Upcoming Exhibitions

Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

September 29, 2018 – March 31, 2019

Supporting Level Member Evening Preview September 27 | Exclusive Member Preview Day September 28

Since the Neolithic era, artisans in East Asia have coated bowls, cups, boxes, baskets, and other utilitarian objects with a natural polymer distilled from the sap of the rhus verniciflua, known as the lacquer tree. Lacquerware was – and still is – prized for its sheen, a lustrous beauty that artists learned to accentuate over the centuries with inlaid gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, and other precious materials.

Since the late 1980s, this tradition has been challenged. A small but enterprising circle of lacquer artists have pushed the medium in entirely new and dynamic directions by creating large-scale sculptures, works that are both conceptually innovative and superbly exploitive of lacquer’s natural virtues. To create these forms and shapes, contemporary lacquer artists bend tradition to their needs. Kofushiwaki Tsukasa’s Fallen Moon I is four meters (13 feet) long, a scale enabled by the kanshitsu technique, developed in China during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 AD), in which a base of lacquer-saturated hemp fiber is created with a mold. Many artists have gravitated to polystyrene, a lightweight, flexible, yet immutable material, such as Aoki Chie’s Body 09-1. For The Dual Sun, Kurimoto Natsuki used an even more modern base: an automobile hood.

Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the thirty works by sixteen artists comprise the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture. They have all been drawn from the Clark Collections at Mia, the only collection in the world to feature this extraordinary new form.

Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations

February 16, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Supporting Level Member Evening Preview February 14 

The amazing sculptures of Sayaka Ganz will be shown in the Kohnken Gallery at the Morikami Museum from February 16 through March 31, 2019.  Sayaka Ganz utilizes reclaimed plastic objects such as discarded utensils, like brush strokes which appear visibly unified at a distance though separated at close proximity. She describes her style as “3D impressionism.”  Sculptures in the exhibition include recent installations of animals in motion which are rich in color and energy and create an illusion of form.

Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. Ganz has lectured widely and taught design and drawing courses at Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne; she was the subject of a video entitled SAYAKA GANZ: Danz Della Natura produced by the Hermann Geiger Foundation. Her work has been been displayed at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, and the Isle Gallery, Isle of Man.  Commissions of work by Sayaka Ganz include a series of four marine life sculptures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and an underwater scene with right whale and various schools of fish in the atrium of the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, Florida.

About her work, the artist says, “My work is about perceiving harmony, even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside. When observing my sculptures up close, one might see gaps, holes and items being held on only by small points; step away, however, and the sculptures reveal the harmony created when the objects are aligned to the same general (but not identical) direction. Similarly, it is important to gain perspective by stepping back from current problems and look at the larger picture. Then one can perceive the beauty and patterns that exist.”

 

Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations is organized by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.,

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