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This March is the one-year anniversary of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. While Kokoro Studio’s founder, Keiko, steps out on maternity leave, Jeremy Brautman (age 35) and Super Cooper Berella (age 12) are going in and covering the walls with art by kids and the grownups who love them.
The theme of EARTH MOVEMENT is nature’s powerful forces: sometimes awesome and sometimes devastating. There are many ways the earth moves: it spins, it shines, it shakes, it quakes… How does the earth move YOU?
Our show features artwork by emerging solo artists, kids in collaboration with established artists (who happen to also be their parents, uncles, aunts and neighbors) and a few special friends. Please see our artist list here.
EARTH MOVEMENT opens for preview at Kokoro Studio in San Francisco on Thursday, March 1st at 7PM. There will be an official art opening reception featuring artists, curators and refreshments on Saturday, March 3rd.
AND NOW, A WORD FROM THE CURATORS:
One year ago last March, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan. It claimed the lives of more than 15,000 people, triggered nuclear accidents and moved earth on its axis. Just 3 months before it was even a seismic blip, 7 artists journeyed from Japan to San Francisco to be part of an art event called LOVE MOVEMENT. Shin Tanaka and Nao Shimojo conceived of the show, I curated it, and Cooper attended it. When the Japanese artists had to go home, we’d all become good friends. Nobody knew they were returning to one of the biggest natural disasters in history…
EARTH MOVEMENT is a bridge between cultures, continents and generations… Dang, this is really too heavy. Maybe I just wanted to curate an art show with my friend, Super Cooper, and eat Betty Lou’s Cake Pops all night long?
Be respectful to our planet and the people who surround you. Don’t be afraid to show your power. Our planet is our home and when it’s destroyed, we must nurture it. It’s time for the love, joy, and happiness to spread across the globe. This could be you.
I think curating shows is one of my favorite things to do because you raise awareness to natural disasters by showing art. Curating shows is in my to-do list.
THOUGHTS ON THE GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR EARTH MOVEMENT:
This design has stories.
After the LOVE MOVEMENT concept was developed by NAO, much love spread from San Francisco and covered our earth. LOVE MOVEMENT also made many connections among people. EARTH MOVEMENT’s curators, Jeremy and Cooper met during LOVE MOVEMENT. EARTH MOVEMENT is an exhibition created from LOVE EARTH.
On the flier, the red ball looks like a Japanese flag because this exhibition is a charity for Arts For Hope Japan. In the artwork, there is an Easter egg character who is a major figure of spreading LOVE from LOVE MOVEMENT and also the origin of EARTH MOVEMENT.
- Shin Tanaka