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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   GALLERY 30 SOUTH ANNOUNCES TWO VERY SPECIAL SHOWS FROM JAPAN   MOTHER AND DAUGHTER HOST FIRST u.s. EXHIBITIONS AT GALLERY   “FUTURE OF LIFE” WITH rYUHOW AND KOKO SHIMUZU First exhibition opens june 4, 2019 second exhibition opens july 4, 2019 special vip reception is june 9, 2019   Pasadena, california –– Gallery 30 South, the popular gallery for highly sought after art from emerging and internationally renowned artists and celebrities has announced two very special shows celebrating a mother and daughter, Ryuhow and Koko Shimuzu from Japan. The two shows titled  “FUTURE OF LIFE” will open June 6th, 2019 with a VIP reception scheduled for Sunday, June 9th, 2019 where Ryuhow and her daughter Koko will appear  and then Koko’s solo exhibition will open on July 4th, 2019 with a VIP reception scheduled for July 14th, 2019. The artwork is the result of an extraordinary determination of a mother who would do anything to help her daughter survive and a daughter who became the muse for her mother’s artwork and an advocate for other sick children.  A celebrated artist in her native Japan, Ryuhow, has built an entirely new genre of art around her third daughter, Koko, (age 11) who was born with a congenital disease of the spine.  An experimental, micro-sized computer in her daughter’s brain has inspired a series of drawings, sculptures, and holograms that reinterpret the concept of motherhood. Koko has trained as an artist with her mother since the age of 3.   In 2008, her career and practice changed with the birth of her daughter, who struggled to remain alive until an experimental procedure was performed followed by a series of operations. medical treatments and technological advancements. The “FUTURE OF LIFE” show featuring Ryuhow’s work will display 10 installation pieces of original art most which are available for purchase. Gallery 30 South opens Thursday-Sunday from 12:00 Noon – 6:00 p.m. and media is invited to attend the opening reception on June 9th to meet both artists and other members of Koko’s family who are in the U.S. for a limited time from Japan. Ryuhow’s entire work now revolves around her daughter whom she considers part miracle and part muse. As a student and collaborator, Ryuhow’s show is an exhibit not only of artistry but of the profound dedication of a mother who would do anything to help her child.     “I create paintings and objects in the theme of love and truth using my own life as the motif that I call a woman’s life process. From a woman’s perspective, I offer genuine representations of emotions that arise as one encounters different events in her life. I portray the joys, sorrows and pains in my own life circumstances and events where I am caught between good and evil. I have turned difficult and trying circumstances into strengths. My art is my expression of those feelings.” – Ryuhow Shimuzu   “Future of Life” is the first exhibition by the Japanese mother and daughter in the U.S. Koko’s own exhibition will open on July 4th, 2019 with an opening reception scheduled for July 14th, 2019 – also at Gallery 30 South. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibitions will help buy art supplies for other sick children, something Koko is very passionate about.   The solo show featuring Koko’s work will be her first exhibition in the United States also titled “FUTURE OF LIFE.” Both shows feature unique holograms that are purchasable as part of a limited edition combination of sculpture and technology. The hologram is powered by a proprietary iPhone & Android app that comes with a download code that will habitually update to include new content.   Koko, at the tender age of 11, is already a gifted abstract expressionist painter. She implements crooked, vertical lines into her work in reference to her spinal/renal condition.   “The theme of my creative work is the preciousness of life and nature on Earth. I am a young woman fighting an intractable disease. There is a machine buried in my head and I am alive in this moment thanks to the love and goodwill of medical doctors and cutting-edge technology. My works are born from the daily struggle with my disease. My paintings express the circumstances where life and death exist side by side.  I have learned so much from my disease and that the ordinary things are what matter the most.  That I must appreciate and live each day well, that we are animals and need nature and its bounty – Koko Shimuzu   Collectible posters which can be signed by the artists will be available at the gallery and during the ticketed VIP reception.   GALLERY 30 SOUTH – FUTURE OF LIFE  - Ryuhow Shimuzu Ryuhow & Koko Shimizu – Future of Life – Two Exhibitions A Cybernetic Japanese Girl as Envisioned by Her Mother Thursday, June 6, 2019 – Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 12 Noon – 6:00 p.m. PT 30 South Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA  91106 (323) 547-3227 GALLERY 30 SOUTH – FUTURE OF LIFE – Koko Shimuzu Is there a specific sub-title for Koko’s solo show? If so please insert Opens Thursday, July 4th, 2019 – Special Opening Reception is July 14th, 2019 12 Noon – 6:00 p.m. PT or by appointment 30 S. Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106 (323) 547-3227   ABOUT GALLERY 30 SOUTH Gallery 30 South was launched in February 2017 by La Luz de Jesus Gallery director Matat Kennedy and his wife Ai Honda Kennedy in Pasadena’s Green Street Village Landmark District. Since then, they have been joined by a group of international artists and prominent guest curators from the Norton Simon, LACMA and Bergamont Station.  Gallery 30 South represents a broad selection of contemporary artists from emerging to established international figures and showcasing metallurgy, painting, performance sculpture, installation and new media. The gallery’s exhibition program has featured solo presentations by young Los Angeles-based performer and painter Lindsey Way, Jose Rodolfo, Loaiza Ontiveros’ controversial remixed Disney paintings, political protest art by Indecline and Panik Collective, the first Los Angeles gallery showing of Japanese neo-modernist Shigeru Idea, and Danish motion philosopher Torben Ulrich. The gallery also showcased groundbreaking installations by Dosshaus and Ken Salter, experimental workshops by Kembra Pfahler, and made international headlines when it presented Frances Bean Cobain’s first adult art exhibition which sold out in a single day, and earlier this year the gallery hosted the first exhibition of paintings by Hip-Hop legend Chuck D. of Public Enemy and Prophets of Rage. For more information on Gallery 30 South go to www.gallery30south.com or Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest @gallery30south.   PRESS CONTACT Caroline Galloway (440) 591-3807 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.