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“Ace Hotel,” with each room of it exhibiting art pieces like a gallery, opened in Mid Town NY.
Some of the Zank & Mars agency artists took a part in this project.
At this hotel, you can spend a day surrounded by art, as if you are at a solo exhibition. You can enjoy high quality artworks that you could usually only see at art galleries. Enjoy food, drinks, or read a book... how you spend your day in the room is up to you.
By letting art be a part of your life, you can see art from a different point of view, or you can feel the joy of being close to art. This hotel should not be ignored by true art-lovers.
When I first stepped into the hotel while it was still under construction, the first thing I noticed was how creative people involved in this project were. The existence of this hotel itself is a piece of art that was completed by their teamwork. Because they know the joy of sharing art and they feel it from the bottom of their heart, this art piece was created.
This place also symbolizes NY. Ace Hotel is highly recommended for people who want to feel NY first hand.
Arisa Itami spreads love to the world through music and art. Arisa is a Japanese artist who is a Jazz singer, an actress, and a curator. She works mainly in Brooklyn NY. In 2008, she visited Africa to teach origami art to children in Nigeria. To make art a part of daily life and to change the world with art, she started “Zank and Mars organization.” She operates an art gallery called Ouchi Gallery in Brooklyn where modern art was born during the art revolution in 1970s. As an artist, she was a part of the mural painting team for the Atlanta Coca Cola museum in 2007. Arisa started a movement called “min-gei”, which is a fruition of her concept “LIFE IN ART.” The purpose of “min-gei” is to regenerate the Japanese folk art movement called "Mingei," which developed in the late 1920s, as a new style in the modern time. The theory of Mingei was to discover beauty in everyday objects created by nameless craftsmen and introduce it to the world. "min-gei" restores the movement in present time with a new theory: making art a part of our every day life. Arisa introduces “min(everyone’s)-gei(art)” so instead of seeing art as special and intangible thing, everyone would consider art as something familiar and intimate with our lives, just like our every day objects.
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