Opening Reception 6/7

Kumi Hirose - Crazy toy box

Kumi Hirose was born in Tokyo, but lived in the countryside of Tokushima from grade school until high school after her father was relocated there for work. She loves manga, and has been tracing them ever since she was a child. Following a strong desire to move to Tokyo, she attended Joshibi University of Art and Design, where she was first exposed to oil painting. Later she attended graduate school for art as well, firmly committed to the idea of becoming an artist. After graduating, she decided she didn’t want to settle down in Japan, fearing its worldview was too narrow, and set off for America where she could expose herself to new ideas and fresh perspectives. She wound up in New York City, where she set about establishing herself as an artist and devoted herself to her craft.

To Kumi, making art is not only an outlet and a way to unleash your innermost emotions, but also a space to occupy, a shelter for self-expression. Her art is like her diary, containing the totality of her experience. The special people in her life are her major source of inspiration. Her beloved friends and family, the people who show her love out in the world, the teachers who meant the most to her, and even the people she hates all have a place inside her heart. As we go about our day to day and meet all kinds of people, we all partake in a uniqe blend of stresses, curiosities, and sympathies, and are shocked, pleased, angered, or inspired by a different set of experiences, leading to our own cache of memories. For Kumi Hirose, painting is one way to step back from this world of memory, and occupy a place of comfort amid our stressful lives.

She constructs the worlds inside her artwork from a chaotic mixture of everyday experience and the various thoughts that occupy her mind. Frustration, anger, sadness, and joy are mixed together and distorted, then rewrought into something with a pulse. The result is a mysterious collision of the normal world and the dreamscapes that haunt our waking life. Because of her abstract style, it’s rare for her to paint a subject exactly as you would find it in the world. Instead she’d rather offer her audience the chance to complete the painting based on their own experience with an unbridled imagination, making appreciation a participatory and central aspect of the creation of the art. Art is vital to her existence—as long as she’s alive, she’ll be creating!

EXHIBITION: 6/8, WEDNESDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - 6/12, SUNDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Appointments only on Wednesday)


JCAT SHOWCASE 19 -Group Exhibition-

Participating Artists: 

Eiji Sato
Masashige Furuya
Narayama Furano

6/7 TUESDAY 7:00PM - 10:00PM

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

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!"