Discovered ICN, a Japanese cafe / gallery, recently on Leonard Street and spent some time there yesterday. Enjoyed the unusual, contemporary Japanese art and a cup of hot green tea eased away the pressures of the previous week. The staff and owner seemed so cool, we will definitely be back there soon.
(EDIT – The first two images are from a previous exhibition at the ICN titled OHAKO (十八番) which means one’s best technique and skill. This title is a play on words in Japanese because OHAKO written differently (茶箱) means box. A collection of artists were asked to use a simple tea-box to create a work for the gallery. Riusuke Fukahori produced this with goldfish cast in resin. It’s a shocking piece full of tension but weirdly beautiful at the same time. He has a solo show coming up at the gallery so we will try to go to the opening party for sure.)