flyer below, or visit their website at: www.headspace.jp

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for more info on the gallery, and the upcoming event, please check out their recent interview in Japanzine.

http://www.seekjapan.jp/article/jz/2606/Art+Me+Up:+Birth+of+Studio+Headspace+

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‘Carte Blanche’ Photo Exhibit Wants You!

February 12th, 2010 Stephen No comments

CARTE BLANCHE – to have free rein to choose whatever course of action you want.

18 PHOTOGRAPHERS
VARIOUS THEMES & STYLES
APRIL 9/10/11, 2010
¥10 000 RENTAL FEE*
DESIGN FESTA EAST GALLERY ROOM 201 & 202
http://www.designfestagallery.com/outline/room/room_201202_en.html

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFORMATION!
I am looking forward to hearing from all of you.

Thanks!

Stephen Lebovits
www.brokenfotografy.smugmug.com

*please not that the Rental Fee is for one (1) 7 foot wide X 9 foot tall space in the L-shaped room, and does not cover any ancillary costs such as printing, matting, framing, promotional material or the like. all ancillary costs are borne by the exhibiting photographer.

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A Whole Lot of Shashin Going On!

January 9th, 2010 Stephen No comments

Well if you’ve tuned in at all today you know that the DF East Gallery has been over run by photography enthusiasts, pro-shooters, workshops, all courtesy of Phat Photo Magazine. In this segment I tag along with Japanese photographer Mika Rosa, who is leading a gaggle of film enthusiasts through the streets of Harajuku and Omotesando.

FYI, Mika Posa is a professional photographer from Japan whose specialty is shooting children (not really of course, photographically!). She has worked in Paris and therefore speaks Francais, fun to know if you’re me, an expat from Montreal. Lately she shoots digital, Canon, but for that we can excuse here (ahem, I shoot Nikon, but she probably makes more money than I do, so were even I guess!).

So without any further ado, here are some shots of the shooters…

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PHAT PHOTO WANTS YOU!!!

December 8th, 2009 Stephen 1 comment

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hey shutterbugs,

Design Festa is having a blow-out photo event next month – all 3 floors of the East Gallery will be taken over by Phat Photo Magazine, one of the cooler, japanese photo rags, and they are having a contest. so, if  you want in on this event, or you want to enter the contest (and you can read japanese) then follow this link:

http://www.phatphoto.jp/photosalad/exhibition.html

the event runs from saturday jan 9 > 15th with workshops, photo book publishers and some industry-heavy-hitters too, so this is a great chance to find out more about photography in tokyo, and japan.

i know i’ll be there, will you?

for more details, please visit: http://www.phatphoto.jp/photosalad/

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Black Hold Project in Effect!

November 23rd, 2009 Stephen No comments

Satoshi (l) and Miyamoto (r) are friends, but their art is very different.

While Satoshi uses bright color in creating his images, Miyamoto is all about duality, angularity and the discovery hidden gems. To put it another way, Satoshi’s art hits you in the face like a wet fish, while Mityamoto’s forces you to cast your eyes over the entirety, angling and hooking your catch along the way.

Maybe not the best way to describe art, but effective nonetheless me thinks!

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Cute, and Disturbing, Illustrations

November 23rd, 2009 Stephen No comments

it’s easy to get lost in the dreamy colors of umiko’s illustrations, only to be jarred back to reality by oddly placed, warped imagery.  juxtaposition is her forte, while light, pastel hues lull us into false sense of comfort. unusual!

aoki, on the other hand, takes us by the hand in visiting strange places populated by elfin characters, where a pervading loss of innocence is mixed with a subtle wickedness. kaleidescopic colors draw you into nether-worldly surroundings – beware!

for more info on these artists, please visit them at:

http://kokkeinasiro.kanashibari.jp/

http://blacktower.web.fc2.com

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