HACO = A box in Japanese.
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Seeking for crews to sail out TOGETHER to the unknown ; new dimension, time, place where we have never been.
N O W
In old Tibet it was considered that childhood ended at 7 and the first steps and training of adult life would then begin.
Shie Moreno’s early years were spent in a Havana society in the throes of a Stalinist period amid the decaying splendor of a once grand city. At 8 he endured a crowded, nightmare passage forever known as the Mariel boatlift. He arrived in a hostile city to a foreign culture. The family quickly moved to Los Angeles and then, years later, returned to Miami.
The harsh bright light of the tropics, the intensity of color, the forced blindness of night in a crowded vessel, the elements, the sense of drifting and of place, all served to forge the sensibility of an artist.
Marrying the strength of titles and the formalism of calligraphy Shie Moreno brings dust to life with the breath of a divine creator in the form of pigment to canvas or other media on the surface to hand.
The artist has summoned forces and unleashed them as animating spirits, elementally free and giving freely. Shie Moreno is a living tendril connecting ancient spirituality, the fecund tropics and contemporary American art.
Any artist, particularly one as attuned as Shie, is also an instrument subject to the confluence of diverse energies; cultural, geographic, temporal and those not subjugated to the constraints of time.
The artist is not hindered by material constraints; any surface and material will do for creating expression. Paint, collage, tar, marker, wax, aerosol, keepsakes and even fire will be used to create a surface effect on canvas, wood, paper or glass. An earnest examination of color, letter forms and composition inform the work. This leads to Shie Moreno as an inventor of forms, ever expanding the techniques and range of his expression.
oral meanderings, memories and anecdotes
6/3/2018 Sun. 4:00-6:00
The artist Al Diaz, the other half of the legendary graffiti Duo, SAMO © with Jean Michel Basquiat. The graffiti that took over Lower Manhattan from 1977 to 1979 as SAMO © was initially known for its wit, sarcastic humor, and poetry, eventually recognized world wide. Al Diaz, an influential first generation NYC graffiti artist from NYC has never stopped creating art, sending the massages to the world and his career span is now 5 decades...! At this time, he is going to be here at HACO to talk about such incredible journey through/with his career as an artist, also as a person, and his friendship with Basquiat and their good SAMe Old days...
photo by Natalya Maystrenko
-paper, paint, and tin panels-
5/12/2018 - 6/10/2018
opening reception 5/12/18 4:00-6:00
An influential, first generation NYC graffiti artist, who later became a text oriented street artist, Al Diaz's career spans 5 decades. He currently works with the WET PAINT & Service Change Alert signs used throughout the New York City subway system -- cutting out individual letters from multiple signs to create clever, surreal and sometimes poignant anagrams. The reworked signage is then posted back onto subway walls. His WET PAINT work is featured in Nicholas Ganz's book “ Street Messages” and Yoav Litvin’s “2-Create”. Al appears in numerous publications on the subjects of graffiti culture and New York in the ‘70’s & ‘80’s. His most recent exhibitions include 2 solo shows, a 2 man show (along with Carlos Pinto), 7 group shows throughout the continental USA and a museum show in Caracas, Venezuela. This past year (2017) Al was featured in Sara Driver’s film BOOM FOR REAL . A film that explores Basquiat’s teenage years, as well as a BBC documentary (Rage to Riches ) and the BOOM FOR REAL exhibition at London’s BARBICAN MUSEUM. A featured speaker on a variety of panel discussions, including at The New School, The Museum of the City of New York, NOLA Arts Festival in New Orleans and The New York Public Library as part of a discussion panel on the Basquiat Notebooks. Al resurrected the SAMO© graffiti in November of 2016 and has been actively creating new messages and quotes since then. Leaving them in public places throughout the United States and the U.K. Al Diaz presently lives and works in Brooklyn.
VEGESUSHI WORKSHOP by SOUGEN ICHIZUMI
SUSHI: Vegetarian, Vegan, Health concious Friendly...
Delightful, tasteful, artistic NEW STYLE of sushi is coming to HACO from JAPAN
from Hoxai Kitchen
Hoxai Kitchen ; Creative Collective SoUgen(designer) & his crew
VEGESUSHI, created for the health-conscious, for those who can’t, don’t eat fish or simply enjoy vegetables. It is a new style of sushi conceptualized by Hoxai Kitchen, artist Sougen Ichizumi. VEGESUSHI is based on KYOTO’s vegetarian culture and traditional rectangular-shaped pressed sushi. Colorful & seasonal vegetables, delicately cooked, and decorated. Those sushi blocks are served like cakes and awaits to be shared.
The first recipe book, “VEGESUSHI” is a bestseller in Japan, Sougen and his culinary crew such as Chef Kei, and vegetable sommelier Juno are celebrated, their workshop have been a huge success in Paris, Berlin, Bangkok, Tokyo.
This is the very first time the VEGESUSHI workshop is coming to NY.
Not only the experience for exhibition by Legendary Graffiti Artist, Al Diaz, “WAITING 4 A CLUE,” but the delightful sushi making with Sougen Ichizumi awaits you at HACO
GET your inspiration stimulated, and ENJOY the taste of VEGESUSHI!
March 3rd, 4:00-6:00pm
Legendary Graffiti Artist who strives to make art more than 50 years, COCO144 will share his experiences about the CORE of cultural phenomenon, THE BIRTH of GRAFFITI ART scene in NYC in late 1960's. He will also share stories with us about amazing collaborative work with Joffrey Ballet Dance Company in 1973. The never before shown video footage is only on view at HACO at the moment...
February 10 to March 10, 2018
Sat, Feb 10, 2018 6:00 PM
Sat, Mar 10, 2018 7:00 PM
COCO 144 / Roberto Gualtieri
Roberto Gualtieri is a native New Yorker and a pioneer of the subway aerosol movement. In Late 1969 he began writing his name on the streets, then the subways. In 1972 he innovated the use of the stencil, allowing him to paint his unique style citywide.
COCO transitioned from subway writing onto canvas and cofounded the collective United Graffiti Artists (UGA). In 1973, he introduced subway aerosol writing in groundbreaking show at the Razor Gallery in Soho. This pivotal event shifted the public's perception of graffiti and ushered in a new art form that would become a global cultural phenomenon.
Coco's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Artists Space in New York City, The Ninth Biennial in Havana, Cuba, The Cartier Foundation in Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado.
COCO 144 currently lives and paints in New York City
January 20th & 27th 2018
PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOP
WITH Kurt Zager
- Saturday, January 20th & 27th 2018
- 2:00 PM 6:00 PM
Puppet Making workshop
We will be making puppet with paper mache technique instructed by Fine artist, Kurt. $10.00 / person, Materials are included. On your first workshop, you get to make models with paper mache. Following Saturday, 27th, we will meet again to paint and decorate the puppets to complete. limited seats, please register via email "email@example.com" include your name / numbers of peops / phone number.
YOUR INSTRUCTOR : Kurt Zager
Native New Yorker, Fine arts painter working in oil on canvas with a focus on portraiture. Also have various experiences with many decorative art projects including mural, painted stain glass, hand painted wall papers, paper mache, photography.
Dec 9 - Jan 7, 2018
HACO presents a POP-UP store with "Aquvii," a concept store based in Tokyo that specializes in one-of-a-kind gifts and clothing.
On this Holiday season, Aquvvi brings their selection of HOT STUFF from Tokyo and hopes that you will find THE GIFT for yourself and for those near and dear ...
Aquvii Tokyo is a concept store and a fashion brand in Shibuya, Tokyo. Their shop is filled with various items, rather cynical & odd, which they've proudly collected from not only Japan, but from all over the world - with a touch of "peculiar taste."
This is Aquvii's very first time to set up a POP UP STORE in New York.
At HACO, we would like to introduce you to their original items (denim clothes, jewelry) along with a dope selection of the latest "cool" items, with some other selected artists' items & brands they've selected from Tokyo.
Oct 29 - Nov 30, 2017
NEON O’CLOCK WORKS
LIGHT IS CALLING
Installation of box collages and experimental short film screenings. All these box collages are driven by innate spirituality and inner necessity.
Time to be unveiled after a 10 year sleep in the back of my closet.
Light is Calling is NEON O’CLOCK WORKS' first installation exhibition in New York showing their earlier box collages produced in 2006 in Japan, as well as screenings of some experimental short films produced in Tokyo and in London between 2006-2011. These box collages were originally made to symbolize the energy of human desires in the form of box-shaped coffins, - more precisely, female desire for beauty inspired by the history of corsets. Dying for a perfect body of beauty, women suffered from the pain by the act of distorting their body. The complexity of beauty is that it contains not only positive energy, buy it also contains decadence and patience. While the space itself creates a somewhat sacred and solemn atmosphere in the warm lights, the darkness is visible in the light of this installation.
The pure energy of their creativity filled in each box that has slept for nearly 10 years in the artist’s closet, is now time to awake, and to be unveiled.
NEON O’CLOCK WORKS
is a creative unit of Sayaka Maruyama and Tomihiro Kono
Driven by innate spirituality, inner necessity, and often by impulsive reaction the world they live in, NEON O'CLOCK WORKS explores the mediums of photography, short films, drawings, installations and books.
For NEON O’CLOCK WORKS, working as a unit means to them as what Carl Jung said :
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: If there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
They also collaborate with other unique artists and performers from all over the world.
Sayaka Maruyama individually works as a photographer / filmmaker and Tomihiro Kono is well-known for his handmade wigs and distinctive head props he creates for artists / musicians / performing artists.