With Japanese pop culture booming in western countries, tokidoki creator Simone Legno and Nooka’s Matthew Waldman share their love of modern Japan and discuss how it has influenced the design of their clothing, accessories, watches and toys. Moderated by distinguished marketing strategist Josh Spear, The J-Pop Influence: A Western Obsession takes place Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 pm, and is followed by a reception.
Founded in 1907, Japan Society has evolved into a world-class, multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English and Japanese-speaking audiences. At the Society, more than 100 events each year feature sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture and open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. An American nonprofit, nonpolitical organization, the Society cultivates a constructive, resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U.S. and Japan.
Nooka is a New York fashion design company founded by artist/designer Matthew Waldman. The ethos of Nooka is universal language, which guides the creation of products with enhanced functionality and a futuristic philosophy. Most prominently known for its line of timepieces, Nooka has expanded their range, creating a Mindstyle™ brand with the addition of innovative accessories and a fragrance.
$12 / $8 Japan Society members, seniors & students
please join us september 30th at 6:00 pm for the opening of hiroki otsuka’s show- mangdala.
the art space at fridman law group
curated by matthew waldman / nooka
the show is up until november 5th.please call ben at the fridman law group for more information: T 212 620 0935 or
brooklyn based japanese artist/illustrator hiroki otsuka honed his craft drafting and inking comic book cells for a variety of projects, and illustrated for a number of major japanese publications through 2004. in 2005, otsuka’s focus shifted from graphic to fine arts, working predominantly with traditional sumi ink used in japanese calligraphy. otsuka’s debut solo show at brooklyn’s stay gold gallery in 2005 prompted the new yorker to write that his works “…push the populist youth quotient through the roof.” since then, hiroki otsuka has gained international recognition with works being shown at berlin’s kunstraum richard sorge. from march 12-june 13, 2010, otsuka served as japan society’s first-ever manga artist-in-residence during the exhibition graphic heroes, magic monsters: japanese prints by utagawa kuniyoshi from the arthur r. miller collection.
hiroki’s show will combine two art forms, manga and mandala. manga, a popular japanese art form brings out in bright color our subconscious, secret desires. mandala is a another ancient form with roots in hindu that evoke esoteric and spiritual meditation. the combination of the two can not be in better hands than that of artist hiroki otsuka.
I’ve update my website www.davidmascha.com with some new client and personal works. Please help me spread the word.
Type experimentation using Akzidenz-Grotesk by WILLOW.
Abstract. Granted, to most it is just splashes of paint. The best way to understand it is to organically lay the paint to canvas in rhythm. This is reminiscent of Pollock and his ability to ‘action paint’. He has been a great influence on some of the fine art pieces from the studio, and also in engaging his form of expressionism within textures for print and experimental. Fluid yet harsh, organic yet chaotic. One of my personal favorites. ( close up pics of a small 90cm x 90cm canvas )
Style, Coffee, and Surfing…All in manhattan for a year now. Josh (et. al) make
Saturdays the perfect spot to hang , shop and enjoy the day…any day…
maalik ausar obasi
An invitation was sent en mass to submit a studio entry based on the TRON theme in collaboration with ADIDAS. Even though my designs were not picked, it may be worth a mention here. Initially the proposed images that were mocked up amounted to around 30, some repeat and remixed images with varied colorways reflective of the team colors in the new movie.
The strap line on the images was ‘FUTURESPORT’.
A healthy personal insight when attempting to handle a larger project in the correct manner.
Congrats to our close friend Martin on the recent launch of a LIVE version of Streetwear Today Magazine.
The pictures are exceptionally nice – crafted by Nils Muller.
Keep an eye out for the next issue, featuring a ton of content myself and The KDU helped gather.
Commissioned project to HMB’s gig in Moita (Portugal)
Doopla Collective VJ performed with the band. Photos soon…