SF – Miyazaki Tribute Art Show

Press Release:

Spoke Art is proud to present the Miyazaki Art Show – a whimsical showcase of over fifty artists from around the world celebrating the films of Japanese film-maker and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Taking inspiration from the Studio Ghibli director’s classic films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Ponyo to his lesser known work like The Wind Rises and Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess, each artist has created unique works inspired by Miyazaki’s imaginative universe.

Including a diverse array of original painting, sculpture and limited edition prints, the Miyazaki Art Show offers each artists’ perspective and interpretation of beloved characters and themes throughout Miyazaki’s films. Imbued with the legendary director’s sense of adventure, deep reverence for nature and strong female characters, this dynamic exhibition is not to be missed.

Please join us for the Miyazaki Art Show, opening Saturday, February 4th, with an opening night reception from 6pm-9pm. Attendees dressed as their favorite Miyazaki character will get priority access to the event and some artists will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, February 25th, 2017.

Participating Artists Include:
Eric Althin | Zard Apuya | Ana Aranda | Ryan Berkley | Laura Bifano | Eric Bonhomme | Ivonna Buenrostro | Rovina Cai | Elsa Chang | Tracie Ching | JAW Cooper | Rhys Cooper | Deangus | Emily Dumas | Jonathan Edwards | Tom Eglington | Jayde Fish | Monica Garwood | Sam Gilbey | Greg Gossel | Gina Hendry | Justin Hilgrove | Kevan Hom | Jackie Huang | Yumiko Kayukawa | Steve Kim | Cuddly Rigor Mortis | Jon Lau | Nan Lawson | Carrie Liao | Keith Lin | Adam Lister | Sergio Lopez | Felt Mistress | Ashley Mackenzie | Kemi Mai | Samantha Mash | Jose Mertz | Guillaume Morellec | Fumi Nakamura | Jeany Ngo | Chelsea O’Byrne | Kat Philbin | Corinne Reid | Allison Reimold | Matt Ritchie | Yohan Sacre | Leonardo Santamaria | Charles Santsoso | Chris Skinner | Annie Stegg | Meghan Stratman | Christopher Uminga | Edwin Ushiro | Lauren YS | Adam Ziskie

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Spoke Art Gallery
816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 796-3774

ToonSeum Screens Miyazaki Films

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Press Release:

Throughout the month of January, The ToonSeum is proud to present a series of film screenings celebrating the birthday of one of the world’s most accomplished artists, Hayao Miyazaki. The filmmaker turns 70 years old on January 5th.

Often called the “Walt Disney of Japan,” Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli reinvigorated the Japanese animation industry in the 1980’s and 90’s with a string of genre-defying masterpieces that would become international hits. But it wasn’t until the success of 2001’s Spirited Away that most American audiences began to discover Miyazaki’s work. Largely through the efforts of PIXAR’s John Lasseter (who lists Miyazaki as not only a huge influence but a great friend), many of Miyazaki’s films have enjoyed broad theatrical and DVD releases.

Miyazaki’s films have changed the way the world thinks about animation. Typified by wild flights of fantasy, political and ecological commentary, and meticulous and breathtakingly beautiful hand-drawn and watercolor animation, Miyazaki films often cast a spell over viewers young and old. While combining nuanced story-telling techniques and a vibrant, naturalistic mis en scene, Miyazaki’s animation often subverts the viewer’s expectations, with calm, reflective moments that give way to unpredictable twists and turns. Most notably, Miyazaki’s protagonists are often strong, confident female characters just as his villains are often complicated, sympathetic victims of circumstance.

The following films will be screened with discussion and production notes:

January 13 at 7:00pm  – Castle in the Sky (Laputa) (1986). After a daring escape from sky pirates, a young girl teams up with an orphaned miner to uncover the secrets of a magical city floating in the clouds.  The second of Miyazaki’s first feature length films, Laputa is full of sweeping action and vibrant characters.

January 22 at 3:00pm – My Neighbor Totoro (1988). Miyazaki’s pastoral masterpiece is a story of two young girls coping with their mother’s illness and resultant move to rural Japan. There they encounter a Totoro, a gentle forest spirit that guides and protects them through the turbulent time. Totoro is the antithesis of American children’s movies: quiet, observant, and humane. Named by the British Film Institute as one of the Greatest Children’s Movies of All Time.

January 27 at 7:00pm – Princess Mononoke (1998) Roger Ebert called it “the Star Wars of animated film,” and he wasn’t exaggerating. The boldest and darkest of Miyazaki’s films, Mononoke is a complex Buddhist parable in which spiritual forces do battle with ragged human imperialists. Lush and provocative, Mononoke marks Miyazaki’s first foray into computer-generated imagery, accentuating  several scenes with bizarre movement, though every single cel remained hand-drawn.

In addition to the screenings, the ToonSeum will conduct a poll allowing fans to vote for their favorite Miyazaki films and characters.

Films are all family-friendly, however Princess Mononoke contains adult themes and war-related violence. Admission for the screenings by donation only.