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Address: 1 Chome-34 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0041, Japan
You may have been to our gallery recently as we held our warehouse sale out of there last month. We had a whole lot of superstars in the building digging through t-shirt mountain and the sneaker stax of doom – Soapdos of Madrid was helping, the lo-life crew of Boston rolled through, Braun Draper(1/2 of Bladerunners) was spotted bleary eyed clutching some 10.5 Nikes. It was a smorgasborg of human limbs.
We’re happy to announce that is over and we are starting preparations for a huge solo show for Kenji Nakayama’s new body of work. I saw it in person at a studio visit and I was geeked out immediately. This represents a huge evolution for a career artist that has already mastered photo realistic stencils, sign painting and pin striping. You are gonna love this.
The full press release is below.
For Immediate Release (PDF DL)
February 28, 2014
Contact: Oliver Mak, email@example.com
Fourth Wall Project Announces “Études”, the first major Boston solo exhibition of Kenji Nakayama, Opens April 18, 2014
Fourth Wall Project is pleased to announce the first major Boston solo exhibition of artist Kenji Nakayama. Opening Friday, April 18, 2014 with a public reception from 7 to 9pm, “Études” marks a major departure in Nakayama’s oeuvre and debuts new bodies of work that are abstract and entirely focused on line, color, and texture. The exhibition is curated by Kristen Wawruck and will be on view through May 18, 2014.
“Études” centers around forty-nine abstract compositions on paper that showcase the art of pinstriping–a technique of decorative painting that Nakayama has dedicated the last decade to mastering. Learning pinstriping was the impetus for Nakayama’s move to the US from Japan, and while his past pinstriping pieces have adorned text on signs, antique saws, motorcycles, and other practical surfaces, “Études” strips context and subject away in favor of a formalist exploration.
The exhibition title refers to the classical music composition format that is characteristically brief, albeit technically challenging, and provides a vehicle for virtuosity. This body of work was created over the last seven months, and for each piece, Nakayama worked within rigid parameters: black paper, acrylic line work, and a white enamel finish that serves as a compositional “anchor”–a black and white horizontal compass for line and color to live within.
The series begins with several rosettes created in summer and fall of 2013, which conjures stained glass, mandalas, and hubcaps. Nakayama’s work transitions organically from circular works to more calligraphic compositions that meander from central points, or–as with his later works, are repetitive and script-like. Later works in the series inspiration from Edo-era signage, which is defined by thick and heavy brushstrokes.
The number of works created in this series–forty-nine–refers to the period of mourning that is observed within Zen Buddhist traditions. Within this ritual, it is believed that the spirit of the deceased will transition into the next realm after a forty-nine day period; the forty-ninth day is celebrated by family and friends with a ceremony.
“Études” features other works on repurposed objects and panels. A discarded crucifix is given a gold, red, and black pinstriping treatment that evokes Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox motifs, while other surfaces, such as mirrors, play host to totemic compositions that reference Pacific Northwest American Indian, Japanese Buddhist, and Ainu art. As with the Études series, these distinctive works are defined by symmetry and balance of line and color.
“Études” is made possible through the support of Converse, Inc. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 1PM to 6PM, Wednesday through Friday, and from 1PM to 5PM on Sunday.
“Études” is organized by Kristen Wawruck, a New York City-based arts professional. Additional information about the exhibition can be found here: http://fourthwallproject.com/kenji.
About The Artist:
Kenji Nakayama was born in Tomakomai on the island of Hokkaido, Japan in 1979. A mechanical engineer by education, Nakayama made a significant life change in 2004 with a move to Boston, Massachusetts to study traditional sign painting and to dedicate his time and energy to art-making. Nakayama’s diverse practice ranges from careful pinstriping and gilded lettering to hand-cut, multi-layered stencil paintings. Each intricately carved stencil painting is a unique manifestation of documenting and responding to the environment surrounding him, and often takes months to complete. His work serves as a personal diary of experience and influence, and his process can be described as a balance between meditation and highly-trained craftsmanship. Music, solitude, humor, motorcycles, and urban decay serve as direct sources of inspiration.
Nakayama’s work has been exhibited widely across the US and abroad in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He attended a mechanical institute from 1998-2002 in Tokyo, and studied traditional sign painting at Butera School of Arts 2004-2006 in Boston. Nakayama worked as a footwear designer at Converse from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, he began working with the Boston-based sign painting company Best Dressed Signs, in addition to working on independent projects. He currently lives and works in Boston.
About Fourth Wall Project:
Fourth Wall Project was founded in 2009 by the team behind iconic installation art/fashion space Bodega with a goal of creating more places for punks to loiter, artists to flourish, and facilitate exhibitions by emerging visionaries. The Bodega Crew’s original concept was to turn dormant commercial spaces into pop up gallery spaces, thus reclaiming urban space for public art projects and progressive exhibitions. Independent/DIY and local artist projects take priority in gallery programming, which is complemented by exhibitions of international artists. The gallery was awarded Boston’s Best Gallery by the Improper Bostonian in 2010. Fourth Wall Project is currently located at 132 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.
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-”In progressive shapes that embody modernity, simplicity and style, our travel goods are made from innovative materials that feel personal and offer durability so you can keep them close and for a long time.”
Parisian label, Côte&Ciel, meaning coast and sky strives to create products that are as functional as they are stylish. Aiming for the nomadic and adventurous type, Côte&Ciel develops travel goods that balance modern fabrics with architectural shapes, to make bags, rucksacks and sleeves that complement your lifestyle and also protect your devices. We had the pleasure of speaking with Côte&Ciel Commercial Director, Monica Salmaso. Click below for the full interview and some imagery of their latest line of backpacks.
It’s that time of the year again-
The annual Bodega warehouse sale kicks off this Friday 2/21 and goes all weekend until Sunday 2/23 at our gallery, Fourthwall Project (132 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA). All kinds of fun stuff will be happening, like expensive stuff for cheap and cheap stuff for cheaper. The savings start at 40% OFF on 2/21 and increase by 10% daily, so the longer you wait – the less product there will be. Bless!
UK based brand, Weekend Offender, largely known for their quirky and vibrant deigns has yet again produced a seasonal line that absolutely kills the game. Influenced by a range of subcultures such as terrace casuals and the acid house scene, the brand strives to produce innovative products that keep in line with what inspires them the most; music, film and fun.
The brand ethos states that anyone can be Weekend Offenders and so the designs and the brand continue to evolve with these elements in mind. Their most recent line features an array of well crafted products such as lambswool knit hoodies, simple pocket tees and multicolor woven button ups. We had the pleasure of speaking with WO’s company director about their newest collection. Click below to see the full conversation and a detailed look at their full line.
The latest installation at the shop features works from Boston’s own, Rashad Nelson – in addition the pieces hanging throughout the space he hit our wall with something new.
Rashad Nelson was born August 17th, 1991 in Boston Massachusetts. He grew up in the Roslindale neighborhood where he lived with his grandparents who contributed greatly to his artistic development during his early years. Rashad first picked up drawing at the age of 8 and his passion, creativity, and his unique eye for design allowed others close to him to see his potential. At the age of 10 Rashad began building model cars, largely inspired by his grandfather’s collection. Meticulously, he would build them and paint them until they fit his standard of perfection; a standard which at his age could be seen as unrealistic. The small, minute details of these model cars, from the shiny chrome handles to the treads in the tiny tires, became his obsession. He would translate these ideas of how cars should look like into sketches with pencil and paper.
During his early teenage years, Rashad’s interest in art and his rebellious spirit drew him to the relatively underground and emerging graffiti and street art world. He moved around the city at night, writing his tag name in various hand styles on walls, street signs, utility poles, or any other visible surface he could access legally or illegally. By the age of 14 his name was featured prominently on the side streets and avenues of Hyde Park and Jamaica Plain.
Around this time Rashad was introduced to the non-profit organization Artists for Humanity. It was here, where he began to learn more about painting and started to refine his raw artistic ability and technique. His experience graffiti bombing the streets played heavily into his unique abstract style, and now armed with a paint brush he was able to bring together both worlds. The resulting works were recognized by others immediately for their ability to grasp attention and evoke emotion.
Rashad has continued to spend his free time on his original artistic outlet of sketching. His love for the arts also extends into music and fashion and is conveyed through his wardrobe.
QUILT – Held In Splendor (Mexican Summer)
You may recognize Quilt members Anna and Shane from last year’s Bodega photoshoot in Acclaim Magazine(AUS) or if you came through to last year’s warehouse sale at our gallery – hell, you may even spot some of Anna’s poetry in our funked up product descriptions in the online sale. Did you know that they are the current standard bearer for contemporary psychedelic rock sounds? Proof? Well, you should definitely check them out while they are on tour in North America and Europe this spring! But you can also peep their recent record – Held In Splendor – on some decent headphones.
RIYL: Tame Impala, Zombies, Galaxy 500, Fleetwood Mac, Incredible String Cheese Band.
Doug Tuttle – S/T (Trouble In Mind Records)
The other record I wanted to hip you to is something you may have heard about from Spin or NPR – Doug Tuttle’s Self Titled solo record came out the end of last month and it is on constant play in my living room. He’s the genius behind the now defunct MMoss, and I was lucky enough to catch his live set at the Middlesex. Definitely recommend seeing him live since it’s a freaking super band behind him comprised of members of Apollo Sunshine and Creaturos.
RIYL: Neil Young, Kurt Vile, The Bachs, Harumi, CCR, Mayo Thompson, Byrds
It should also be noted that Shane from Quilt invented the Air 1080 at last year’s sale. Nike, please call my dude to sort out contract and payment.
Working with the esteemed Canadian sweater company Granted – we created a truly beautiful 100% hand knit wool sweater with an iconic portrait of Malcolm X, in honor of his legacy. Due to the hand knit processes- no two pieces are truly identical and with only about 20 manufactured, the sweater will be available exclusively through Bodega [in-store and online at bdgastore.com]. Retail is set at $500 and the release is set for Saturday, February 8th at noon EST. For more detailed photos hit the jump. Read the rest of this entry »