Contemporary art and interior objects
Inspired by Japan, Created in London
PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 5th April 2017, 17:30-20:00
EXHIBITION VENUE: Sway Gallery
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Friday 11:00-19:00, Saturday & Sunday by appointment only.
Special Saturday Opening: Saturday 29th April, 11:00-16:00
Joining a season of Japanese art and design events, PikaPika at Home: Japanese Accents for London Living, opens at Sway Gallery London, 5-29 April 2017.
Curated by Charlene Lam of Creative Clerkenwell, the selling exhibition will showcase contemporary art and interior objects that are inspired by Japan and created in London.
Kimono fabric lampshade with ceramic base, Romor Designs in collaboration with Isabella Lepri. Handmade in London. Photo credit: Yeshen Venema.
Featured artists include designer-makers of Japanese heritage like ceramicist and RCA graduate Ikuko Iwamoto and creatives inspired by Japanese culture, including French visual artist Damien Borowik.
Visitors are invited to add a touch of Japan to their own homes, with Japanese-inspired artwork and interior objects from UK designers available for sale or commission during the exhibition. The Sway Gallery shop also stocks products specially sourced from Japan.
Nucleolus Pofu porcelain teapot by Ikuko Iwamoto, handmade in Clerkenwell
Sakura in progress by visual artist Damien Borowik’s Drawing Machine, made in London
FEATURED DESIGNERS AND ARTISTS
Ikuko Iwamoto (ceramics)
http://www.ikukoi.co.uk| Twitter @ikukoik | Instagram @ikukoikik
Aya Nakajima (ceramics)
https://slowtheshop.wixsite.com/nakakiln| Instagram @nakakiln
Damien Borowik (visual artist and digital craftsman)
https://www.drawingmachine.com/| Twitter @dborowik | Instagram @damienborowik
Natsko Seki (illustration)
http://www.natsko.com| Instagram @natsko_seki
Romor Designs in collaboration with Isabella Lepri (lighting)
http://www.romordesigns.com(Shibori and kimono fabric lampshades) | Instagram @romordesigns
http://www.isabellalepri.com (ceramics)| Twitter @i_l_ceramics | Instagram @isabella_lepri
With furniture courtesy of ELEMENTARY
Additional artists to be confirmed.
ABOUT SWAY GALLERY
Sway Gallery launched its London base in Old Street in October 2016. With an established location in the vibrant Marais district of Paris as well, the Gallery aims to introduce Japanese influences and craftsmanship to European audiences. Sway Gallery includes a concept store that offers carefully curated items made in Japan to add an extra touch to everyday modern life.
Nearest tube: Barbican or Old Street
PikaPika is Japanese onomatopoeia for shiny or bright. Now in its third edition, PikaPika is a selling exhibition curated by Charlene Lam of Creative Clerkenwell that showcases the bright talents of contemporary UK-based Japanese designers and artists. PikaPika: Spotlight on Japanese Designers debuted to very positive response in July 2016 to at the Gallery at Craft Central in Clerkenwell, London.
PikaPika at Home: Japanese Accents for London Living joins a season of Japanese cultural and art events in London, including The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 at the Barbican Centre Art Gallery (23 March – 25 June), Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan at William Morris Gallery (through 14 May), and the British Museum’s upcoming Hokusai beyond the Great Wave (25 May – 13 August).
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