Yuya Negishi is a Japanese visual artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was born in Showa Village, Gunma a small farming community in the mountains beyond Tokyo. Yuya draws artistic inspiration from the memories and sensations of growing up in the Japanese countryside, where he would roam “like a hidden Ninja” exploring the woods, temples and mountain tops of the breathtaking Gunma region. Since relocating to Minneapolis in 2010, Yuya has been a prolific member of the city’s artistic community creating a wide range of projects including: public art, gallery shows, commissioned work, illustrations, murals, live paintings and stencils. His work combines his extensive background in the classical Japanese techniques of calligraphy and SUMI with Japanese pop culture images such as koi, dragons and Buddha’s.Yuya approaches his work in the spirit of play often exploring new ideas and mediums. He also teaches handson workshops sharing his approaches to SUMI and Calligraphy.
Aaron Brand is a decorative arts designer working out of his home studio in So. Minneapolis Mn. Creating his work from mostly recycled items, he tend to gravitate towards more of a glamorous/reflective side of industrial design in style, with a efficacy on clever assembly. Lighting is a common theme in his work, but there is nothing “off limits” when it comes to his process, and entertains all genres of design. Currently Aaron’s work has gravitated to the use of recycled and surplus tape creating wall sculpture. These works are layered with multiple rows of color with different process applications including edge/back lit glass/mirror and incasing layers in resin. Kodak Carousel slide projector rings have also been a favorite evolving into shadowed wall sconces and chandeliers.
Aaron has shown his work in a number of traditional and nontraditional venues and also been in numerous publications, television and digitally. Recently his work ( Zester chandelier) has been apart of the Sherwin Williams 2015 Color Trend Campaign.
Aaron Brand Design
Jill Van Sickle
Jennifer Chilstrom and Hannah Albert
52 Inspired People Project
Fourever West Ethan Arnold