Materials and Nature
Although native to Japan, Echiko Ohira and Minoru Ohira have lived in Pasadena for fifteen years. Both artists explore three-dimensional possibilities of simple materials made from trees. Minoru often uses cast-off pieces of wood such as fragments of shingles or small wood blocks that he combines by the hundreds into subtle organic shapes. Echiko uses craft paper, which she often stains in brilliant reds or deep blacks, and assembles them into multi-layered large-scaled forms or wall-mounted geometries. Their resulting works of art become metaphors for natural forms. The artists drawings will also be included in the exhibition.