On May 05, 2018, action painter Naoki Iwakawa painted our gates in the pouring rain. Afterward, a delighted crowd joined us for drinks, snacks, and music from DJ Tek in our Gallery space.
Naoki Iwakawa was born in Osaka, Japan. He moved to the States in 1991. In 1996, he founded The Cave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Shige Moriya and became an artist-in-residence there. His work has been shown at OK Harris, Art Gotham, 450 Broadway Gallery and Cast Iron Gallery, in NYC. He was voted best action painter by The Village Voice. Naoki is also the master sushi chef at the excellent Japanese restaurant, GEN in Brooklyn. In his work Iwakawa brings to fruition a rare sensibility capable of merging the chaotic and Dionysian quality of experience with the meditative quality of action.
DJ Tek is an experienced Brooklyn vinyl DJ who started learning his craft at the age of 14. He moved to Tokyo after high school where he was resident DJ at club Family. In 2004, he moved to New York where he started to DJ the Monday open turntable nights at Five Spot. He’s opened for DJs such as Large Professor and has been the resident DJ for the Japanese event crew Odoru.