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.
Sofa Chicago 2016 Fiber Optic Weavings by Wlodzimierz Cygan