Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan:
An Unexpected Approach
September 16 – November 4, 2016
pictured, works by Chiyoko Tanaka and Yasuhisa Kohyama
This September the Greenwich Arts Council will present 60+ works by 23 artists from Japan, Korea and the United States in Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan: An Unexpected Approach. Included are artists who have built on centuries of inherited national aesthetic and technical traditions, as well as artists who have adopted some of the expansive vocabulary of contemporary Asian artistry.
Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan: An Unexpected Approach
From September 16th to November 4, 2016, the Greenwich Arts Council will present Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan: An Unexpected Approach, curated by browngrotta arts. The exhibition includes select works of ceramics, textiles, baskets and sculptures by artists from Japan, Korea and the United States that each reflect an Asian sensibility. The 23 artists in this exhibit have a close relationship to a traditional, culturally associated craft aesthetic, manifested in a contemporary manner. They have chosen conventionally Asian materials and/or techniques (dyes, papers, gold leaf, persimmon tannin, kategami) used in both time-honored and unconventional ways. For example, the ritualistic studies by Hiroyuki Shindo on the vanishing art of natural indigo dyeing and by Jun Tomita on the subtlety of kasuri, or ikat, dyeing; Jennifer Linssen’s innovative sculptures of katagami and Keiji Nio’s Interlacing-R, which references complex Japanese sumihimo braiding but uses nylon tapes instead of threads, thus expanding the scale. Also strikingly contemporary are works by Masakazu Kobayashi, Naomi Kobayashi, Naoko Serino and Toshio Sekiji, who create new relationships among disparate material and techniques. In other works, like Kiyomi Iwata’s Auric Gold Fold, Glen Kaufman’s Shimogamo Scrolls: Studio View II and Jin-Sook So, Pojagi Constructions I and II, gold and silver leaf play a role, their luster and longevity suggesting immortality, power, divinity. All these artists share a concern for surface and for the interactions of materials, evident in Chiyoko Tanaka’s Grinded Fabric-Three Squares Blue Threads and Blue #689, of linen distressed with earth and stones and Hideho Tanaka’s Vanishing and Emerging series of stainless steel and singed paper. The artists in Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan: An Unexpected Approach create work that is formal and contained while visibly involving the hand of the artist.
clockwise from left to right: Grethe Grethe Sørensen, Mary Merkel-Hess, Grethe Wittrock, Gudrun Pagter, Birgit Birkkjaer
Art in the Barn Exhibition 2016
Artboom: Celebrating Artists Mid-Century, Mid-Career
April 30th - May 8, 2016, bga, Wilton, Connecticut
Artists Reception and Opening: Saturday April 30th
276 Ridgefield Rd Wilton, CT 12 - 6 p.m.
May 1st - May 8th
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment
The Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, have made an indelible mark. The oldest will be 70 next year; the youngest 52. There is some debate over what constitutes a "Baby Boomer” culturally, but as a group, says Wikipedia, they were the wealthiest, most active and most physically fit generation up to that time and among the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve. They have tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that came before. In the 1960s, they created music, literature and art to describe that specialness and the change they were intent on bringing about. For our 2016 spring exhibition, bga will ask a large group of artists born in the Boomer years to reflect on that legacy, to provide us work that tells us where they’ve come from, where they are going, that illustrates influences, roads not taken and the like.
works above: Tim Johnson, Ceca Georgieva and Marion Hildebrandt
Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers
Morris Museum, March 19 - June 26, 2016 Morristown, NJ
Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers, is curated by Jane Milosch of the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, former curator of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta of browngrotta arts and has traveled to venues in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Next Spring it will debut at the Morris Museum in New Jersey. Throughout history, artists and craftspeople have been highly attuned to the beauty and resources of the natural world, whether depicting a pristine landscape, untouched by man, or harvesting plants and minerals for pigments and brushes. Sustainability is a natural part of their design and craft process. Green from the Get Go will include more than 70 works by artists from Canada, Europe, Japan, Scandinavia and the US, featuring innovators in the genre of 20th-century art basketry as well as emerging talents. These artists take their inspiration from nature and the history of basketry. Their work reveals a heightened sensitivity to the physicality of materials, one that honors the stewardship of nature by their choice and use of materials.