March 02, 2010

Winter Update

Hi guys, I haven't had a chance to write for some time, so I finally got a handful of minutes to pop an entry. A lot has been going on for the past few months. I've been busy with work, fighting the evil forces of a sluggish economy to keep the shop going, and I tell you I'm quite exhausted. Things are finally starting to very very very slowly turn for the less worse, and that makes me quite happy. I've had a chance to work with some very cool people on new and exciting projects and that contributes greatly to a positive outlook on things.

One new addition to my life that is helping me feel much better is my new puppy, Chelsea, a cute little beagle who loves to play, eat and sleep. She's 6 months old today and at the end of a busy day she's right there with her tail wagging ready to go out for a walk. At home she has her own little cage, but she loves to get out of it whenever possible. We've been going to a nice little park not far from the house where lots of other dogs go and hang out. It's really beautiful and there I can let her off her leash and she can run to her heart's content. She gets busy chasing pigeons, wind-blown leafs and anything plastic. She loves chewing on plastic. She loves meeting other dogs too, she's quite friendly. Well, a bit too friendly at times jumping on strangers whenever they walk by.

If you know beagles, then you know they have a one track mind. Literally, she loves tracking. When she catches a scent there's no command that can get her back to me except for doggy treats. Food is her kryptonite, the challenge is to have tastier food on hand than she can find lying around in the park.

Chelsea came into my life quite suddenly, just after Christmas and a few days before New Years. Since then I've been working hard to train her. So far she'll obey two commands: sit and catch. She fetches, but runs off way past me on her way back.
She could work for the postal service as she loves walking in all kinds of weather. She's not bothered by rain at all, in fact, she tries to drink from whatever puddle she comes across. I keep her on a short leash, since she loves going off after whatever scent she catches and will ignore virtually all calls.

When the weather gets better I'd love to take her out to the countryside. I love the area around Haibara in Nara, with its streams, rivers and mountains. I think she would love it there too. I think that when she grows up, she's gonna be a bigger dog than I thought. She's 6 months old, yesterday we met another beagle that's twice her age and actually a bit smaller.
She's outgrown the bike's basket and soon will have to try and train her to run alongside when I ride. She's still too young for serious exercise, most people say that she shouldn't run more than half a mile max till she's 18 months.

Well, that's pretty much it for now, at least that's all I have to time to write about today. If you come by for a visit, you might get a chance to play with Chelsea.

See ya!

February 11, 2010

OPEN CALL: Photography Exhibition "Haru"


春の写真交流展 参加者募集! 

SoHo企画 第1回写真公募展 募集要項

開催日時   2010年 4月2日(金)〜4月4日(日)
交流パーティ  4月3日(土)pm18:00〜20:00
時間   pm12:00〜19:00 最終日(日)のみ17:00
場所   SoHoアートギャラリー  
     大阪市天王寺区生玉町9−18 06−4394−7456
参加費  ¥3,000(出展料、DM作成費、その他経費)    
*テーマ  春     
*サイズ  四つ切り大(279x356)フレーム不可 1作品。
*キャプション  名刺サイズに(タイトル、名前、(撮影データ、絞り、シャッタースピード等)を記入。


搬入     4月1日(木)pm13:00〜19:00
搬出     4月4日(日)pm17:00〜18:00

January 14, 2010


2010.1.25 - 1.30

We are happy to announce the upcoming contemporary art group exhibition organized by SoHo Art Gallery of Osaka to take place at the Osaka Contemporary Art Centre's Exhibition Room A, from January 25th to January 30th, 2010.

This special exhibition features new graphic, painting, sculpture, installation, multimedia and performance art works by 38 emerging and established artists from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand and The U.S., who're often living and working between their home countries and Osaka.

The goal of this exhibition is to present the public with a comprehensive collection of unique new works addressing issues in contemporary art by artists working or living in a transnational context.

Featured artists:
anata, Seishi ISHIDA, Youichi ITAKURA, Hirotaka ICHIKAWA, Ryohei OBATA, Takayuki OSHIMA, Hiroyuki OGOSHI, Tiery Le... (France), Yoshinobu KAWATAKE, Akiko KAWABATA, Atsuhiro KANZAKI, Ataru KOZORU, Masatoshi GOTO, Yusuke SAKAO, Yoshihisa SANO, Yuki SHIGEOKA, Masato SUNAMI, zipertatou (Canada), Kanako TAKADA, Sanae TAMURA, Rick TUAZON (U.S.A.), Yukiko TSUSHIMA, Vinh TRUONG (Canada), Krzysztof DEBICKI (Canada), Kunihiko NAKANO, Tomoyuki NAKAMOTO, Kouichi NISHIMURA, Kotaro HACHINOHE, Yuuki HATSUKANO, Charles-Éric BILLARD (Canada), VHS, Jason FERGUSON (Australia), Sarah VAN MARCKE (Belgium), Yoko MARUYAMA, Akiyo MUGURUMA, Marie YAMADA, Kenji YOSHIDA and RANDOM (New Zealand).

Contemporary Art on display: Paintings (Oils, acrylics, mixed media), Drawings (Color pencils, pen and ink), Installation, Prints (silkscreen), Performance (Live Painting), Interactive Video Installations, Video Projections, Sculpture (Stone, glass, resin and ceramics) and 2D and 3D Photography.

Admission: Free
Opening Performance by Kotaro Hatch ( ):
Monday January 25th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in gallery A.

Art Talk:
Saturday January 30th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring guest speakers Bernard Catryss, Director of the Flanders Center, Masakatsu Nishino, President of Osaka Arts Planning, Celio H. Barreto, Owner/Creative Director SoHo Art Gallery and a selection of participating artists (TBA)

Exhibition dates and times:
Monday Jan. 25th: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday January 26th to Friday Jan. 29th: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday Jan. 30th: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Osaka Contemporary Art Center is located in the New Annex North & South, 3-1-43 Otemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0008, Japan

- Tanimachi Subway Line: Get off at Tanimachi 4-chome Station, and take exit No. 1-A.
The centre is a 3 minute walk away.
- Keihan Temmabashi Station: Take the East Exit ad walk 10 minutes southbound.

For more information please call 06-4394-7456 during regular business hours or visit:

Curated by: SoHo Art Gallery ( Celio Barreto and Yachiyo Nakao )
Supported by: Flanders Center, Osaka Arts Planning, Holbein Art Materials Inc.
Under the auspices of: Osaka Contemporary Art Center and the Kansai Agency for Cultural Affairs 'Power of Culture' iniciative.