LOVE MOVEMENT: SUGOI! SUGOI! SUGOI!
On Saturday night, after over a year in the making, several months of dedication, 22 days of fundraising and a 48-hour gallery transformation, LOVE MOVEMENT opened in San Francisco. The city has not known this much concentrated love (without hippies) in a long while. It was an amazing experience. ("Sugoi" is Japanese for "wonderful".)
The concept-driven show began as a promise from a recently married couple (Greta and I) to a recently engaged couple (Shin Tanaka and Nao Shimojo) as we pondered the lack of love in the world while eating spicy Indian food in Japan. It spread to include other art couples and designers from around the world. LOVE MOVEMENT is our unified effort to fill a room with love.
Visiting artists Satoshi Yoshioka, Chota Akatsuki and Hideki Shiroma painted live, and in conjunction with Japanese and San Francisco-based artists, filled a wall with amazing 2D work. Chota-san made cute and captivating animations for a large projection box. Nao created a kids’ area. Shin painted a Wall of Love. Merch was made. Photo-ops were staged. Champion beatboxer Kaz and extreme violinist Nanaco filled the room with music. All who visited filled it with love.
The exhibit is up through January 16th at the Superfrog Gallery in New People, Japantown, San Francisco. If you’re in the area, give me a shout: I’d love to meet you there. You can find much, much more about LOVE MOVEMENT in words, pictures and video at the following links:
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You get big smiling kawaii heaps of appreciation and gratitude. (Plus a special thank you email from Shin and Nao.)
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You get the above, plus you get the URL links and passwords for Danke Boy and Schoen Girl paper toys (pictured at left). Download the PDFs and print, cut and build your own adorable matching Danke Schoen figures!
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You get all of the above, plus Shin Tanaka will write your first name in graffiti-bubble letters for you to use online (ie. as a signature file or on social networks). You will receive a 1600x1600 jpeg for your unlimited use. (See images to your left.)
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You get our gratitude, the paper toys, a digital file of your name in Shin's writing AND an exclusive LOVE MOVEMENT exhibition T-shirt. Shirts will be made to order with pink print on a variety of color shirts in Men's M, L, XL & Women's S, M, L. (See pretty colors by glancing leftward and scrolling down.)
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You are a leader in the LOVE MOVEMENT! You get our effervescent gratitude, the paper toys, a digital file of your name in Shin's writing, a LOVE MOVEMENT exhibition T-shirt, AND Shin will paint your name and your love's name on the gallery wall! Please keep it short & sweet. For example: "Shin & Nao," "Jeremy & Greta," "Garfield & lasagna". The mural will be on display throughout the whole exhibition, from December 11th to January 16th. We will send you a hi-res photo of the mural.
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Not only are you a leader in the LOVE MOVEMENT, but you enjoy a bit of mystery. Your pledge of $125 entitles you to all the abundance of the $100 reward PLUS you will receive an original 4x6 ink on card drawing by Moscow-based toy artist and illustrator, Sergey Safonov. Sergey is one of over 50 designers participating in LOVE MOVEMENT.
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Not only are you a leader in the LOVE MOVEMENT, but you're also a colorful character. Your pledge of $150 entitles you to all the abundance of the $100 reward PLUS you will receive an original 4x6 watercolor painting on card by Moscow-based toy artist and illustrator, Sergey Safonov. Sergey is one of over 50 designers participating in LOVE MOVEMENT.
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This special reward gets you one unique vinyl Dankeschoen bear hand-painted by Shin Tanaka. The Dankeschoen bear was designed by TOUMA and produced by Nao as her toy company's mascot. These figures are one-offs, and no two will be alike. A genuine treasure of toy art!
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This special reward gets you one unique vinyl T-BOY figure hand-painted by Shin Tanaka. T-BOY is an original character designed by Shin. These figures are one-offs, and no two will be alike. A genuine treasure of toy art!
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You are LOVE INCARNATE. This is for all our love. You get our utmost gratitude, the paper toys, a digital file of your name in Shin's writing, a LOVE MOVEMENT exhibition T-shirt, your name and your love's name painted on the gallery wall AND...this special reward gets you one unique vinyl Dankeschoen bear AND one unique vinyl T-BOY figure hand-painted just for you by Shin Tanaka. With this reward only, you can specify a color palette for the custom figures Shin will make for you. You will be the envy of anyone with eyeballs and have a special piece of the LOVE MOVEMENT in your own personal collection.
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