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Collage garbage: Artist makes works of art with discarded everyday items

Brooklyn Daily

One woman’s old lingerie is another woman’s art.

A new gallery exhibit features whimsical artwork that makes use of discarded household goods. Ladles, sleeping masks, high heels, and even a close friend’s brassiere find their way into Emi Sugimoto’s art in “13 In Order To Mosh” at Ouchi Gallery.

But what does it mean?

Sugimoto’s presentation of everyday objects in surprising ways goes hand in hand with her fondness for the vague. Everything is pieced together in the style of three-dimensional collages known as découpage, which creates a kind of kidnapper’s ransom letter effect. The Tokyo-based artist, who lived in Paris for two years, chose to use French on her canvases to create a sense of ambiguity, especially to her Japanese audience, who are unlikely to understand the text.

Even the exhibition’s title was meant to be unclear. She chose the number 13 because it didn’t seem to belong anywhere.

“13 is neither too big nor too small a number; it’s in a class of it’s own,” said Sugimoto.

As a freelance decorator and window-dresser, Sugimoto has contributed to prominent brands and major department stores such as UNIQLO, Seibu, and Matsuya Ginza. This is her first solo exhibition in New York.

“13 In Order To Mosh” at Ouchi Gallery [170 Tillary Street, Suite 507 in Downtown Brooklyn, (347) 987–4606,] Through May 5th. Open Wed-Sun 12-6PM.

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