HPGRP GALLERY NEW YORK Lotus Photography Summer Group Show August 15, 2013 – August 31, 2013

hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK is pleased to inaugurate a photo group exhibition, “Lotus Photography Summer Group Show” curated by Takayuki Fujii. The exhibition has about 30 photographers and video artists work in the U.S and about 80 works. It aims to show what professional photographers are feeling, and thinking through their lens.

What is “Lotus Photography”

With the advancement of technology, photography has become the most familiar form of media expression for both young and old. Utilizing this recognition of the medium, “Lotus Photography” is a new dynamic website that acts as a database of photographers and their work—and also a listings resource of museums, galleries, and photography-related events throughout the United States. In addition, the website provides academic resources and partners with educational institutions in order to ensure cultural contribution. By providing such a service to photographers “Lotus Photography” will form a community of photo enthusiasts.

In addition to web-based content, “Lotus Photography” integrates a physical gallery space that is responsible for group exhibitions and other photography-related events. With an opportunity to exhibit works at the gallery, the website not only makes photographers more accessible in an online format, but also supports artists with the opportunity to exhibit. “Lotus Photography” is a project merging photography content online and real life exhibition space.

Art Beat Inc and hpgrp Gallery jointly present “Spuyten Duyvil,” a solo exhibition of new ceramics and drawings by Yumiko Furukawa. The exhibition will be on view from August 15th to August 24th at Hpgrp Gallery New York. Furukawa is currently showing at Setouchi Triennale 2013, Japan.

In her sculptural installations Furukawa often responds to local folktales and legends. In this exhibition she presents new pottery made using indigenous Japanese pottery techniques, created based on New York legends from the collection Spooky New York: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore by S. E. Schlosser, illustrated by Paul G. Hoffman. The pottery pieces are presented in an installation with found objects and are accompanied by watercolor drawings, also responding to the tales.

Yumiko Furukawa was born in Fukushima, Japan and received an MFA and PhD from Tokyo National University of the Arts (Geidai). She is based in New York and Tokyo.

Contact Kosuke Fujitaka kosuke@nyartbeat.com Aneta Glinkowska aneta@nyartbeat.com

LIVING IN NEVER-NEVER LAND at Rox Gallery – August 1st – September 9th, 2013

“Peter Pan Posse is more than a gang. Its a mental attitude. We are born and bred New Yorkers who preserve the outlaw lifestyle. A lifestyle that chose us. We have mastered the art of surviving these city streets. We are the artists you admire, we are the drug dealers with the least cut, we throw the parties you make mistakes at. We make the music you do drugs to. We are the kids you talk shit about. We don’t sneak into parties, we sneak out of them. We don’t pay for bottles, we throw them. We get paid to play. We can’t grow up, its a full-time job not giving a fuck.”