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On View Now: Satoru Eguchi. June 5–July 17, 2022.

Gallery hours: Sunday 2PM–6PM and by appointment. Please make an appointment via info@3agallery.com

Water Bless You

I wrote a picture book titled “Water Bless You.” At this time, I had a literary agent. She had been trying to find a publisher for my books for three years. Then I wrote “Water Bless You.” She told me, “you can’t use the word ‘bless’ for water! Only God can bless you.” So then I explained to her about the Japanese Shinto religion, which is a nature god. Shinto believes we all have a god. Stone has a god. Sky has a god. Earth has a god. Also each human being has our own god inside of us. So of course, water has a god and water can bless you. Then she said to me, “it sounds like new age.” Then she said, “well, anyway, we couldn’t find a publisher for three years. Maybe this is a time to terminate our relationship.” 

I love water. I understand why I am fascinated by Satoru’s work. It is water elements made by paper, which sounds ridiculous, and his water fountain or icicle, if touched by water, will melt. That is funny. Immanuel Kant said, an esthetic object was only esthetic, or only art, if it was completely useless. “Useless!!!” This statement of Kant’s helped me a lot to understand art and myself. I am actually useless. However, it is ok to still be here. I feel Kant gave me permission to be human being as artist—useless!

Satoru’s art is useless. But, his art is charming and when I see it I always laugh. Laughing is good. Laughing makes life rich. So I still believe water can bless you.

Mieko Meguro

Photos by Satoru Eguchi.

Recent Past

Aislinn McNamara February 5th — April 2nd, 2022,

Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday from 2 PM — 6 PM and by appointment. Please make an appointment via info3agallery@gmail.com

I will never forget the first time I visited Aislinn’s studio.
Her studio walls were deep green. The green reminded me of Evergreen wood.
Evergreen is a familiar color to me because I come from Hokkaido, Japan, and Hokkaido has beautiful evergreen trees like in Scandinavia. But, I believe Scotland’s or Ireland’s evergreens must be the best rich deep green. There were her blown sculptures on the green wall. The sculptures have holes. I was tempted to jump into those brown holes. What a great experience I had in her studio.

Thirty years ago, the first time I visited the Picasso Museum in Paris, the building seemed to me just an ordinary mansion. At the entrance, I found the stairs and a high ceiling. The high ceiling had a rustic ironwork chandelier; my professor told me that it was Albert Giacometti’s brother, Diego Giacometti’s work. When the door was open, it was because Picasso’s cat sculpture was sitting there as a door stopper. It was super charming. But now, Picasso’s museum in Paris has renewed itself into a white museum with a stylish doorman standing by the door. Where has that cat sculpture gone?

Nowadays, every museum has become similarly white-walled with cheap materials. The style looks the same as commercial galleries, so it is easy to change with the installations.

I can’t say that I like Renzo Piano because he has decorated almost all museums like shiny white cubes with no character and no blood. They are made for “style”. It’s easy that all the walls are white.

However, as much as I love the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, I also love Tate Britain. The walls have strong colors, yet, this makes the artworks stronger, emphasized by the background.

If all walls end up white, William Morris’s beautiful wallpapers will be framed and shown on a white wall, which doesn’t make sense.

I very much enjoyed and was excited to visit Aislinn’s studio; seeing her playful artworks and the world she made that belongs to her soul.

I hope 3A Gallery can represent Aislinn’s art as it was in the world of her studio. The many holes of her sculptures might be inhaling you, or groundhogs will be jumping up from those holes, so you must be careful.

Photos by Audrey Kenison. Exterior photo by Bucky Miller.