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Ding Dang Dong @ Grass Hut Opens: Aug. 1st 2008

July 29th, 2008

Ding Dang Dong is about three friends ( Aaron, Luke, Nao ) who met back in 2004 while they were living in Japan. Their friendship grew through a love of art and exploring the streets of Tokyo together. Now four years later and continents apart they are reunited again through art . The show features individual works by each of the artists as well as collaborations by all three at Grass Hut in Portland. Pics from the show if you missed it >>

Swim Meet @ Together Gallery Opens: June 26th 2008

June 26th, 2008

Ayumi’s in a group show, Swim Meet, at Together Gallery in Potland, Oregon from June 26th-July 27. It is an all female exhibition with new works by: Betsy Walton, Jen Corace, Hannah Stouffer, Rebecca Artemisa Urias, Aidan Koch, Angy Wills, Sohaila Adel and me, Ayumi Piland. I made 8 new gouache paintings(4″x4″ and 6″x6″) on paper mounted on panels. I had so much fun making these. Hope you check it out!

Plushform @ Rotofugi Opens: June 27th 2008

June 25th, 2008

We’re joining many artists customizing ShawnimalsPLUSHFORM. The show opens on June 27th, 2008 at ROTOFUGI in Chicago. Here is what we did for the show…


Worlds of Wonder @ GRNY /// Opens: May 17th 2008

May 2nd, 2008

View it Here>>

May 17 – June 18, 2008
Reception: Saturday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Giant Robot NY is proud to present new works by the husband-and-wife team, APAK! Living among the furry conifer giants in a little cabin on the outskirts of Portland, Ayumi and Aaron Piland unite to bring you into their fantasies, as if going on magical journeys and returning with pictures of what transpires in their collective imagination. Their works transplant the bold colors and simplicity of Japanese pop into an expansive mini universe reminiscent of “Gnomes” books from the ’80s.

For APAK!’s Worlds of Wonder, the collaborative art duo is preparing 35 medium and small gouache paintings on wood and 6 mixed-media sculptures, as well as a special window installation. The show will depict tiny races of creatures living harmoniously with magical plants and friendly animals in rich, colorful lands.

APAK interview with Grasshut

April 10th, 2008


Our interview with GrassHut is up now!

Magic Show

April 3rd, 2008

A group show “Magic Show” at Pony Club in Portland, Oregon opens on April 3rd and lasts until April 27th. This piece is our contribution. Very magic in apak way~

Five Whats!

March 26th, 2008

A nice lady, Christine invited us to be in Five Whats in her blog! She asked us five questions and we answered them with some images. Thanks, Christine. It was fun!

We Love Islands Fold!

March 16th, 2008

Check out the interview with Luke & Ange from Islands Fold. We’ve spent a week with them in 2006 for art residency on Pender Island and did some collaborative murals in their studio. We had such a wonderful experience! We heart Luke & Ange! Please support their good cause.

Sweet Treats by Ayumi Piland!

March 1st, 2008

This Spring, Ayumi’s “Sweet Treats” note card set published by Chronicle Books is coming out! They are her favoite designs from her hand made Gocco Card Collection. Squirrel, Bunny, and Hedgehog are nicely presented in a cute tree box! They are not handmade but you can get 18 cards (6 cards of each design) for only $14.95. Worth keeping them in your drawers for little notes to someone special for everyday occasions.

Happy Hermits Stationery Set & Journal by Apak!

March 1st, 2008

Dark Horse Comics just released our Happy Hermits stationery set and Journal. They will be available in retails stores world wide this spring!

Let’s write to our friends and family!

"Balls Out!" Group show @ GrassHut March 7th

February 29th, 2008

We are participating in “Balls Out!” a super group show at Grass Hut in Portland, Oregon! We did an Acrylic and gouache painting on 18″x18″ wood panel. Here is the sneak preview of the partial painting… 60+ amazing artists are participating this show. It opens on March 7th and will be up for the whole month. The work is available for online purchase after the opening reception. If you’re planning to be in Portland, be sure to stop by Grass Hut’s new spacious store (same building just the next door)! Their new site, which Aaron helped design is up and running now!

"Lost in Dream" showcase in Melbourne – March 1st

February 29th, 2008


“Lost in Dreams” APAk showcase at Outre Gallery in Melbourne, Australia is up from March 1 – 21, 2008. We did 10 small gouache paintings on paper, which are online at the Outre Gallery site! And on flickr! Thanks for looking.