? ORINOTAWASHI / Rashawn “Inu” Love ?
ORINOTAWASHI – THE ART OF LIVING
Orinotawashi is a Japanese married couple of artists who are arousing interest by making artworks together using the technique of collage. Orinotawashi’s husband Norio was born in 1974 and grew up in the Tokyo culture. When he was a child, he loved animation, comics, movies and written stories. When he became a teenager, he met art under the influence of music. Orinotawashi’s wife Chifumi was born and grew up surrounded by nature in Nagano prefecture. When she graduated from the College of Industrial Design, she got a job in a building materials company. There, she mastered the technique of product design.
In the wake of a traffic accident, Chifumi and Norio married. One day, they met an old man at the top of a mountain who taught them how to best live as husband and wife. After that, they started their art activities together.
Norio gets the inspiration for art and Chifumi turns that image into something real with her techniques. The combination of their individual talents brings originality to their artwork.
What do people think about their life in this era in this world? Orinotawashi wondered about it. Therefore, they have travelled around Europe and Africa (Spain, Italy, Zambia, Egypt, Morocco) for one year. They have stayed at an artist residency in a different country for two months. And they have learned about several parts of the world.
They have a unique technique of collage. Collage means “gluing” in French. A collage is an image that appears accidentally by cutting and pasting. Orinotawashi explain this as serendipity.
Orinotawashi are always making discoveries, by accident and observation, of things they were not in quest of. It is like giving birth. Orinotawashi’s collage is not only paper and acrylics… Journey, encounters, history, culture and destiny are also used as materials. They incorporate their life in a collage, too. They use various techniques and present their works as paintings, figures, clothes, a mud house or a book
7/13, Wednesday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM – 7/17, Sunday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(By appointment only on Wednesdays)
Rashawn ” Inu” Love- The Nature of Things
Everything has a story is how I approached my art. I wrote stories all my life and drew here and there. But I didn’t take art seriously until high school where I meet an inspiring artist trying to become a mangaka . The minute he showed me his work I loved the story, the style, everything. That night I made my own manga and other stories. Since then I began to pursue a career as a mangaka and writer being inspired by the works of Osamu Tezuka (creator of Astro Boy & Phoenix), Nobuhiro Watsuki (creator of Ruroni Kenshin), and Darren Shan (writer of the Cirque Du Freak series). My art is a fuse of fantasy with manga and urban style art always telling a story with each line or color. At the moment I’m currently working on an ongoing graphic novel series and visual card game. I’ve help create several murals around New York City and have display work in a few gallery shows. I love to focus on strong visuals and figurative drawings, as well as in depth character designs and creations. Most of my art is done in sakura micron pens, sharpie & tombow markers, acrylic, and watercolor.
7/12, Tuesday 7:00PM – 10:00PM
7/14, Thursday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM – 7/17, Sunday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(CLOSED on Wednesdays)