The Accidental Orientalist salon at the Causey/Jeffery residence in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY will serve as an introduction of west coast artist, John David O'Brien to an intimate group of art lovers in NYC. John's newest creations will be on display during the salon.
John's art reflects his investigations and interest in how abstraction relates to those like him (now called adult third culture kids) who while being from one culture are born into another and have lived outside of their birth culture a significant part of their developmental life. O'Brien was born to American parents in Japan where he lived for 3 years and then moved in Italy between the ages of 13 and 28 before returning to the US. He currently oscillates between Los Angeles California and Umbria, Italy.
Accidental Orientalist will feature a selection of new paintings on aluminum mounted photographs and sculptures incorporating a mix of steel, copper, aluminum, wood, acrylic paint and ink and is based on slides of Japan which were taken by his father in the mid 1950's before the artist was born there.
In addition to being able to meet and chat with John in person, attendees will also have a chance to see a performance of more traditional Japanese music by renown Koto and Shamisen player, Sumie Kaneko.
Sumie was born and raise up in Chiba, Japan. She started playing koto when she was at five, next year she was broadcasted by NHK. In 1995, Sumie won in Takasaki International Competition in Koto performance. At Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She decided to study Jazz vocal performance at Berklee College of Music. She started borderless music project J-Trad & More. Performance highlights includes: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, touring in south America organized by Japan Foundation NY, touring in Bangladesh invited by Embassy of Japan in Dhaka, music directions for a winner of Pulitzer Prize Paula Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home, Harvard University, Boston Ballet, Berklee College of Music and many more collaborations with world instrumentalists.
Sumie is currently based in NYC. She tours overseas regularly with her own band J-Trad & Morefusing her Japanese roots with the colors of jazz and freedoms of avant-garde. In this band she produces an original sound with beyond of traditional instrumentation. The first album "J-Trad And More" was released in summer 2012.
To accompany the fusion of Western and Japanese art and music, attendees will have the opportunity to sample six styles of Sake and share asian hors d'oeuvres.
The salon will begin at 6:30 p.m at the Causey/Jeffery residence located at 317 S. 4th St. Unit 1, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Space is limited to 50 people.
About the artist
John O’Brien was born in Sagamihara, Japan; he currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California and Umbria, Italy . His work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions throughout the USA and Italy at such locales as the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Laguna Museum of Art, theFresno Art Museum, the Cheney Cowles Museum in Spokane, WA, The San Diego Art Institute, LMU, Los Angeles,Arkansas State University, The Print Club, Philadelphia PA Les Atelier Nadar , Marseille France, Museo Archeologico di amelia, Italy, Museo d’Arte Moderna e dell’Informzione, Senigallia, Italy;Museo Del Municipio, Val Topino, Italy, the Palazzo DuCale , Gubbio, Italy, Chateau Chropyne Kromeriz, Czech Republic, Academia Raffaello, Urbino, Italy; and the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, Italy.
Additionally, he has curated some 40 exhibitions in California, Italy and the Netherlands. John has created public works for the Warner Center, The Westwood Branch Library, The Sepulveda Park West, The Mr Vista Branch Library, The MTA at Balboa Station in Los Angeles, Habitat 825 Residence in West Hollywood, The Judge John Aiso Plaza in Lost Angeles, and The Caltech Analemmatic Sun Dial.
As well as being a working artist, John finds time to work as a critic and writer for Artillery Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, Tema Celeste, ArtScene, World Art, and Art in America among other publications.