exhibition : PAST

KEIKO + MANABU
HEART of SHAPES

2008.11.22(SAT)-2009.2.8(SUN)

Concept

Countless massive structures will flood the DIESEL DENIM GALLERY. These cookie-cutter like structures form ♥♦★ are simple and playful shapes that resemble children’s toys and comic balloons. Crawl through, cuddle inside, and wander between ♥♦★; this experience is extraordinary but also tickles your mind with nostalgia of secret hide-away from our childhood. ♥♦★ structures are made with recycled paperboards using its strength and flexibility. Waste paper collected from homes and offices were recycled into the paperboards. During exhibition, they form surreal space in the gallery. At the end, they will be melted down and recycled back to have another form in everyday world.

Exhibition Information

Title: Heart of Shapes
Artist:KEIKO + MANABU
Date: 2008. 11. 22 (SAT) – 2009. 2. 8 (SUN)
Venue: DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA 2F
Curator:Masaaki Takahashi / BRIZHEAD
Cooperation
Jewelry Design and Production: IKUYO
Installation Materials and Production: Oji Paper Co., LtdOji Paperboard Co., Ltd.,Oji Packaging Co., Ltd.
Installation Materials: Sumitomo 3M Limited
Lighting Plan: USHIOSPAX

Masaaki Takahashi / BRIZHEAD (Curator)
www.brizhead.jp
Masaaki Takahashi is an independent writer and editor specializing in design, architecture, art, and culture. He is a regular contributor to AD:Architectural Design, Interior Design, FRAME and Mark magazines. His work also appears in other international publications such as Interior Design, Blueprint, Design Report, IdN, MONITOR, CUBES, Pen etc. Studied oil painting in Berlin before he enrolled in a course in environmental design at London Metropolitan University.
Gained degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology at The State University of New York, at the same time he took courses at New York University.
He established his own editorial production company, Brizhead, in 1996. Authored: Japan The New Mix: Interiors, Architecture and More, Cardinal Rules of Architectural Presentation,Design City Tokyo, etc.

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Biography

  • KEIKO + MANABU

    www.keikomanabu.com

    KEIKO + MANABU is a design team based in Tokyo - Seattle, founded by KEIKO Uchiyama and MANABU Sawase, both studied Architecture in U.S or Japan. Their Design projects stretch wide from jewelry to product, commercial, architecture, landscape and urban planning, from Japan to overseas.

  • KEIKO UCHIYAMA

    1974 BORN IN SEATTLE WA
    1998 GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY OF OREGON ARCH
    2000-2004 KAZUYO SEJIMA + RYUE NISHIZAWA / SANAA

  • MANABU SAWASE

    1971 BORN IN MORIOKA JAPAN
    1997 TOSHIAKI ISHIDA ARCHITECT AND ASSOCIATES
    1998 LEFT YOKOHAMA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
    2002-2008 CO-ESTABLISHED LOCO ARCHITECTS

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