Tuesday, April 28, 2009

3 New Paper Cuts

I was happy to add these three paper cuts to the gallery show and online exhibit, Panic Attack(!) (Don't Panic): Paper cuts by Ryohei Tanaka, that continues at Cullom Gallery through May 30th. Blow Fish Girl and Oscar's Cousin were done by Ryohei during his visit to the Gallery.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Good Night & Thanks

A big thanks to all who made it to the Gallery Thursday night. Watching Ryohei cut on-the-spot portraits and answer questions was a lot of fun. I appreciate all your support! A few follow up things:

If you haven't found it on your own, here is a link to Ryohei's own website. His painting and illustration work is not to miss. Also, for those in Los Angeles, through May 2nd, you can see more of Ryohei's paper cuts in the 9-artist group show, PaperShapers (at Scion Space (3521 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90232). More info about that show at www.scion.com/space.

If you were there Thursday, you may have also met Rob Sato, a friend of Ryohei's, who is an amazing artist and illustrator himself. Check out his work & see a schedule of his upcoming shows at

Thanks again for your support!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ryohei Tanaka in the Gallery Tonight!

My exhibit of paper cuts, Panic Attack(!) (Don't Panic): Paper Cuts by Ryohei Tanaka, continues at Cullom Gallery through May 30, 2009, but tonight is a special treat: Ryohei is in Seattle and snipping away in the gallery until 7:30 tonight. I met Ryohei while browsing an online group show at Giant Robot Gallery in San Francisco last year. I was delighted by what I saw as a mixture of old and new in his paper cuts. Clearly urban, youth oriented content done using a very traditonal medium of Japanese art/craft called kiri-e, or cut pictures.

The exhibit features 57 new works. Tanaka’s intricate, hand-cut paper cuts are cut into both unaltered white paper and papers prepared with spat
tered colored pigments. Like the stuff of dreams or a drug trip, their intertwined elements bounce from caricatures of Tokyo "types:" the school girl, the jug-headed Yakuza, the anime geek, to images of urban malaise and economic anxiety, to titillating riffs on sex, drugs, love, and violence.

For over twenty years, Ryohei Tanaka has been spinning his own version of the traditional art of hand-cut Japanese paper cut designs known as kiri-e, which date back to the early 17th century. What started as a solitary childhood game of paper heroes vs. paper villains (born of, and then snipped to pieces by the same genius boy and his scissors) has grown to wide-spread recognition for the artist in Japan and the West. Tanaka’s paper cuts have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibits in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and multiple Tokyo venues.

If you're in Seattle tonight, come on down!

Cullom Gallery
313 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
P: 206-919-8278