Opening Reception 4/19

Jun Kawashima -TOY BOX-

Jun kawashima was born in 1981 in Fussa city,Tokyo.

For a long time American culture and Japanese culture are intertwined in this town. It had attracted a lot of artist.

He spent his childhood in rented house which is used for US military dependents, and also many artist lived there.

Creativity of the town he lived are the origin of his identity.

His aunt was a designer,so she had positive influences on him,he was longing to live as an artist and he began to draw pictures.

He was shocked and encouraged by the painting of Warhol and Basquiat. He also love the cardboard art of Katuhiko hibino.

He played with Mini4WD and Plastic model of Gundam. He loves to collect varieties of Japanese toy until today. 

He enjoyed drawing pictures that awakens the readers' good old days by using cardboard and and packing papers he's been used to from childhood.

He expresses himself, his  feeling in drawings he'll rather choose to draw to explain then to use words. His personalities is portrayed in his arts.He doesn't hold back when drawing. His art sometimes reveals his mood and emotional state of mind. Sometimes he becomes one of his drawing's characters.

He conducts countless workshops with his family in the name(Kawashimake Kaiga Kurabu).He teaches the joy of making and drawing arts. To him art is full of possibilities.

EXHIBITION: 4/20, WEDNESDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - 4/24, SUNDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Appointments only on Wednesday)


JCAT SHOWCASE -Group Exhibition-

Participating Artists: 


4/19 TUESDAY 7:00PM - 10:00PM

 THURSDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - 4/24 SUNDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Closed on Wednesday)


Gio Kusanagi is an interpretive dancer/performance artist who is a native of Japan. He studied Butoh (Japanese avant-garde dance) with Moe Yamamoto, Toru Iwashita, Kunisuke Kamiryo, Yoshito Ohno (son of Kazuo Ohno), Yukio Waguri, Seisaku & Yuri, Ko Muroboshi, and Kayo Mikami; a Butoh-inspired interpretive dance with Akira Kasai; Japanese sword dance with Kensei Namiki; traditional style swordsmanship with Ken Morita; Ballet at various dance schools including Morgantown Dance Studio, Modern Dance with Bill Evans, Kista Tucker, Don Halquis, Angela Dennis, Kristina Isabella, and Pilobolous Dance Company; Jazz Dance with Liz Rossi; Contact Improvisation with Jordan Fuchs and Contact Improvisation groups in Philladelphia; Break Dance at Harajuku Dance Academy; Central Asian Dance, Persian Dance, and Middle Eastern Dance with Narah Bint Durr; West African Dance with Jonathan Burbank; and Eurythmy (a form of modern dance founded by Rudolf Steiner) with both Akira Kasai and with Jolanda Frischknecht. He was also trained in Mime, Laban Movements Analysis (Bill Evans and Kista Tucker), Bartenieff Fundamental (Bill Evans and Don Halquis), Alexander Technique (Suzanne Oliiver), Qigong, Tai Chi, and various other forms of martial arts. He has integrated the essences of all the movement-arts he has learned and performs originally choreographed interpretive dance repertories in collaboration with artists of various disciplines. Gio also teaches classes and workshops on  Butoh dance, Tai Chi, Qigong, and dance therapy for self-exploration through various locations in West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.  Further, he has produced multiple dance theaters in various cities, including, but were not limited to NYC, Dayton OH, Cincinnati OH, and Morgantown WV.

No, not "ouch". Pronounced OOH-WOO-CH-I, Ouchi is Japanese for "home" or "house". Our gallery is named Ouchi because we display artwork by contemporary Japanese artists in a home-like setting.
Art should be more than a business commodity. It should transform into our daily lives, awakening us with new thoughts and passions each day. The best art teaches that there are no limits to individual pursuits; that our own possibilities are infinite.
When you visit Ouchi Gallery, we hope that you feel both at home and inspired. Perhaps you will feel something exhilarating—a positive "ouch!"