written by Brian Cortez and Amiri Kiri
It’s pretty exciting to see two great minds come together and collaborate with a generous amount of creativity. So, when I first heard that Shihori Nakayama and Yusei Abe were exhibiting together, I was sure to clear my schedule for the event. Yusei and Shihori have both been featured in B&P events before and they have always been pleasure to have on board. It isn’t every day that you come across artists that are not only talented, but organized, with vision, and a strong work ethic that drives them. I would strongly suggest bringing out some friends or art lovers to this event, they would surely appreciate it. I brought my neighbors who had lived in Japan for a few years and since they always spoke so highly about the different components of Japanese culture, they didn’t hesitate to come along for the ride.
SEN is a moving, two-part duo art exhibit that started at the Lune Noir store on April 2nd and will run to April 15th over by the Sawtelle. The show will make its way down to Eighten for a final reception and exhibit April 16th to the end of the month.
Both Japanese born artists came to California at a young age and although had never met before, they became well acquainted at Cal State University of Long Beach where they pursued their education in fine arts. As a result, we have two amazing illustrator and print-makers who have manifested their talents into a versatile, process driven art. The word SEN means "line" in Japanese and it turned out to be a fantastic theme to the show. It's as if they've manifested a fictional universe from a doodle using a little school gained knowledge, a pen, and pure imagination as the catalyst. Although they are not always collaborating or exhibiting together, they make for a dynamic team when they do.
The contrast of reality and art are not only emphasized by the precise and well detailed direction of illustration in these pieces, but also by the aesthetic pleasure gained from hot-wiring pieces of our imagination made antiquated by traditional grown up undertakings. The details could have your nose up against the artwork and lost in the lines. Every piece is a window into something that is both sufficient in character and succinct in third dimensional perspective. I had the pleasure of observing a few of the pieces at the exhibition and I was quite entertained by the visuals, not due to my own overactive mind but more so by the idea of mentally dissecting art that challenged my intellect as well as my attention span. Although a small expo, SEN provides such vast components of seduction that not only kept me occupied, but several of other viewers who were also in attendance. The word of mouth from SEN will find its way into the hotline of Los Angeles much sooner than later.
Of course, I had to make a few art purchases before I left because both Yusei and Shihori are known to sell their artwork pretty quickly. I can say that I’m pretty happy with my purchases and will be keeping up with their events so I can further grow my collection of their art. Keep a look out for these two being featured in more B&P events in the near future.
Here is all the info you need for the exhibit.
Shihori Nakayama – shihoriart.com
Yusei Abe – yuseiabe.com
April 2nd – 15th @ Lune Noir
2003 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
check out lunenoir–ca.com for store hours and more info
Aoril 16th – April 30th @ Eighten
810 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Check out eight-ten.com for more info and store hours.