Shintaro Ohata’s Stunning 2-D and 3-D World

Shintaro Ohata was born in 1975 in 1975 in Hiroshima, Japan and is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy days and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of a 2-D and 3-D world. He says that it all started from when he wondered “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”. Many viewers tend to assume that there is a light source set into his work itself because of the strong expression of lights in his sculpture.



Send Us Your Awesome Ideas

To all great human beings out there, if you have an awesome idea or you have seen something “like really wow” on the web, or where you live, we would totally love to hear from you so that we can share and spread the awesomeness around.  We are inspired by great design, food, architecture, gardening, art, books, furniture, animation, technology, culture, and fashion to name but a few.  Quirky stuff is also good too!  And if that is not enough, if you live on the east coast of Africa, in Durban that is, we would love to discuss exhibiting your awesome ideas at Mooki. Leave a comment on the site and we will get back to you asap.


Minä Perhonen

Minä Perhonen is a Japanese fashion brand. The name of the brand originates in Finland as the designer, Akira Minagawa is influenced by the lifestyle and culture of the Scandinavian country. “Minä” means “I” and “Perhonen” is “butterfly.” The brand logo signifies “various characters (dots) within oneself (rectangle shape).”

What he’s created is a Scandinavia seen through a Japanese lense, a place of cutely puritan peasant costumes, rough hand-beaded fabrics and bags made from the recycled offcuts.  We think these pieces are stunning!

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The design of the shops in Japan also reflect the brand as well with clean and modern lines.

You have to watch the amazing video for the 2011 Autumn/Winter Collection. This is a very unique way of showing clothes! Genius is all we can say.

Super Awesome!

If you weren’t at Mooki last night, then shame on you! We don’t like you any more and we want all our toys back. We phoned your mom and she told us that you weren’t grounded and that you weren’t in bed with a sore tummy, so don’t even try that line with us. We know you could’ve been here, and we feel hurt (and a little betrayed) that you didn’t show up. Don’t expect a big present this Christmas. The jokes on you anyway; we had a great time and Greg sold a heap of his prints, so you lost out!

The Tokyo Go Go launch was super awesome! It was our first exhibition launch and we’re totally stoked at the response and turnout. Loads of Nom Noms were laid out by us and the Chocolate Chilli Sake was flowing all night. It was really cool to see so many people come out in support of local art;  it made us  proud to be doing our little bit to bring the Glenwood and greater Durban community together to celebrate such a talented designer.

This is the first of what we hope will be many more exhibitions, so, in the words of Police file circa 1989 “Keep ‘em Peeled” (your eyes, that is)…….obviously we don’t mean this literally coz that would just be a bit gross. If you don’t think so, then you are excused from attending. We won’t be upset at all. Feel free to stay the hell away. We know all about people like you.

The exhibition is on for about two weeks, so there’s plenty of time to pop in and have a gander. We are already planning our next exhibition which will be in early November, and once we have all the details you will be the first to know about it. After us, that is.

If you are a designer/artist/photographer/creator (No mimes please) then please feel free to contact us if you would like to exhibit. There is no monetary cost involved; we prefer to work on a barter system in the spirit of collaboration. Just contact us and tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.

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