Art

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

Sep 9, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

I just returned from Japan, where it has been unusually hot this summer.  To escape the heat, my family and I stayed in Hakone for a few days.  (It is higher in altitude than Tokyo but we found that it was equally hot in Hakone, too.)  The area is known for its beautiful countryside and historic hot spring, but during this visit we also fell in love with the Hakone Open-Air Museum.

Most of the work is installed outdoors, where the sun and foliage play against the art.  Many of the pieces were interactive, like the garden maze above.

Even though the art never seemed overcrowded, there were things to see at every turn.  It felt like an outdoor version of Charles and Ray Eames' living room: things weren't on display, they were placed as a backdrop for living.

We could also make our own sculpture, using colorful foam pieces imagined by architect Mikiko Endo. (I love the fact that architects in Japan work on such a wide range of artistic projects.)

Almost everything in the museum was enjoyable for children.  They seemed to understand what the art wanted them to do - to touch, to inquire, and to enjoy.  The child in me really liked the woven sculpture by Toshiko Horiuchi, housed in a heavy timber pavilion by Tezuka Architects.

I feel refreshed and inspired after seeing art and architecture working together to create an environment that everyone can enjoy.  I recommend you visit the museum next time you're in Japan.

Topics: Art, Inspiration, Life

Limited Edition Jeremy Dubow notepads still available

Jun 28, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

three designs

Opening reception for our Portrait show was a great success. Artist signed and numbered notepads are still available but are limited in supply. $10 for 1 or $27 for a pack of 3. Comment on this post or send me an email with your order.
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Each of the 27 portraits in the show had a number, corresponding to the chronological order in which Jeremy painted them.  3 of those paintings were selected and graphically produced into booklet format by Beadle Design.  Choose from these styles:
No. 2 is an orange portrait, with blank paper.
No. 3 is a pink portrait, with lined paper.
No. 5 is a blue portrait, with gridded paper.
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No obligation to buy the notepad with my face on it, although it gives you an excuse to draw a huge mustache on me.  Buy all three and you can explore all kinds of facial hair.
Topics: Art, Office

More portraits by Jeremy Dubow

Jun 14, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

I am very excited about our upcoming show.  I hope you can join us for our opening night reception.

June Art Show: Jeremy Dubow

Jun 3, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Jeremy Dubow: Portraits

Opening night reception on Friday June 25, 2010, 5pm – 8pm

On display through July, by appointment only

hiromi ogawa architects

107 SE Washington Street Suite 150

Portland, OR 97214

Phone: (503) 477-7075

Jeremy Dubow’s first series of 3-hour head studies are a meditation on the form and essence of the subject with an emphasis on decisive brush strokes.  This show will feature 27 telling portraits, with many of the models present during the opening.

Jeremy Dubow was born in 1974 in San Francisco, California.  His formal education included studies at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.  At the heart of his work, he combines both his love for classical art and contemporary realism.  He has shown his work at numerous galleries, and has been featured in OPB’s Oregon Art Beat.  In addition to his own body of work, he is commissioned to paint private portraits for individuals.

Topics: Art, Office

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