an easy give and take

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an easy give and take

3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
March 26th, 2011 - April 30th, 2011
Opening: March 26th, 2011 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

beach cities/south bay
(310) 618-6340
Tues-Sat 11-5


“an easy give and take” (quoted from Jackson Pollock)

A fundraiser event for the Japanese Red Cross

Saturday 26th March, 12 noon – 9pm at the Torrance Art Museum

Calling ALL artists

On Saturday 26th March the Torrance Art Museum invites you to participate in a fundraiser for Japan. We will place tables in the patio area and ask that artists who wish to support the relief efforts for Japan bring a small artwork to donate. All artworks will be priced at $50, cash only- all of the funds raised will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.

Works can be delivered to the museum from 12 noon onwards and will be available to buy immediately, with anything sold removed there and then by the buyer. The fundraiser will continue throughout the Opening Reception, from 6-9pm, of the exhibition Gateway Japan – an exhibition of Japanese and Japanese American artists (see below). Please come and show your support, meet the artists who have flown in from Tokyo for this event as well as ourlocal artists and the artists who are donating to this event - and for the small amount of $50 walk away with an original work of art, knowing that a great cause was served too.

Any unsold works will be placed online for sale after the opening reception on a dedicated website.

The Torrance Art Museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

TAM is a program of the Cultural Services Division of the City of Torrance Community Services Department.

More information is available at


Gateway Japan curated by Yuko Wakaume. Ei Kibukawa and Max Presneill

March 26 - April 30

The Torrance Art Museum presents Gateway Japan, curated by Yuko Wakaume and Max Presneill – the first in a series of international exhibitions, focusing on the link between artists from other countries and those here in Los Angeles with a similar cultural background.

Reception: Saturday 26th March, 6-9pm

PLUS - Sumo Wrestling live at 8pm
At 8pm on Saturday 26th March, for the opening reception of Gateway Japan (6-9pm) two World Champion Heavyweight Sumo Wrestlers - Daishochi (Mongolian, aged 26) and Wakanoho (Russian, age 22) as part of the ongoing sporting action series of sculptures by Jocelyn Foye, will be competing on a Sumo Wrestling ring-sized mat of clay.
Visit and for more information about Daishochi and Wakanoho.

Introduction by Max Presneill, 2011

Part of the duties an art museum is tasked with are educational. Infact that is the primary task. With any small regional art museum it can be difficult to try to build a program that allows the museum to stretch beyond easy parameters of regionalism to provide an exceptionally rich program of exhibitions that draw attention to world class renowned artists of our day and exhibitions of emerging talents who will, one day, be that too.

It should also be the curators hope that the programming will reflect upon culture at large and beyond city, state and even country to explore other versions of visual culture, other ideas and methodologies. Maybe more so in America than other countries as most of our families originated elsewhere.

Gateway Japan offers our visitors a chance to take a look at some Japanese artists in a contextual setting alongside some Japanese-American artists to investigate the similarities and differences that distance and immersion in a different culture may bring to each. This is perhaps akin to tracking twins separated by birth to see what lies in the debate of nuture vs nature for them as artists - a particularly difficult task when the art world is so cosmopolitar and entwined. Global art fairs, the Internet and other aspects of
art in the 21st Century have helped create a swirling cauldron of ideas and images available to all and influencing artists across the world.

Lost in translation?
What can we surmise from this show and what themes emerge? Are there clear diverging approaches or content nuances that cleave them apart by nation? Or do we see the overcoming of difference in aid of the same human needs to explain the world via art? Are there in fact any real and deep divisions at all and is that true for all artists involved in contemporary art the world over, making nonsense of limiting a show to a racial identity, as we suspect.....? So am I claiming this show as nonsense then? No, of course not. But one must be aware of the potential for failure while still attempting to explore an issue. It is as much the asking of the question as the answer received, is it not? But like many things one must test by experiment.


I am hoping that many artists contribute to this fund-raising event.  The proceeds will go to the Japan Red Cross to help the survivors of the March 11 tsunami.   I will have a mixed media work available for purchase; work is entitled "Three-eleven."  Materials are plywood, cast epoxy, stone, glitter.

My apologies to T.A.M for including my name in the list of artists.  I am neither a participant in the featured show "Gateway Japan" -- nor is my art worthy of inclusion.  Due to a quirk in the ARTslant protocol, I found a need to include my name in order to manage the posting for editing/corrections/removals.  If T.A.M. desires to get the word out via their own ARTslant posting, I will gladly rescind my Artslant entry.  It is all about the 21 artists and the victims of the tsunami.

Featured artists in the show "Gateway Japan" are

Masaru Aikawa

Taku Anekawa

Shusuke Ao

Joselyn Foye

Shingo Francis

Gajin Fujita

Tomoo Gokita

Yuki Hashimoto

Mitsuko Ikeno

Ichiro Irie

Minako Kumagai

Gil Kuno

Nobuhito Nishigawara

Stoshi Saegusa

Keiko Sakamoto

Akira Shikiya

Macha Suzuki

Devon Tsuno

Akihiro Yasugi

Kenichi Yokono

Yuki Yoshida