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CHARLIE COLE Memorial Photo Exhibition: "TANK MAN"

Exhibition Dec. 7, 2019- Jan. 10, 2020
Opening reception Dec. 9 (Mon.) VIP Room 19:00 -21:00

American photographer Charlie Cole won the World Press Photo of the Year in 1989 for his instantly recognizable "Tank Man" photo that depicted a lone protester staring down four tanks in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. He passed away at his home in Bali in early September after apparently suffering complications from a motorcycle injury he sustained in Japan in the late 1990s. The Texas native was 64 and is survived by his wife Rosa.

Cole arrived in Japan in 1980, and over the next two decades, he shot many telling moments in and around Asia for publications including Newsweek, Time, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. When Newsweek sent him to China in late June 1989, to cover the student protests, little did he know that his presence on that hotel balcony overlooking Tiananmen Square would incur the wrath of Chinese authorities who spotted him aiming his 300mm lens. Within minutes, police had forced their way into his room
to retrieve the film, but Cole, suspecting a possible visit, cleverly hid the precious roll of celluloid evidence inside the lid of his toilet, frustrating the authorities no end. Managing to avoid police surveillance, Cole brought the precious image to the Associated Press office in Beijing and had it immediately transmitted to Newsweek in the U.S. "I think his action (the white-shirted man) captured people's hearts everywhere, and when the moment came, his character defined the moment rather than the moment defining him," Cole told a BBC interviewer in 2005.

Charlie, your skill, selflessness and bravery to bring the truth about this history-defining moment, as illustrated so poetically through that one image, ensures that the world will not forget. We will not forget you.

Charlie Cole was born in Texas in 1955. He won the World Press Photo in 1989 for his history-defining "Tank Man" photo. Cole died in Bali at his home in early September aged 64.

charlie cole340p

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

Kengo Kuma
Nov. 2 - Dec. 6, 2019

FCCJ is hosting an exhibition of my work that will be something of a departure from normal. My architecture is described as "world architecture," and I think this term is very appropriate. The early 20th century saw the emergence of what was called "international architecture," and in the 1980s we started to hear the term "global architecture." But I prefer the term "world architecture," with its connotations of world music. There are current projects involving more than 20 countries that really give me a feeling of being part of a world movement. And this is the spirit that I have tried to convey in my exhibition.

bio
Kengo Kuma & Associates has received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.

His message FCCJ received (please click to download pdf file)

VA Dundee Museum by Ross Fraser McLean 340p

V&A Dundee Museum

photo credit Ross Fraser McLean

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

 

THE PAPER for Art and LifeTHE PAPER for Art and Life 300dpi

Artwork by Hiroshi Sunto

Oct. 5 - Nov. 1, 2019

Oct. 10 (Thur.) opening reception 19:00 -21:00 VIP Room.

I studied nihonga-style painting since I was young and a few years ago began experimenting with stiff oil painting brushes to make thick line portraits. With a background in designing magazines and record jacket covers, I enjoy creating images that are bold and graphic. I didn't have any particular plans for showcasing these paintings until a friend suggested making a large tabloid size free-paper and putting my artworks on the cover. I though it was fun idea to do something in printed media as so much of the work nowadays is shown digitally over the internet. The artwork in this exhibition is the process that led to the creation of the 'THE PAPER'

Hiroshi Sunto bio

Born in Tokyo in 1955. Sunto began his career at Nippon Design Center and later moved to Breakfast, a design office presided by Ryoko Ishioka. In 1985, he opened Sunto Graphics and has designed album covers for over 130 musicians, including Motoharu Sano, Dreams Come True, and Eikichi Yazawa. In addition, he has been the creative director for a number of magazines. This year, Sunto launched his large format free-paper 'THE PAPER'.

Bruce Osborn / FCCJ Exhibition Chair

 

SAMURAI SPIRIT - The Aesthetic of Bushidoh
Painting exhibition by Atsuki Settangeli
Sept. 7 - Oct. 4, 2019Atsuki Settangeli 300p

"Pride weighs heavier than life itself" - As something we modern people have forgot, these words sound an echo in our hearts. Here is the way of life seeking true value in modern society dominated by capitalism. This is the reason why I paint the series SAMURAI SPIRIT. A pride that refers to a way of living and discovering a life in a sense of aesthetics. As a modern expressionist, I would like to live up to this aesthetics of myself.

 

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Asuki Settangeli Profile

NEOISM - A proprietary way to express past artistic works and combined with modern sense.

Focusing on the Italian Renaissance culture, which had an impact on art, philosophy and religion, particularly Leonardo da Vinci, whom I feel is greatest example on which to aim. Additional influences are Japanese "Bushido" and "Dandyism" as a basis for life perspectives along with 1970s culture, especially record album covers and movie posters.

Atsuki Settangeli official site -DRAGON RISING-
https://www.facebook.com/Settangeli/

 

Exhibition Committee

 

Lafcadio Hearn vs. Mokujiki Shonin: The stories of two nomads
Kamikiri (paper cutting artwork) by Katsuyuki Yagi

Exhibition Aug. 3 - Sept. 6, 2019
Aug. 5 (Mon.) opening reception 19:00 - 21:00 VIP Room

Lafcadio Hearn, also known by his Japanese name Yakumo Koizumi, was a writer known for his books about Japan, particularly Yokai stories of supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore. Originally born in Greece, he was raised in Dublin, educated in England and France, and worked in United State before moving to Japan in 1890. In addition to Hearn's writings, he taught literature at Tokyo and Wasuda universities, influencing many well-known Japanese writers at that time.

The other subject of this exhibition is Mokujiki Shonin, a wondering monk and artist who traveled throughout Japan depositing his smiling Buddha sculptures at the sacred sites he visited. During his pilgrimage which took him from the northern part Hokkaido to the southern island of Kyushu, Mokujiki Shonin made over a thousand of "Min-gei" sculptures, the name that has been given to describe freedom and harshness of nature and the innocence of this artwork.

Katsuyuki Yagi
Born in Yaizu, Shizuoka in 1947 and began to specialize in papercutting art while working as a history and literature museum curator. Katsuyuki's unique artworks are created by cutting authentic Chinese papers with traditional hand-made scissors. It is like the "kamikiri" performances seen in the Japanese theater, Katsuyuki constructs his artwork using a high-speed paper-cutting technique. His artworks are highly acclaimed in Lafcadio Hearn's alma mater in England and Mokujiki Shonin's birthplace in Yamanashi prefecture. As always, Katsuyuki's traveling scissors depict not only the spirit of the people, but also the power of the land.

Katsuyuki Yagi 350p

The Exhibition Committee

 

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