Since its launch in 2008, social network J-COLLABO has been working with numerous artists to make innovative Japanese-themed collaborations accessible to the public. Now it has taken the next step in its evolution with J-LABO Brooklyn, which had its pre-opening party in Park Slope last month.
â€œJ-LABO is a place where the conventions of intercultural chemistry are challenged and the possibilities of creative collaboration and experimentation are deeply explored as a unifying effort between Japanese culture and the cultures of the world,â€ explained John Figueredo, marketing and PR supervisor for J-COLLABO. â€œArtists who gather under J-LABO can collaborate, create and implement Japanese-themed works.â€
The organization now seeks to raise $40,000 to renovate J-LABO Brooklyn through crowdsourcing funds and events.
â€œWhen it is complete, J-LABO will provide a dedicated exhibition/performance space, an artist residency program, classes, and a design lab,â€ Figueredo said. â€œWith these facilities as a base, J-COLLABO will provide a venue for learning and cultural exchange as well as a generator of new art and design.â€
The names of all donors will be carved on a plate for display inside the venue. J-LABOâ€™s next event is an opening reception on Dec. 7 featuring live painting by Fukuoka-based calligrapher and artist Sugita Koki preceding his newest exhibition entitled Kotokama, which will be on display through Dec. 20.
For more information, please visit www.j-collabo.org.