At the Park Hotel Tokyo, we welcome our guests with hospitality in the form of “arrangement”, one of Japan’s aesthetic values, expressed through the medium of art. As part of this initiative, we hold series of art exhibition, “ART colours”, representing the four seasons of Japan. On this 29th exhibition, we will be representing summer through a collaboration with creative platform Pocko.
“Summer is always the best of what might be…” Charles Bowden
In this group summer exhibition, creative platform Pocko takes over 3 floors of the Park Hotel in Tokyo, a selection of Japanese and western artist form multi-disciplinary backgrounds, meet and join their effort in a chance encounter where a collaboration can flourish and possibly evolve in the future. Like a chance summer encounter. There is a long tradition in history of artists collaborations, from Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat to name a few.
Summer is a time of infinite potential; days are longer, the weather is warm and the sea is our favourite destination. Summer is about freedom and youth. No school and no clothes. Adventure, possibilities and exploration. Summer make us want to believe.
These summer art encounters are like chance meetings, devices of change that can be life altering. Random encounters are the spice of life and we hope to provoke unexpected yet intimate vibrations between different bodies of works and the personalities behind them. Waves are oscillations accompanied by a transfer of energy. Waves of creativity from very far shores come together with the aim to fix that chance meeting, a melting point, that rare moment where our energies come together and transfer to make anew.
This summer exhibition includes internationally renowned artists to young creative talents, photographers, painters, illustrators, animators, makers. It is a way to show the potential of the freshly arrived Pocko Japan and how at the core of its philosophy is collaboration, bridging the gap between Europe and Japan in the field of creative dreamers and makers.
“The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.” Vladimir Nabokov
[Organizer］ Park Hotel Tokyo
Date: June 3 (Mon.) – September 1, 2019 (Sun.)
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 25F / 31F / 34F
Fare: Addmission Free
Michela Picchi | Ushiki Masanori | Linn Fritz | Kyoko Hamada | Marco Oggian | Paul Bower | Hiro Sugiyama | Svetlana Fialova | Ichiro Kono | Martin Holtkamp | Nomoco | Van Santen & Bolleurs | Vasty | Keenue | Geray Mena | Atsuhide Ito | Bijou Karman | Lobulo Studio | Niky Roehreke | Haruna Kawai | Vasty × Niky Roehreke | Michela Picchi × Masanori Ushiki | Hiro Sugiyama × Paul Bower | Keenue × Marco Oggian | Nomoco × Martin Holtkamp | Van Santen & Bolleurs × Haruna Kawai | Linn Fritz × Kyoko Hamada
Price: 1,600 JPY
* Tax and service charge included
Price: 1,300 JPY (2:30-10:00 p.m.)
* Tax and service charge included
* Served as on of desserts in Afternoon Tea with Wagashi
Michela Picchi is a multidisciplinary artist who has chosen Berlin as her headquarters. From her German base, she produces creative ideas for magazines and brands belonging to multiple sectores – always with her own very personal approach, which draws inspiration from collage and visual illustrations, adding a remarkable sophisticated twist.
Born in Niigata prefecture in 1981. He lives and stays in Meguro-ku, Tokyo.
Since Graduating from Musashino Art University drawing school, Masa has worked for a stationery maker, a web production company, he eventually found himself as a freelance illustrator and artist. Masa likes to present work tailored to the times and media of today. From humorous portraits to fashion conscious works based on aspects of boys’ culture such as manga, animation, special effects.
Linn Fritz is a Swedish independent illustrator and animator currently living in London, UK. She’s been working in the creative industry since graduating back in 2013 and has been fortunate enough to live and work with studios in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Sydney and London. Linn expertly uses line, colour and bolds shapes to bring her charming characters and wonderfully simplistic world to life.
Born in Tokyo, Kyoko Hamada grew up in Chiba, Japan until her father’s job relocated the family to Wheeling, West Virginia when she was fifteen-years-old. Hamada came to New York City to study art history at Manhattanville College before eventually getting her degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she studied photography and painting. Her subject matter has often been ordinary objects stylized and staged into subtle quiet moments dealing with self-referentiality and various metaphors. Hamada’s photographs have been featured in AI-AP, PDN 30, British National Portrait Gallery and the British Journal of Photography among others. She has been a contributor for numerous magazines and books including New York Times “T”, Time Magazine, and New Yorker Magazine. Her latest series, I Used To Be You was released as a book by London publisher Pocko in 2016. Kyoko lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner Oran and their son Ozzie and a cat named 99.
Marco is a creative designer and photographer from Italy now living in the north of Spain because of tapas and low-cost beer! He gets inspiration from the people he meets all around the world and he never wants to stop learning and doing something new. Marco’s philosophy is to take only what he needs from this planet earth and this can be observed in his works: less is more. Marco has just one artistic goal and that is to never stop creating.
Paul Bower draws, prints, cuts-out, scribbles, paints and generally makes a mess.
He’s also an illustrator and works heavily with hand-made prints, collage and typography. His sense of humour, which features regularly, has got him into trouble several times and also won awards including a V&A Best Book Cover Award.
Hiro Sugiyama was born in 1962 in Tokyo. After graduating from an art school in Tokyo, he started working with Teruhiko Yumura and started his career as an artist. He is founder of creators unit Enlightenment exhibiting artwork in the world of fine art. Publishing free papers and art books, designing advertisements and magazines and curating exhibitions. He is one of a big Japanese influensor to creators and artists.
In her practice, Svetlana Fialová continually develops drawing as a medium, while she tries to push its customary boundaries and confute speculations about its exhaustibility. Fialová likes to appropriate formal features of national and world history of fine arts and blend them with current visual trends. Usually, her own life and stories come to the thematic foreground alongside such topics as (self) mythology, irony, pop culture, feminism, gender and body image. Spontaneous inspiration from media and everyday banality mixes with a deep, harsh self-criticism, the boundary between which blurs and subsequently turns into two viewpoints of the same thing. Compositionally multilayered works that are full of specific iconography and immanent metaphors are often shrouded in mystery with a strong psychological profile.
Photographer who doesn’t take photo.
German born, Bournemouth & Poole Art College graduate. Moved to London in 1993 and established himself as freelance photographer for the music and fashion industry (i-D magazine, Ninja Tune records).
Since then he has worked on numerous editorial assignments, advertising campaigns for global brands, book publications, music artwork, etc..
Martin’s ability to extract the essence of a given situation results in intriguing images that endure well beyond the first encounter of his work.
His self-initiated and commercial work has been exhibited since 1999 in renown institutions such as The Association of Photographers (GBR), Mannheimer Kunstverein(DEU) and Ringcube Gallery (JPN).
In 2007 he relocated to Tokyo and continues to be involved in projects that focus on portraiture, architecture and urban environments.
Central St. Martins trained Japanese artist Nomoco enjoys experimenting with various materials and craft-work, and has been especially focusing on playing with ink on paper and its organic movement. For the past few years, printmaking, such as silkscreen and lithography mixed with ink drawings, have been explored in her personal works.
Wendy van Santen and Hans Bolleurs are a Dutch artist couple. They work with everyday objects and materials to create conceptual still life images and stop motion videos.
They challenge the viewer to view objects in a different light. To see the world how they see it. They experiment with textures, colours and shapes. They play with meaning and materials, use juxtaposition and surrealism to create their colourful scenes and objects.
Vasty is a multi-disciplinary creative studio, based in Barcelona, born after the creative necessity and exploration desire of founder Mariano Pagella, an Argentinian graphic
designer whose work combines art direction, graphic design, custom typography, set design, craft techniques and digital illustration with the aim of developing his own
Born in Japan, 1992, Keeenue engages in various artistic activities including painting, creating original products and murals. She pursues to deepen her expression through presenting her view of the world in figurative art that look like abstracts and her unique sense of color. In addition to solo shows, she participates in various group shows and projects both at home and abroad. Keeenue’s latest projects included working with Adobe, Lipton, Nike, Shake Shack etc.
Geray Mena is a visual artist and image maker living and working between Amsterdam, Madrid and London. Following his MA in Photography from EFTI he moved to Amsterdam where he studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Since 2016 Geray works as a freelance photographer in the fields of still-life and fashion, dancing in the lines between culture, art and commerce.
Besides his practice, Geray has held exhibitions, published books and since 2017 is teaching, giving lectures and workshops at the Visual Dept. at Istituto Europeo Di Design.
Atsuhide Ito is an artist and a writer. Painting has occupied a significant place in Atsu’s practice while he has produced essay films and videos. Often re-enacting forgotten
interviews with renowned interpretations, his work considers the missed moment in the past.
Bijou Karman is an artist and illustrator from Los Angeles, graduated with Distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She is inspired by fashion, vintage
images, Googie architecture, the 1960’s, nostalgia, strong women, a love of print and bright colors, and plants.
Chief Cocktail Designer
Graduated From New York International Bartenders’ School.
Studied the art of making cocktails at hotels and bars in Japan and overseas.
Introduced a new lifestyle through cocktails for both private individuals and companies in Cocktail Class, self-enlightenment seminars, and at the Takayuki Suzuki Bartender School which he supervises.
Authored the book, Perfect Martini. His whisky cocktails are regularly featured in the worldwide circulated Whisky Magazine.
Authored the book “Perfect Martini”.
His whisky cocktails are regularly featured in Whisky Magazine.
Began at Shiba Park Hotel in 1994. Starting with restaurant “Primula”, studied the essence of “Escoffier” at French restaurant “Four Seasons”. Assumed position as head chef of ART Lounge and The Society at Park Hotel Tokyo. Offers a diverse selection of cuisine centered on the “freedom of creation” that represents the atmosphere of Park Hotel Tokyo.