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Overseas Artists Bring New Perspectives to the 3331 ART FAIR 2019

June 28, 2019 / Open Residence / AIR3331

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Held every year by 3331, the 3331 ART FAIR aims at bringing the market and community together, transforming the entire art center from basement to rooftop into an art fair. This year, the 3331 ART FAIR 2019 set its sights even higher towards rising to an international level. To boost its global presence, this year's art fair collaborated with AIR 3331 in featuring 2019 resident artist Era Vati and 2018 resident Chunghsuan Lan, in addition to 3331 recommended Taiwanese photographer AINWOODS, and two specially selected Canadian artists - Eunice Luk and Patrick Cruz.
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As part of the art fair, Era Vati, an Austrian artist based in Holland, exhibited her past works and new works completed during her residency (period: 2019.01.24-2019.03.20) in the AIR 3331 Soto-Kanda Studio. As a multi-media artist often working with film, her works ranged from abstract sketches, poetry, artificial plants used in her actual film sets, as well as her symbolic and surreal film pieces.

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Moving to the 1F Main Gallery, annually one of the focal points of the art fair, this space is a display of artworks hand-selected by curators from inside and outside of Japan, even by 3331 staff members themselves. The 2019 venue included Taiwanese artist, Lan Chunghsuan, a former resident of AIR 3331 (period: 2018.01.05-2018.03.29). Lan presented two pieces from his photograph series, "Lockdown Universe", a body of work reflecting his everlasting childhood memory that affects his worldview today.

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Also recommended by 3331, the Taiwanese photographer AINWOODS participated in the art fair after debuting in UNKNOWN ASIA 2018. In his photography, bright-colored models appear in mid-dance poses as an expression of love with no boundaries.

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Also featured in the 1F Main Gallery were two Canadian artists - Eunice Luk and Patrick Cruz - selected by Makiko Hara, an independent curator based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Eunice had completed a residency at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park and was basing herself in Tokyo during the time of the fair. In her space, she chose to present sculptures created during her residency whose soft colors and particular shapes evoke her sense of the nature and style of ceramics unique to Shigaraki. For Patrick, this was both the first time to exhibit in an art fair and in the Tokyo art scene. Compared to his often vast rooms filled entirely up to the ceiling with rough brushstrokes and abstract symbols, for the fair Patrick worked on a much smaller scale. However, his intensely colored paintings whose bold brushstrokes imitate children's artwork were brimming with energy from the wall.

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During the fair period, an artist talk was organized between - Masakatsu Kondo (London-based Japanese artist), Lan Chunghsuan, Eunice Luk, Patrick Cruz, and AINWOODS - for a closer look at how artists develop their practices across seas. As the first talk held by international artists in the course of the 3331 ART FAIR, the event shared fresh new voices with the Tokyo audience.

The 3331 ART FAIR 2019 not only led to the display and sales of a wide range of fresh and edgy artworks, but resulted in real exchanges between artists, collectors, curators, and audiences - this year reaching further beyond national borders.
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AIR 3331 Artist Spotlight: Chan Chung Yin, Connie & Wan Sheung Wah, Elly

June 6, 2019 / Open Residence / AIR3331

Currently accepting applications for its open call, what kind of projects can artists bring to Tokyo through AIR 3331? Let's take a closer look into the projects of past AIR 3331 participants, Chan Chung Yin, Connie & Wan Sheung Wah, Elly (Residency period: 2018.11.01-2019.01.09).
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To begin their 10-week residency, Connie & Elly immediately dove right into the Chiyoda City neighborhoods, mapping out districts by foot, while interviewing and joining local citizens in community activities. These results first took the form of a workshop held inside the AIR 3331 Soto-Kanda Studio that invited the public to create a map of Chiyoda City.
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At the same time, Connie & Elly brought their ongoing international "White Envelope Project" to Tokyo using envelopes passed on from London and Hong Kong. How would Tokyo residents respond creatively to messages delivered across the globe? Connie & Elly displayed these contents to us as a final exhibition in the Soto-Kanda Studio, while encouraging visitors to continue the chain of response letters.
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Alongside the "White Envelope Project", Connie & Elly displayed all of their research finds and responses from Chiyoda City locals as part of their final exhibition. One of the interviewees, a Jimbocho Old Book Town enthusiast, even came to stop by!
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Connie & Elly also become a valuable part of the AIR 3331 community of artists joining us in December 2018, including Yongwon Kim, Move Arts Japan's Anna McMahon and Yuyen Lin-Woywod, and Shinya Ishida, a resident artist collaborating with 3331's toy exchange project "Kaekko".
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Now that Connie & Elly are back in their respective bases of London and Hong Kong, they are in the process of making a book that collects the results of these projects. Stay tuned for updates of their final piece!

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Follow in Connie & Elly's footsteps and bring your project to the heart of Tokyo!
AIR 3331 OPEN CALL is currently accepting applications for residencies between September 2, 2019 - May 31, 2020.
Apply here by June 5, 2019 >>> http://bit.ly/2Yt3CwW

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