Exhibition Title：What is Your Balance?
Inhale / Exhale
Light / Shadow
Our lives are surrounded with opposite forces corresponding with each other. Everyday, every moment, we each balance ourselves inwards and outwards, consciously and unconsciously. In this presentation of works I sat and faced my own light and shadow within. Observing the movement that is continuously shifting, like a tide in the ocean. To stand in balance wherever we find ourselves, moment to moment, each coming of the day. These paintings kindly ask you to be presence with stillness. To perceive the balance within, for the two opposing forces to unite with harmony.
Salted painting: In Japan, salt is a sacred object. It is used in the rituals for purification of energy, spirit, and space, as well as shielding spaces. Ever since I was a child, salt has played a big role in my life. In the healing of body, purification of the spirit, and cleansing of the surroundings. Naturally salt has united into paintings as a way of painting ritual.
In the process of making the salted painting, it begins with a single word. At this point of departure I explore the depths of the word. This leads my hands to write words that flow into consciousness. The colors of the chakra follow, sealing the words inside the painting. As the final process of the ritual, cultivation and the crystallization of salt happen on the painting for its own purification and shield.
These paintings are breathing just as we are.
Matters that require attention
These paintings are extremely delicate and fragile. Please understand and agree to the notes below, when considering a purchase.
• Paintings are made in a Humidity 70% location.
• Please DO NOT store in a high humid location. When the painting is stored in a highly humid location, salt on the painting may absorb moisture in the air and moisture may drip from the painting.
• Salt is a natural mineral. In time, it may crack and break off from the painting.
Salted painting is breathing, just like we are. As time passes, if you could enjoy the shift and changes may occur in the painting, we would truly appreciate it.
Born in 1983, Hyogo Japan.
Currently lives in Los Angeles and works in contemporary art.
Group exhibitions and performances:
2018 Tiny Men On Tits and Friends, The Curated Loo,
Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles
2017 METAL, Lava projects, Los Angeles
2016 Where Are You Going (Performance), THREE,
2012 What Are We Connected To? (Performance),
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How many Japanese artists do you know? Ken Watanabe, Takashi Murakami or perhaps, Steve Aoki. But of these three, Takashi Murakami is the only contemporary artist. Ken is an actor, and Steve is a son of the famous steakhouse owner who became a popular DJ.and more…
I opened the Speedy Gallery in Los Angeles in May 2019. My love for art knows no bounds, held many art events on my own as a collector, from shows where Chef Watson (AI) competes with artists to museum exhibitions that exclusively featured exotic rare plants from around the world. These are more than art exhibitions; they take people by surprise and joy, showing significance of art events to those who weren’t so interested.
I’m constantly thinking about unique ways to curate art events; hence, I established the Speedy Gallery to introduce artists that are recognized in Japan yet have potential to be celebrated worldwide.
Branding Through Art
I wouldn’t call myself an art producer. I’ve spent many years in corporate brand consulting for Asian clients from Japan to China. Now, I’m planning to brand Japanese art globally through this gallery.
It was easy for companies to build a brand in the past. Before internet, television and magazines were the main media of 20th century. More you invest on marketing and advertisement, more exposure you had. But the rise of multimedia and social media changed the game. Building awareness of the product and services are not enough. Today, it’s about sharing. Sharing the information, users’ benefits, and the experiences with others through media. Companies have expanded beyond television and internet, creating actual spaces where people can directly interact to share the experiences. Many successful brands create these interactive spaces, share the experience through social media and get the people to love their brand. I believe that Speedy Gallery will be beneficial to the people of Los Angeles and the community at large.
Connecting with Society Through Art
Of course, Speedy Gallery will sell amazing artworks like other galleries, and all proceeds will be donated to charities. But it’s more than that. Speedy Gallery is a community space for every art lover and for those who wants to make changes in the world.
Through my career, I have obtained deep understanding of the internet businesses and how the digital natives think. They understand that internet allows people to explore the unknown corners of the societies. They utilized the power of social network to change the society. Take Ice Bucket Challenge, for example, it helped raise awareness of ALS, the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, Greta Thunberg’s environmental activism and more.
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About the President：Atsushi Fukuda
Brand Consultant / Speedy, Inc. President
Born in Osaka, 1965
Graduate from Art Department of Nihon University
K.I.T. Graduate School – Visiting Professor Yokohama College of Art- Visiting Professor
Founder of Sony Digital Entertainment Inc. (2007)
Represents actress, NON, casts for Chinese market in Beijing, invites international events to Japan, host corporate-level seminars on A.I. (A.I. Salon), operates an art gallery in Los Angeles, represents NPO for forest protection, and more.
- Cartier Award “Change Maker of the Year” (2016)
- Warner Brothers’ Award “Best Marketer of the Year” (3 consecutive years 2010 – 2012)
- Selected as one of “21st Century’s 51 Key IT People” by Nikkei (2001)
- Agency for Cultural Affairs: appointed as “Content Researcher”
- Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: “Information Age of Discovery” member
- Ministry of International Affairs and Communication: “Media ＆ Software Study Group” member
- Representative Director of The Association of Achantemama
- Auditor of Fathering Japan
- Co-founder of Tiger Mask Foundation
- Ready for the Paradigm Shift?: Creative Minds Post Corona
- This is OK as a 14 Year Old! (Kodansha)
- Vox Pop is a Lie (Satemaga Books)
- You Are Not Thinking to Profit from Social Media, Are You? (Shogakan)
Company: Speedy, Inc.
Established: September 7th, 2017
Address: 7-7-7 8F Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Company Details: Worldwide entertainment group with offices all over the world in locations such as Japan, North America, China, and Estonia.
Handles a wide range such as brand consulting, talent agency, art gallery management, publishing, online live streaming, and VR public viewing.