Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Studio Visit: Steve Murillo and Margaret Sweeton

So currently, my artwork is showcased at KMUW in downtown, Wichita. In the same building is the studio of Wichita’s legendary artist Steve Murillo and his wife Margaret Sweeton, who is also an excellent artist. The other day, I got to visit their studio. I had heard rumors, but oh, it was such a vast studio with many exciting creative activities going on simultaneously!


Steve is a novelist as well! It was so inspiring and uplifting to hear many stories from his rich and long years of experience. They were so welcoming, and such a sweet couple!

Walking down the street on a pleasant fall day, I felt like Wichita is becoming more and more my home. I am fortunate to get to know many brilliant artists in Wichita. Maybe I should start writing about them in Japanese in my blog! (Thanks to Steve and Margaret for permission to share the photos.)





 今、ウィチタのダウンタウンにあるKMUWにて展示をさせていただいていますが、このビルの中にはウィチタ在住の伝説的なアーティスト、スティーブ・ムリロさんと、またご自身も素晴らしいアーティストである奥様のマーガレット・スウィートンさんのスタジオ(アトリエ)があります。先日そのスタジオに訪問させて頂きました。噂には聞いていましたが、そのスタジオの大きなこと!またいろいろな創作活動が並行して行われている様子に驚きました。

 スティーブさんは小説家でもあり、長年の豊富な創作経験からお話を伺い、刺激や元気をもらいました。素敵なご夫妻に快く迎えていただき、心地よい秋の通りを歩きながら、ウィチタがますます自分のホームになってきたように感じました。アート活動をしているうちに、ウィチタ在住の多くの素晴らしいアーティストの方々とお知り合いなってきたので、いつかこのブログ内でウィチタ・アーティスト紹介シリーズみたいなのを日本語で書き始めようかな、なんて思っております。(写真掲載の許可をご本人たちに頂きました。)




121 N. Mead, Ste. 200 Wichita, KS, 67202
Tel. (316)978-6789




Sunday, October 3, 2021

KMUW Exhibition Continues

I want to mention again about my show at KMUW. It's the show featuring the KMUW's Artist Series 2021, and open Mon - Fri, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm. This show includes my paintings and a sculpture that are available to purchase, (maybe for your office or/and Christmas presents?) and a video presentation of my installation art to enjoy to watch. If you are interested in purchasing my work, please talk to the KMUW receptionist. Or you can contact me through my website or my email: ckmyose@gmail.com.


Sojourning #26


Iridescence #81




Sojourning #21
     
Gift

     Sojourning #21 and installation "Gift" are the ones that KMUW printed on the mug and t-shirt as the gifts for the supporters.   For supporting KMUW, please visit their page for more details. 

     I am so excited to be chosen as the artist for this event this year and I hope my work will serve well for the community.

Chiyoko Myose: Exhibit at KMUW
121 N. Mead, Ste. 200 Wichita, KS, 67202
Tel. (316)978-6789

Saturday, September 4, 2021

KMUW 2021 Featured Artist Exhibition Starts

     The KMUW 2021 Featured Artist Exhibition is going to start today.  In this show, I am showing about 20 pieces of painting and a sculpture.  Also, KMUW created a fantastic video of a retrospective presentation of my selected installation art, collaborations, and solo exhibitions from the past 10 years.  I am so excited and humbled.  I will be there from 4:00 - 6:00pm today.  As they cannot hold any events that may have more than 10 people at a time, the space is open only during the business hour of 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Monday - Friday.  The good news is that this show will run through January 2022!  Hope you will have a chance to visit the show.  

                                                         


Sojourning #27


Iridescence #84


Petite Gift (detail)

     I made this small sculpture with the same idea and technique of my large-scale installation "Gift" which was first exhibited at CityArts, Wichita, KS, in 2017.  Some people have asked me if I could make a small version of "Gift" using their own family's and friends' used clothes.  So I made this sculpture piece as an example.  It is covered with a shadow box for protection.


The whole image of installation "Gift" exhibited at CityArts, Wichita, KS, 2017
Photograph by Dimitis Skliris

Chiyoko Myose: Exhibit Opening
Sep. 3, 2021
121 N. Mead, Ste. 200 Wichita, KS, 67202
Tel. (316)978-6789



Saturday, July 3, 2021

"Gifts from Our Homeland" is Installed at Salilna HEC

       After the second part of the installation work for my new piece "Gifts from Our Homeland" was finished by an electrician, I went up to Salina, KS again to check the piece.  It was beautifully installed and the information plaque was already posted.  If you missed my previous blog article on this work, please click here.  




Artist Statement

Gifts from Our Homeland

2021

Mixed media

Chiyoko Myose

Wichita, Kansas

 

       “Gifts from Our Homeland” was inspired by the selfless hard work of medical professionals and the unique mission of KU School of Medicine and School of Nursing in Salina, KS.  This piece has several layers of meaning; it sends a message of hope and appreciation while also signifying the importance of relationships and the home.

     The circular element in each shadowbox indicates a breath, a sign of hope for the patients.  The alternation in size from left to right or from right to left represents the movement of breathing.  The material of gauze reminds us of the medical workers’ gentle touch and determination to care for wounded people.  Each circle also connotes a flower bouquet to send appreciation to the medical professionals.  The background represents the Kansas landscape with gold-colored open fields.  The material of the thread signifies the relationship with the people of Kansas and our homeland.   Adding fiber optic cable lights not only enhance the meanings of the piece but also represents the importance of communication in medical practice, including telemedicine.    

       The fiber optic cables can be lit up by downloading the app; the lights can change color and can create movement in the piece.  After your use, please turn off the light and close the app by swiping up. 

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     During this time of the pandemic, I thought about medical professionals and their hard work many many times.  I wanted to express my appreciation to them somehow and I am grateful that this opportunity came at a very good timing.  


The piece without lighting


     I took many photos and videos and played with the fiber optic cable lights by downloading the app.  Everything worked great and it was fun! 
 

     I'm putting the lights on and changing the movement.  There are several movements available such as "fade," "breathe," "jump," and "flash."  However, the color choices are limited depending on the movement.  That is the only downside of this fiber optic cable light product I found.  For example, I wanted to use only white color with "breathe" movement, but there is no option like that.  It has a remote control as well, but we decided not to place it for public use.  

                                   
   

 
From the inside of the lounge area

Reflection on the lounge windows. 
It looks like there is another piece on the other side?

Changing the colors

Seeing the color change on the five pieces together.  I like the slight time lag.
Seeing the movement walking by.


Details




Video of the detail
The piece can respond to voice and music.
Music 
Music


     This sound feature was so cool, but I would suggest that the school not use it when classes are in session.  The sound and music may interfere with classes and exams.  
     
     The school is planning an opening event in the fall.  I don't know if it is going to be open to the public.  I presume they will give a tour or something like it if somebody asks for it in the future.  They have many gorgeous artworks in this building. I am so excited and grateful that my work was included in their collection. I hope this piece will be enjoyed by the people at the school for many years to come. 

KU School of Medicine Salina Health Education Center
138 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Salina, Kansas, 67401
Tel: (785) 822-0400


Sunday, June 27, 2021

My Website is Renewed

      I recently renewed my website chiyokomyose.com .  It is now smartphone-friendly.  Please visit it if you haven't.  

     Also, I have an Instagram account at chiyokomyoseart.  Feel free to follow me!


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

City Bird Keeper is now a PokeStop for Pokemon GO

     The Keeper that my daughter Sarah and I painted is now a PokeStop!  You can spin it and it gives you goodies!  It's fun that our art piece is enjoyed by the people of the community in this kind of way, too.  And, yes, I have sent a request to Niantic to fix the misspelling of my name.  




     This is one of the Keepers to celebrate Wichita's 150th anniversary.  The title of the piece is City Bird Keeper.  Here is the link to more details about this Keeper, if you are interested. 




     I had some fun with my buddy and other Pokemon with our Keeper in the background a bit.  
 






     By the way, Pokegoers, our Keeper is visible from the street and it can be reached to interact with from the street, but obviously, don't do that while you're driving!  



City Bird Keeper
Clapp Memorial Park (NE Corner of the park)
4611 E.. Harry St, Wichita, KS 67218
There is a parking lot on the west side of the clubhouse.  It is about a couple of minutes' walk from the parking lot to our Keeper.