Monday, September 5, 2011

Mayuko Fujino

I meet Mayuko through Felix, we had a beer on greenpoint we talked about Mexican paper,  and Japanese artists. Later on, we flied kites on her birthday and we've been gettting into some rock climbing. While i was at the puppies show,  i came across a book about illustration and and i saw some familiar work and it was Mayuko!  I've always been struck by her artwork and the details in the shapes of her works. i wanted to her to share some of her process on the itzybitsyblog

When did you decide you wanted to be an artist?

Mayuko: When I was 18, after graduated high school.

Can you explain to us a little about your illustrations?

MF:They are basically about layers, visible ones and invisible ones. I am
interested in borderlines, conflicts, and the duality of nature so
those elements are always present in my artwork. here's my artist

When did you move to New York city and why?

MF:I moved to NY September 2010. I wanted to study English. I had
received emails in English asking about my art, especially from the
United States, much more than in Japanese. so I thought I might be
able to reach more people who would be interested in what I do if I
could speak English.

What do you find different from graphic design and fine arts?

MF: Graphic design is about finding right directions. Fine art is about
wandering and sometimes getting lost.

What sources do you use for your images?

MF:I used old Playboy magazines for the latest series "Bunny Dance"

 Who do you draw inspiration from in your art?

MF: Musicians. I love 80's new wave stuff and early electronic music.

Where does your creativity come from?

MF: I was immersed in books and music when I was a child and it always
made me dream about an imaginary world. I think that's where it comes
from. I feel like I still haven't been able to come back from there.

 When is your next show? Can you give us details

PULSE art fair Los Angeles Sep.30 - Oct.3
art fair in Tokyo Oct.28 - 30
both with Megumi Ogita Gallery
UAMO Festival in Munich
October 27 - 30

I'm looking for places in New York for shows!!!

Thanks Mayuko!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Felix Morelo the most loved man in NYC!

I met Felix during my break from work and he made fun of me a couple of times but, I knew he was kidding and it was all in good fun so, i just laughed and i said hey, who is this guy? he told me he drew faces and if i had seen them and i said oh you're that guy.
i took the opportunity to ask him some questions:
So, why are you the most loved man in NYC?
Felix Morelo: (rolls his eyes) It's my wish
why do you draw faces on side walks?
FM: It was a way for me to stand out from the crowd. There's too many artist out there and i had no gallery representation and nowhere to show my artwork.
what's up with the faces?
FM: It's like an evolution of my work, thought pattern and persistance. Before i was just writing things but, then i just simplified it to just a face and that's when it all made sense.

Where do you get ideas from?
FM: Mental effort to simplify to come up with ideas to present and are easy to digest and comprehend, both abstract and complex, loosing complexity a bit.

What's the difference your paintings and your street art?
FM: The studio work is not seen by many people its more complex and more detain and refined. Street work is performance its more simplified that's its beauty and repetition its interactive its done outside. i like to see people's reaction. It's like the difference with a handshake and a hug. It's massive large scale, it doesn't have any limitation, the land is its canvas. I like to think of the whole planet and its surface its for everybody. I guess i'm torn between the street and painting. It is supposed to lead to my artwork, anyone can agree or disagree at least, i have the right to create it.

Do you think it relates to print media?
FM: It does but, it is more ephemeral because of its social regulations and respect to the public. It's only temporary
Is each singe one face different?

FM: It can't be all the same if it was i would be some sort of machine. Sometimes i do intend them to be the same and i could get really close.
Do you do want to make them all different?
FM: It depends on the performance. Things can  change. It can take some 5 -10 hours. I don't really try to create them all different. Sometimes, I try to be more generic, there's periods where I take my time and there's periods where i'm trying to evolve the event.
Thanks Felix!
check out his website:
He's also part of El Museo's (S)files and has his artwork on display at Lehman College on the Bronx.
Opening reception September 26 6-8

After 6 months were still dating!