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Coming soon: Aislinn McNamara February 5th — April 2nd, 2022, Friday and Saturday from 2 — 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.


Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

December 18, 2021- January 15, 2022, open Saturday 11 am – 6 pm and by appointment. Please make an appointment via info3agallery@gmail.com

Satoru Eguchi, Franck Lesbros, Aislinn McNamara, Mieko Meguro, and Michael Smith

In March 2012 when Dan Graham* and I visited Cologne, Germany, it was almost Dan’s 70’s birthday. We went to a cafe with his friends where we saw a newspaper announcing the birthdays of Nagisa Ohshima*, Dan Graham, and Gerd Baltus. We were all so delighted. Nagisa Ohshima and Dan Graham have the same birthday on March 31st, and Gerd Baltus’ is on March 29th. Nagisa Ohshima and Gerd Baltus were born 10 years before Dan. 

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence* is a movie directed by Nagisa Ohshima in 1983. The film is based on Seed and Sower by Sir Laurens van der Post. I love the film because it shows different countries of culture and language sharing similar desperate situations. Here the subject is homosexuality on the battlefield. 

In Japan, homosexuality and tattooing were not taboo in the past. And, about taboo, nobody talked about it, but everyone knew. Japan was a closed country from 1639 to 1854. However, once the country opened to the world in 1854, it discovered that the country’s normal was not what the world expected. People went on not talking about homosexuality and tattoos became a symbol for Yakuza (gangsters). These two cultures are still evolving. 

After Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, Nagisa Ohshima continued to focus on homosexuality in movies such as Gohatto (Taboo). I have no idea why he was interested in this subject.

There was a remarkable essayist Masako Shirasu* (1910-1998).  Her essay A Beauty of Androgynous* contained fascinating information; it describes a person of both sexes. I hope someone translates her book into English. She wrote, “Simone de Beauvoir said ‘one is not born, but rather becomes a woman’. However, before a man becomes a man, there is a mysterious and fascinating period that does not seem to belong to this world”.

I hope my translation is good enough for the reader to understand what she meant.

I wonder if the Ohshima movie’s message in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), and Ohshima’s later movie Gohatto (1999) were related to Masako Shirasu’s view of Japan’s culture and sexuality. Her book was published in 1997 after her death in 1998. So, she talked about taboo and then left this world. 

David Bowie* did a great job acting in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Ryuichi Sakamoto’s* makeup on his face was furious on the battlefield, but in the movie, it works. And Sakamoto’s music for the film was amazing. 

Dan Graham likes Christmas. He talks constantly about Christmas and listens to Christmas songs almost every day. He has a passion for making the greatest hits CDs, and all the CDs have Christmas songs. 

Now, 3A Gallery is ready to present a Christmas show that honors the Christmas lovers Dan Graham and Nagisa Ohshima along with the artists Satoru Eguchi, Franck Lesbros, Aislinn McNamara, Mieko Meguro and Michael Smith. 

I hope all of us are all happy and comfortable with our sexuality. Bravo rainbow!!

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Mieko Meguro

*Dan Graham https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Graham

*Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrencehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merry_Christmas,_Mr._Lawrence
*Sir Laurens van der Posthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurens_van_der_Post

*Nagisa Ohshimahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagisa_Ōshima
*Masako Shirasuhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masako_Shirasu

*The book of Masako Shirasu, A beauty of Androgynous

*David Bowiehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie
*Ryuichi Sakamotohttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryuichi_Sakamoto