Art Exhibitions, Press, Digital Art

Seattle Drawn Featured in Real Change News

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This week's issue of Real Change features my latest work, which is now on view at Populuxe Brewing through Jan. 31st.  Thank you to Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project and staff writer Lisa Edge for the feature.

To read the full article, you can pick up a copy at local vendor locations throughout the city.

"Real Change is a reader-supported low-barrier work opportunity that rewards effort from the first day forward. More than 300 active vendors sell our award-winning weekly newspaper each month, with about 800 vendors served annually."

More than a million dollars is earned annually for vendors by purchasing the paper on the street.

Learn more about this empowering program here.

 Update: Read Full Article

Writing, Photography, Press

Photography Fot Girls Featured in FACE Stockholm's 2016 Fall Campaign

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We're thrilled to have our project Photography For Girls, in collaboration with Kelly Merchant Photography featured in the Fall 2016 campaign for FACE Stockholm.

"This Fall, we had the opportunity to work with a really special photographer, working on a really special project. Kelly Merchant, (along with Akira Ohiso and Ellie Ohiso) is the driving force behind Photography For Girls. A movement that consists of photographing women on their terms with realistic representation, portraying them in a light where they are comfortable in their own skin. Ruby, this Fall’s model, is a part of this campaign. The 16-year old artist believes and supports the message Photography for Girls is trying to get across. Photography for Girls confronts feminine stereotypes, something we at FACE Stockholm can fully get behind!"

Read behind the campaign.

Process, Digital Art

Friends' Childhood Homes

Rich's House

Rich's House

Todd's House

Todd's House

David's House

David's House

Terence's House

Terence's House

Mike's House

Mike's House

Craig's House

Craig's House

I find photos via real estate sites, Google Earth and general searches to match my childhood memories in Port Washington, NY.  Buildings, homes and businesses show hints of the past I remember, but also fill in the blanks I have forgotten.  I am working in black and white because it reminds me of film negatives.  My father saved thousands of negatives in Kodak photo envelopes, which he never reproduced again.   I used to think of my parents' childhoods in black and white.  My kids have asked me from time to time if my childhood was in black and white. 

Digital Art, Digital Diary, Journal

Forgotten Port Washington in Drawings 2

Freddie Lives Here | Port Washinton Boulevard & Delaware Avenue

Freddie Lives Here | Port Washinton Boulevard & Delaware Avenue

Rental | Main St. & Central Drive

Rental | Main St. & Central Drive

Olympic Village | Port Washington Boulevard & Bernard St.

Olympic Village | Port Washington Boulevard & Bernard St.

Carnel's Stationary | Port Washington Boulevard & Campus Drive

Carnel's Stationary | Port Washington Boulevard & Campus Drive

Here are more drawings from my Port Washington series.  I spent a lot of time with friends exploring the neighborhoods and town of Port Washington.  On most weekends and summer vacations, we were left to our own devices without parental supervision.  On motocross bikes, we spent countless hours wandering and roaming to places where kids are shunned today by rules and regulations.  Disclaimers, closed-circuit cameras, and security fences abound.  

The drawings I feature are not necessarily historic or of cultural importance to Port Washington, but they hold my memories of a seventies childhood.

Forgotten Port Washington Drawings 1. 

Journal, Digital Art

Forgotten Port Washington in Drawings

Bay Bowl | Soundview Shopping Center | Digital Drawing  

Bay Bowl | Soundview Shopping Center | Digital Drawing  

Carvel | Port Washington Boulevard | Digital Drawing

Carvel | Port Washington Boulevard | Digital Drawing

Dairy Barn | Port Washington Boulevard | Digital Drawing  

Dairy Barn | Port Washington Boulevard | Digital Drawing  

Beacon Theater | Main Street | Digital Drawing  

Beacon Theater | Main Street | Digital Drawing  

Bohack's | Port Washington Boulevard | Digital Drawing  

Bohack's | Port Washington Boulevard | Digital Drawing  

All digital drawings are by Akira Ohiso. He does most of his drawings on an iPad using photos and a drawing app.  You can see more of his digital work here.   

Art Exhibitions, Photography, Press

Photography For Girls At Wired Gallery

Photos: Kelly Merchant  

Photos: Kelly Merchant  

In 2015, Ohiso collaborated with photographer Kelly Merchant on the Photography For Girls project.  The project features photos and interviews with women of all ages.  The uniqueness of this project is that the women featured had a say in how they were represented in the photos.  This weekend, four of Kelly Merchant's photos along with accompanying interviews by Akira Ohiso will be on exhibition at the Wired Gallery as part of a group show.  The exhibition runs May 21 thru July 3.  Opening reception is May 21 from 5-7pm.

Design, Press

Ohiso Rebrands Callicoon Farmers' Market

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New look, new outlook. The Sullivan County Area Farmers' Market wanted to be rebranded as the Callicoon Farmers' Market without losing their customers' positive association with the market.

The look was to be close to the previous branding while giving it a fresh perspective.

Our rebranding consisted of an updated logo, new website, new email marketing, updated print materials and social media management.