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: