‘Artists Help Japan’ ebay auction (4 days left)…

Audrey Kawasaki's piece for 'Artists Help Japan'

The ‘Artists Help Japan’ auction is off and running on ebay. Curator Christina Conway came up with the idea of having the artists paint “emas” (traditional Japanese prayer plaques). 100% of the proceeds will benefit Give2Asia Earthquake and Tsunami 2011 Fund. You have until April 10, 2011 to bid.

Check out the works in the ‘Artists Help Japan’ auction here:

In addition to Audrey Kawasaki, the auction also features works from Amy Crehore, Fawn Fruits, Joel Nakamura, Kelly Vivanco, Aaron Meshon, Allison Sommers, Yoskay Yamamoto, Jeya, Zoe Williams, Lilly Piri, MALL, Axelhoney, Lorena Alvarez, Celene Petrulak, Amy Huddleston and X03.

‘Erotica’ book from Juxtapoz now available…

The latest book published by Juxtapoz - now available.

Sexuality is one of the most enigmatic facets of the human psyche. Writers and artists have spent untold ink in an effort to unravel the mysteries of our libidinous tendencies.

‘Erotica’, the new book from Juxtapoz, features titillating explorations of the subject matter by two dozen of the most exciting artists working today. Some featured works are meticulously illustrated, some abstract in style, some realistic, some forays into fantastic worlds that fuel the imagination. ‘Erotica’ includes samplings from David Choe, Audrey Kawasaki, Tara McPherson, James Jean, Rockin’ Jelly Bean, Gary Baseman, Tomer Hanuka, and many more.

Audrey Kawasaki's featured spread in 'Erotica' - now available at Juxtapoz.com

Pick up your copy today at www.juxtapoz.com – just click on the ‘store’ link and go to the ‘books’ section. Act fast and you’ll get a free print with purchase!

‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Audrey Kawasaki – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (Sat, Nov. 6th)

Audrey Kawasaki 'My Little Secrets' - Oil and graphite on wood panel - 24x24"

“If you’re looking for one art show to attend this year, I’d like to suggest Thinkspace’s upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn’t just follow trends, they start them.” – MyModernMet.com

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Audrey Kawasaki

Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
It’s about flowy looseness and unpredictability. Random lines and colors. Intuition. Impulse. About inconsistency… How things change and pass.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I just began showing at galleries around that year, so i feel like we started and grew together. I’m happy to still be a part of Thinkspace. 🙂

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
A window with a breeze, a carpet/rug to lie on, laptop for muses and music, cats to lounge with, all my paints and brushes and panels and tools.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
I will keep painting. Hopefully have a book out by then. New projects. More shows in other countries. Travel. Live comfortably but with new thrills and excitement and change.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
A 3 or 4 person show at Merry Karnowsky in Spring and a four-person show at Thinkspace in Fall.

Artist website: www.audrey-kawasaki.com

Check out the ‘Sneak Peek’ for our 5 Year Anniversary group show here:

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 48 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

Opening Reception: Sat, Nov. 6th, 2010 7-10PM
On view: Nov. 6th – Nov. 27th, 2010

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

Studio visit with Audrey Kawasaki

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Had the pleasure of swinging by Audrey Kawasaki‘s home recently to take a look at the works for her upcoming debut NYC solo show set to take place at Jonathan LeVine Gallery this December. Audrey has already completed 15 beautiful new works for the show and will also be completing some drawings and smaller works in time for the show. The new works are by far her strongest yet and really build on the narrative and feature some new elements which are sure to be a big hit with her loyal and ever-growing following.

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Audrey Kawasaki
“Hajimari – A Prelude”

Dec. 12th, 2009 – Jan. 9th, 2010
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor in NYC

Audrey Kawasaki’s 1st solo in Japan draws near…

Audrey Kawasaki @ Space Yui – May 9th

Space Yui

Tokyo, Japan

We first posted about this special show here back in late March. Audrey has recently updated her blog with a new image of works in progress (above). She continues to excel and the new works are just beautiful. Very much looking forward to seeing all the works in the show, as I’m sure many of you are as well. Soon as we see more, we’ll be sure to post here to share.

Juxtapoz, Art Ltd., & Artillery cover our Nov. exhibits…

Art Ltd. has a great review (see above press clipping) of our November exhibit with Timothy Karpinski in the new issue now hitting news stands and galleries. To view the review online, check it out here.

“Karpinski’s installations and paintings emit a spirit of gentleness untouched by many of his contemporaries. ‘The Place I Call Home’ delivers work that makes you want to fall in love or lounge underneath a weeping willow.” – Art Ltd.

The folks over at Artillery have also covered our November exhibition, this time focusing on the main gallery’s exhibit, The Drawing Room – curated by Audrey Kawasaki. The review of the show will be in the new issue hitting galleries and museums this week. There is also a very interesting feature / mini-interview (though I’m misquoted once or twice) with Audrey that is an online exclusive with Artillery – check it out here.

“Those who’ve seen one of her creations in person know that any tree would be happy to give its life for Audrey’s cause; it seems as though it grew the way it did – a knot here, a line there – to compliment her own lines and knots of hair.” – Artillery
On top of all that, Juxtapoz ran some great shots from the opening reception, including a priceless shot of Karpinski passed out at evening’s end in the lil’ chair from his installation.