Akira is one of seven artists selected to create public art along the Delridge Neighborhood Greenway in West Seattle. The public art project is called Art Interruptions 2017 and is sponsored by the Office of Arts & Culture, the Seattle Department of Transportation, The Greenway Initiative and Feet First. Akira's installation is in three locations.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has created an interactive map so you can visit the installations along the Delridge Neighborhood Greenway & Connector Trail. Feet First will host a walking tour on Saturday, October 7th from 10am-noon. Artists will be available to discuss their work.
Here is a fun digital project we facilitated with 2nd and 3rd graders. Students used iPads and a drawing app to create artworks about "home." The students were so creative and intuitive working with the digital medium. The work will be auctioned at the school gala to raise money for education.
I recently completed a digital-drawing commission for a real estate client in New York City. The drawing was printed on canvas and framed. The piece is displayed behind the concierge desk in the lobby of a residential building.
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.
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I am printing a selection of my digital drawings that, until now, have lived online. I will be showing my work at a local space in early January, so I have begun the process of selecting drawings to print. More details coming soon.
This is a drawing of Mean Sandwich, a new eatery on Leary near the 15th Ave overpass.
"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.
Drawn by Akira Ohiso on the Sketches II iPad app using an index finger.
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.
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.
Akira was hired to illustrate "neighborhood" scenes for a client's weekly newsletter. Four different illustrations were created for email marketing and banner campaigns on Google Ads and The New York Times homepage.
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.
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.