/ Best of Charleston /

From: Charleston City Paper: Best Of Charleston 2006

MARCH 1, 2006

CRITICS' PICKS | Culture, Arts & Entertainment

Best East-Meets-West

Sawaguzo!, Oct. 27-Nov. 5, 2005
Redux Contemporary Art Center

In late Oct. '05, the Sawaguzo! festival -- organized by Kevin Hanley and other smarties at Redux Contemporary Arts Center -- kicked off a week-long celebration of Japanese-themed visual art, music, film, cuisine, and culture. The seven-day festival kicked off Sawaguzo!'s centerpiece, a month-long exhibition of new work by three Japanese-born contemporary artists, Aya Kakeda, Miwa Koizumi, and Fumiha Tanaka, which remained on view through November. The festival featured Japanese, Asian-American, and Asian-inspired musical acts such as DMBQ, Green Milk from the Planet Orange, Yukari Yucca, Shinji Masuko, and Shellshag who mingled and jammed with such local music groups as Genrevolta, Maniquinn, and others. A two-night "Japanese Horror Film Fest" packed with Japan's goriest, strangest films by directors like Takeshi Miike added mightily to the vibe. --T. Ballard Lesemann

Best Lecture Interrupted by Godzilla

Aya Kakeda, Fumiha Tanaka, and Miwa Koizumi, October 2005
Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St. Downtown

All college lecture formats need a shake-up now and again. What better to do that than a 100-meter-tall radioactive dinosaur? As part of Redux Contemporary Art Center's Sawaguzo! festival (see above), three giggling Japanese artists gave a talk at CofC's Simons Center for the Arts. To wrap up the event, they ran screaming from the college in the shadow of Godzilla, projected on one wall of the lecture room while images of the Earth loomed on another. Maybe the monster was after Miwa Koizumi's edible art -- tastier than any Toho Studio extra. --Nick Smith



FIAF Crossing the Line 2010

/Farm City Fair/

Sept. 12, 2010 (11am-5pm)

The Invisible Dog Art Center

Miwa is presenting a new flavor 'Bergen St.' of NY Flavors Ice Cream as part of this year's Crossing the Line Festival


Free Store

/NY Flavors Ice Cream /

Feb. 19th and March 20th

99 Nassau St.

Miwa is presenting a new flavor 'Wall St.' of NY Flavors Ice Cream at the opening and closing of the Free Store


/Unnatural Acts and other illicit thoughts about nature/

Jan. 2-15, 2009

Broadway Gallery

Small quick show in a venerable downtown institution

Peekskill Project08

/PET Project and NY Flavors Ice Cream /

Sept. 13 - Nov. 23rd 2008

Peekskill, NY

Miwa is installing some PETs on the piers and will be serving a new flavor of NY Flavors Ice Cream for 2 days at the opening

Working Space 08

/Curated by Tatiana Arocha/

Aug 2 - Sept 20, 2008

Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space

Artists employing a wide variety of media, from AAI's Rotating Studio Program, Fall 2007 and Spring 2008. Curated by Tatiana Arocha


/Summer Invitational/

Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2008

George Adams Gallery

A New York Flavors Ice Cream performance at the opening of a show called "Cool" at the George Adams Gallery in Chelsea. Miwa will be serving a new New York Flavored Ice Cream "34th St Herald Square" (kimuchi !).


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