PRINTS from JAANY
PRINTS from JAANY
July 7 - August 4, 2016
Reception: Thurs. July 7, 5:30-7:30pm
PRINTS from JAANY is a print exhibition by eight printmakers at the Japanese Artists Association of New York, Inc. (JAANY), featuring stately and vivid expressions in traditional and modern techniques including woodcut, etching, lithograph, silkscreen, linocut, metallic collage, solar intaglio, and polymer photogravure.
Kunio Izuka: It was 2002 when Izuka first went to Europe, traveling around Amsterdam, Firenze, and Paris. While standing for hours on a bridge over the Seine, he was recalling the old days when he and his friends at the art school, Tokyo, had talked about their dream “going to Paris someday in the future.” The 2002 trip to Europe made him much more energetic in creation, and two works in the exhibition were made in the following year.
Reiji Kimura: Born in 1926 in Tokyo, Kimura came to Hawaii in 1956 and to New York in 1957. He studied at The Art Students League of New York, and then developed his own mixed-media printing style in 1962-64 at Platt Graphic Center. His prints are owned in many museums and collections; many works were shown in numerous exhibitions including Museum of Modern Art in 1965. Recently he has been pursuing “Cosmic Blue” paintings.
Tokoha Matsuda: Matsuda is fascinated by techniques and processes of printmaking, especially that of etching. She explores her scientific and aesthetic interests such as biomorphic or biological forms. In recent years, her interests have evolved toward a human body and its interior. From the medical and anatomical point of view, she seeks to narrate one’s mind. Four pieces here are parts of the project what she calls “Under the Surface.“
Ikuko Roth: In the 80s, Roth made more than 100 pieces of 22"x 30" watercolors of New York City scenery. She executed the views from high windows, usually offices of big law firm. She developed the system that whatever she saw she drew, everything at that spot that her naked eye caught, almost 180° to compress onto one sheet of paper. Exhibited here in the exhibition are among the ones of a lithographic version made in the 80s.
Kaori Shimizu: Born in Gunma, Japan, Shimizu studied international science at the collage during which she voluntarily worked in Myanmar (Burma), backpacking around on the side. These experiences have brought a great influence on her. She then learned graphic design and began creating artworks. After having the 2014 solo exhibition, Tokyo, she came to New York in 2015. Motifs of her work are mainly details of the human body.
Toru Tokashiki: Born in 1969 in Okinawa, after earning a bachelor of engineering, Tokashiki did design work at a construction company, and then quit his job to concentrate on painting. Several years later, he came to New York to more seriously learn painting at The Art Students League of New York. In addition to painting, he does printmaking and sculpture as well, exploring Realism in order to express mystery of existence.
Toshiko: For Toshiko, it is very precious to be an artist, a human, and a mother. She says, “I always admire and respect all lives in the universe.” She feels so happy to connect with viewers and hopes that they feel energy of love and peace through her work. “I have been thinking in my studio laboratory for years on what I can do to dedicate my life to other lives.” She believes that her artworks can be finally completed with imagination of the viewers.
Kazuko Hyakuda: Her intaglios originate from photographs captured in the mysterious New York City. Her water series in this exhibition consists of water surfaces of East River. At the mouth of the river, the stream and the ocean current bump against and struggle with each other as if people fight and involve others. For a calm while at dawn, however, waves are sparkling in the sun. That is the peaceful moment people may have dreamt of.
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