WHAT WE GIVE IS OURS FOREVER
April 5th - April 26th, 2008
Opening Saturday, April 5th, 7-10PM
PICTURES FROM THE OPENING
1000 triangles for some peace in foreground, 2008.
The thousand folded bags are based upon the creation of Senbazuru (a thousand origami cranes).
Thousand Origami Cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy beasts and is said to live for a thousand years...The Thousand Origami Cranes has become a symbol of world peace through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who contracted leukemia as a result of radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Several temples, including some in Tokyo and Hiroshima, have eternal flames for World Peace...The cranes are left exposed to the elements, slowly dissolving and becoming tattered as the wish is released ---Wikipedia
Haruko Tanaka is interested in cultural heritage and cultural transmission from the ground-up. At Sea and Space in Highland Park this April, come and browse through a continually growing audio library of tongue twisters from around the globe and check out her viewer friendly 'how-to' photographs of everyday actions that have become precious inheritances from people beyond familial lines. Another theme of interest is the language and power of the unspoken, the vast space that exists literally in between our thoughts and our words. Her video of women and men free-associating and her appropriated/found poetry begin to depict the surface of spaces in between memories, sensations, and feelings. We invite you to join in experiencing the show and spirit of What we give is ours forever at Sea and Space.
Tanaka is a student of Tibetan Buddhism at the Maha Vajra Center in Los
Angeles. She received her MFA in Photography and Media Arts from the
California Institute of the Arts in 2003 and her BA in Fine Art from
the University of Southern California in 1997.
Her visual artwork and films have been shown at such places as the CUE Art Foundation, Lombard Freid Gallery, The Asian American International Film Festival at Asia Society, the Musuem of Modern Art, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Luckman Fine Art Gallery, Pacific Film Archive, and International Film Festival Rotterdam. She has also collaborated on many events, workshops and durational performance installations at such places as Six Months Crenshaw, Highways, Crazyspace, Sea and Space, High Energy Constructs and South Central Farms.
For more information on Haruko Tanaka's endeavors please visit www.kissoftheworld.net