Eastern Conference Exhibition

By - February 24th, 2006

Eastern Conference Exhibition

Scion present FRANK 151 FAR EASTERN CONFERENCE EXHIBITION

featuring work from
AK51, EDA, sense, WANTO, ZYS, REI, SAL, YUTA MAN, QP and CR

Ten of Japan’s most talented innovators including AK51, EDA, sense, WANTO, Z¥S, REI, Sal, YUTA MAN, QP and CR are coming together for this unprecedented show. Each artist selected will be showing their work in a variety of mediums ranging from acrylics to aerosol. This groundbreaking event is the first time many of these Japanese artists have participated in a group show of this magnitude on U.S. soil.

Scion Installation Gallery
8553 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA. 90232
www.scion.com/space

Opening reception:
Mar 4th, 2006 | 7pm-10pm

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Eastern Conference Exhibition

Eastern Conference Exhibition

PRESS RELEASE:

Frank151 in Collaboration with Scion Presents the Far Eastern Conference Exhibition

— Scion Creates Haven for Artistic Expression in Los Angeles —

Los Angeles, CA (March 2006) – This spring brings exciting news for the urban fine art community with Frank151, the leading publication for documenting and exploring Verge Culture™, and Scion announcing the unveiling of ‘The Far Eastern Conference Exhibition’ in Los Angeles, California. Ten of Japan’s most talented innovators including AK51, EDA, sense, WANTO, ZYS, REI, Sal, YUTA MAN, QP and CR are coming together for this unprecedented show. Each artist selected will be showing their work on a variety of mediums ranging from acrylics to aerosol. This groundbreaking event is the first time many of these Japanese artists have participated in a group show of this magnitude on U.S. soil.

“Scion is incredibly fortunate to be able to create a platform for emerging and established artists to show in such a nurturing environment,” said Jeri Yoshizu of Scion. “The Scion Installation Gallery is dedicated to host art shows and art-related events for cutting-edge urban artists from across the globe. We’re very excited about allowing such
talented artists to explore their creative visions.”

The Frank151 Far Eastern Conference Japanese Art Show is exhibiting exclusively at the Scion Installation Gallery in Los Angeles, California (8553 Washington Blvd). The exhibit begins Saturday, March 4th from 7-10PM and runs throughout the month, ending on March 25th. Opening night reception will occur on Saturday, March 4th, 7-10 PM. All ten artists will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public.

AK51
While Kouichi Akiyama was a student at Kuwasawa Design Laboratory his artwork caught the eyes of esteemed photographer/graphic artist Mote Sinabel, helping to jumpstart his career in advertising and as an album cover artist. In 2000 he was a crucial component to the successful rise of the apparel brand/design studio Sonarproject. Currently Akiyama is launching a new project called Others, which will cover everything from music to t-shirt graphics.

EDA
Eda has been a creative force since founding the BAL brand at the age of 22. He has participated in art shows, held solo exhibitions, and contributed his work to magazines, controlled visuals of the Fivemanarmy label/brand, FAR. He has also worked with New York artist EASE on the BAL collaboration label Ease Exclusive.

s e n s e
After careers as a snow boarder, track maker, and a guitarist, Sense held his first solo exhibition in 2002, launching his career as an artist. With live painting and art writing as his basis, he became widely known to the world for his works of art in advertising, murals, illustration, clothing design, and album cover art.

WANTO
Hmm, what should I do today? Maybe have a Big Mac and a coffee, I only have 350 yen, maybe Yoshinoya? Now that I’ve had breakfast, maybe I’ll walk around Shibuya. There is nothing new to see around here. Hey, that spot looks pretty cool — it’s mine now! No time to waste on sleeping. I love you Tokyo, the city of tagging.

ZYS
SHINJITSU-WA-YAMINONAKA. TOO MUCH PAIN TOO MUCH GAIN. drawamok TOK¥O. DE$TRO¥ ALL MONSTER. DOUBLE ACTION MOMENTS. DIME HUNTER. SKILL FUCKER.TNF.OWN.

REI
Rei has continued to travel and snowboard in and outside the country since 1992. He formed Normalization in 1999 and has contributed to many events as a live painter. He believes “A painter should exist as a territory, just as the cultures of skaters, rappers, and surfers.” Rei will continue his quest to spread the importance of being creative.

Sal
‘04 output start policy -SAL Inspired mainly by a hint from the event of nature and chases the essence of quality. The design inspiration expanded from a subjective standpoint but it flashing through to viewer given a free image. It is influenced from the rinpa. Painting is poet and atmosphere. Painting is decoration and also philosophy. Painting is practice and then useless. May beauty, be before me. May beauty, be behind me,….May beauty, be all around me.

YUTA MAN
Yuta Man (MAD POP HITS entertainment) is a polar region loving, versatile artist who, with the rebellious attitude he inherited from Hip-Hop culture, aspires to activate and destroy the society through painting, writing and event producing. He held his first exhibitions in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya in 2005 with the help of the apparel brand MACKDADDY. He has thus far participated in group exhibitions such as the Ricky Powell exhibition, the Eams exhibition and the Boombox exhibition and has designed T-shirts, baseball caps and sneakers for Beams T, CA4LA and MADFOOT. He has produced events for NIKE and CAMEL, and for the magazine BRUTUS he went to the Dalamsara region of India to interview the Dalai Lama. He writes a column called “dokudan-jyou” for Studio Voice and madfoot.jp, and writes and edits
for numerous magazines including GQ JAPAN, DAZED & CONFUSED, VICE JAPAN, Beikoku-Ongaku, Jitsuwa-Knuckles and others.

QP
Born, raised, and fed in Tokyo. He transforms his style of “real” into various forms and displays them in different environments such as street. He mainly works out of Tokyo and also in the street culture of many countries. (But not lately) His most recent exhibition was at the “X-COLOR” in the Mito museum. He also has many showings at various galleries. Born in Tokyo(19xx) Growing up in Tokyo(19xx-2005) Still in Tokyo(2006)

CR
Birth Date – June 4 1980. Blood Type – AB. Height – 6 feet 4inches(194cm). Inspiration -The Praying Mantis. CR has a unique style of combining space and line weight, creating a sense of familiarity in unfamiliar forms. People often question the meaning of these shapes, yet it is the ambiguity that draws us into his pieces.

About Scion:
Scion is the newest line of vehicles from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. Developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind; Scion’s mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The Scion brand features three groundbreaking models. The xA is a taut subcompact five-door. The xB, an urban utility vehicle and the tC sports coupe. For more information, visit www.scion.com

About Frank151:
Frank151 is more than a strong brand; it is a rapidly growing cultural icon. The company develops, publishes and distributes the Frank Book, a pocket-sized publication, and also produces and distributes Frank branded merchandise. With the Frank Book as its centerpiece, the Frank151 movement is building a strong foundation in Verge CultureTM epicenters worldwide. By capturing the essence of the global urban mindset and youth lifestyle, Frank151 is influencing, enhancing and changing generations and cultures worldwide.

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