5 December 2009

Almost Finished

Although most of the Western Harness store is complete, I have to finish the electric wiring and painting the frame.
When beginning this work I had no knowledge of a American Harness store or American buildings. I asked many Americans about the buildings I was about to recreate. A Lawyer in Los Angeles taught me a great deal. On his suggestion I visited a ghost town in California. Visiting the ghost town was very useful for my research. On my return home I stopped off at the stagecoach museum in Sacramento city. The attendant there gave me many photographs pertaining to the harnesses. Little by little I began to understand about harnesses and the real Western buildings of that time. The learning process was very enjoyable for me.
The name of the work is Carl Froseth Store. The store was located in Thief River in northern Minneapolis in Minnesota during the early twentieth century. One of Mr. Carl Froseth's descendants commissioned the work. The client will be coming to view the work soon.


Carl Froseth Store

5 December 2009




31 October 2009

Design Festa

In Tokyo Big Sight on Oct. 24th and 25th I participated in a art event called Design Festa.
http://www.designfesta.com/application/index_en.html
In the past when I have participated in the event I put my booth in a Dimmed Lighted Area. This time however I had my booth in the Regular Lighting Area. Below the photograph shows the many people that came by to look at my work. The expensive work does not sell much but the book and photograph sell very well. It also will give me many more students and a few business offers as well. I plan on attending the even next year when it is held in May.


Photography:RARUKA

31 October 2009




15 October 2009

The Photos from inside my class

There is a club named Tokyo Solid Model Club. They make wonderful handmade airplanes. Recently they approached me about my work, following with a visit to my workshop. They published a article and many photos of my class on their website. Enjoy the photos, I am sorry the text is all in Japanese.
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/tsmc/net/coffee-UN16-Sanketa2.html
The top photos show my class in Sengoku. A student has borrowed me a room in his company to hold my workshop. Sengoku is close to my own studio. It shows me teaching how to make a fire station building and the fire pump. The following evening I participated in the regular meeting of the Tokyo Solid Model Club. The last pictures show the meeting. Currently I only hold class in Sengoku, teaching structures in 1/80th scale. I have scheduled a class for next year to teach Art In A Box in 1/12th scale. The new class will be in my own studio.


Photography: Takezou Yamageta

15 October 2009




12 September 2009

"Tokyo Story"

It's Tuesday morning and I am sitting down in a cafe here in New York and began absorbing my experiences with the miniature world of Haga san. It is hard to explain my time with him in Tokyo in general.

Once upon a time in Tokyo, a man named Ichiyoh Haga, miniature artisan decided to give an opportunity to Jee Hoon Stark to come to his world of miniatures. The story begins like this.

About one month ago, I met Mr. Haga and we began our month long workshop. I was interested in him purely out of my curiosity and my interest in the postwar architecture of Japan from the films of Yasujiro Ozu (Japanese film director). Mr. Haga's work attracted me in black and white spectrum. It was very clear to me that he is creating a world that I could appreciate and gain some knowledge of his passion. He is incredibly skilled craftsman. During the workshop, I began to see Ozu's reminiscent narratives in Mr. Haga's works. This so-called 'workshop' was not only a learning session to his world but also to gain a special relationship between us. I would come to Mr. Haga's studio daily and we would work. It was fascinating not only the outcome of the product, but also the process of the outcome. To me, this was very essential part of my learning process from him. It was my pleasure to watch him create and learn his path of his own miniature world. I learned that his path is only a path from many and he wanted to show me just that. He would always encourage me to try and take a path I would like to take during the process of creating. This opportunity and the way of working have affected me very positively. I too am an artist. I have great passion for creating. In my field, I love creating both two-dimensional and three-dimensional spaces. I have studied architecture in Iowa and continued to work as a designer and painter. I began observing my experiences in Tokyo with my daily scribbles. In the beginning, we had some difficult times communicating due to our language differences, but as days went by, our words became very clear and comfortable. Throughout, he showed me his world and I absorbed his passion.

Along the way, I had wonderful warmth from his wife. I enjoyed her thoughtful daily dose of fruits. I was simply intrigued. One day it's Kiwi with pineapple and the next day it will be peaches with ice cold jasmine tea. Starting off each day thrilled me. I truly appreciated her hospitality. Mr. Haga also introduced me to many of his friends and family. He even introduced me to his old collection of Georges Moustaki, a French musician. It was very pleasant to learn and work under the sound of Georges Moustaki. It was my pleasure to hear him and discover new music for my own collection. It was also great to meet his former and current students. They are a very talented group of people with unique backgrounds. I enjoyed spending time with them very much. The list of my experiences with Haga-san goes on and on and I would like to continue but I will stop here. This is the beginning of my relationship with Mr. Haga and Tokyo. I have finished a minor work in miniature called 'a water tower with abandoned cabin'. It was a success. I was very pleased the way it all came together. There were many obstacles during the process, but I am very happy about the result of the work. A great teacher, a friend, and genuine man helped me get there. Thank you Haga san for showing me the first and most important step.

It is uncertain why Mr. Haga took me in and showed me his world of miniature. A chance? Maybe. Or according to him, it's because I am residing in Brooklyn and he likes the film 'Once Upon a Time in America'. Well, all I know is that he gave me a special memory to keep. I know that and I believe that sometimes you just know by your experiences without defining the answer.

Now I will go watch 'Once Upon a Time in America'.

Ozu Otaku, Jee Hoon Stark
08 September 2009


"A Water Tower with Abandoned Cabin"
Scale: 1/80
Production: Jee Hoon Stark
Photography: Ichiyoh Haga

12 September 2009




13 August 2009

"Mr. Jee Hoon Stark"

On August 5th, an American artist came from Brooklyn New York to learn about miniatures. Jee Hoon Stark is a 33 years old, that was born in Soul, grew up in Iowa and is now living in Brooklyn New York.
He is staying in Asakusa Tokyo in a cheap hotel, and rides a cheap broken down bicycle to my studio each day. He will stay until September 4th.
Here is his art work and his blog spot.
http://jeehoonstark.blogspot.com/



Mr. Jee Hoon Stark

13 August 2009




16 July 2009

"Harness Store"

I mentioned before that I had a commission from a American to recreate a old time Western Harness Store. This store is to be finished by the end of the year. I was concerned because I could not picture the shape of the entire piece. I started to sketch the facade of the store, and suddenly the vision came. I am now working frantically. Already complete are the sides, roof and inside of the store. It is a very big project, however I have already finished many harnesses, goods and containers for display inside the store. At this rate it looks like I will be able to have the work complete by the end of the year. Please keep checking back to watch my progress.



16 July 2009




28 May 2009

"At Gallery Yujitsu in Utsunomiya"

My exhibition is opening at the Gallery Yujitsu in Utsunomiya city, it will run through June 7th 2009. Utsunomiya city is approximately 100 miles north of Tokyo. The gallery is inside a big stone warehouse. It makes a wonderful setting for a art exhibition. Details are below.

Title: Ichiyoh Haga's Work Exhibition
URL: http://www.yujitsu.com/en/
Place: Gallery Yujitsu
Address: 1-7-10- Yoshino Utsunomiya City Tochigi Prefecture
Phone: 028-633-6285
Date: May 10th - June 7th, 2009
Open: 11:00am - 6:00pm (closed Tuesdays)
Admission: 800 yen



28 May 2009




4 May 2009

"Miniature Collector"

I was very happy to have my work Nicorette Pub featured in the March 2009 issue of Miniature Collector magazine. I have purchased 3 copies, and plan to express my gratitude to Barbara Aardema the publisher.



Miniature Collector March 2009

4 May 2009




10 April 2009

"A TV camera came"

At the exhibition I held in Tokyo last week, a television company (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) came and interviewed me. I was very nervous to be in front of the TV camera. They plan to produce a short news piece on my craft club. The program will be broadcast on "Good morning Japan". The program will air April 11th at about 7:30 AM.



Photography : Junichirou Yamano

10 April 2009




8 March 2009

"A House of Red-Light District has been completed"

My work titled "A House of Red-Light District" has finally been completed. "Ichimatsu Doll Gallery" requested this piece. Ichimatsu will add several Oiran (high class prostitutes) dolls to the stage I just completed.
A long time ago when Tokyo was called "Edo", there was a house of red-light district called "Kado Ebi Roh" in the Yoshiwara district of Edo. The Kado Ebi Roh house once burned down in 1911 in Meiji era (followed Edo era). It was quickly rebuilt and the business continued until 1958 when the anti prostitution law was enforced. The business recently has diversified in fields such as boxing and jewelry with a gym called "Kado Ebi Gym" and a jewelry business called "Kado Ebi Jewelry"
Ichimatsu Gallery will eventually deliver this miniature work to the Kado Ebi group. Creating the appearance of the Kado Ebi atmosphere or style was very difficult work for me. The actual research and planning took longer then the actual creation of the miniature piece. It had to express a elegant quality, the miniature work was the least shabby one among them all.
I actually completed the work around February 20th, however until the client says they are satisfied it is not done. Recently Ichimatsu people came to me and said "satisfied". So now I can declare the completion of the work on this website.




8 March 2009




7 February 2009

Guest from a distance

When I found myself lost in Sacramento last summer I asked a stranger in a parking lot of a hospital. His name was Noya, he said "follow me behind my car". He led me for a long way, more then 10 Kilometers. I offered him 10 dollars for his trouble. He refused to take my money. I gave him one of my brochures as we parted. We were able to meet again when Noya and his family came to Tokyo to visit my studio in January. I showed him what I am working on now, The Rooms in a Old Licensed Quarters. We went to dinner in a roast meat restaurant. It was a very happy visit.



Noya is on the right

7 February 2009




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