Art / Design, England

ICN Gallery

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.)

ICN Gallery London OHAKO 1

ICN Gallery London OHAKO 2

ICN Gallery London Ryo Arai 2

ICN Gallery London Ryo Arai 3

ICN Gallery London Ryo Arai 4

ICN Gallery London Ryo Arai 5

ICN Gallery London Ryo Arai 9

ICN Gallery London Ryo Arai 8

ICN Gallery London Ryo Arai 7

ICN Gallery London Ryo Arai 6

ICN Gallery London Ryo Arai 1

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3 thoughts on “ICN Gallery

  1. Guy Foster says:

    Joe, can you describe the piece at the top of the post a little more? The orange shapes look like fish, and yet they are all lined up as if they are swimming against the same current that I assume isn’t there – I assume they are not alive?

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