Contemporary Japanese Printmaking, Part II
Celebrates the work of three Japanese artists, each of whom has work in the permanent collection of the Morikami Museum. New works by these artists will be on display.
Featuring Etchings, Mezzotints, Woodblocks and
Lithographs by: Susumu Endo, Katsunori Hamanishi and Yoshikatsu Tamekane.
© 2003 Katsunori Haminishi
Where: Art & Frame and The Williams Gallery
Dates: Sunday October 19 through Wednesday December 31, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday October 25, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (free to the public)Location:
6099 Stirling Rd Suite 107
Davie, FL 33314
(Triangle Professional Building)
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© 1995 Susumu Endo
SUSUMU ENDO blends photographic and non-photographic processes via computer, mixing the reality of the natural landscape with abstraction to create a singular surrealistic image – a mingling of nature and a space continuum. Born in 1933, Endo came to printmaking by way of graphic design. He uses the computer as a tool to enhance and manipulate his already exquisite photographs and drawings, which are then produced as lithographs.
Endo explains, "The source of my creative thoughts is to form structural expressions in my mind space. There I layer several different timelines into one, or construct a world where the real and unreal coexist and interact. Though I work more on the computers these days, my fundamental attitude toward my creations has remained mostly unchanged since the non-digital age. The reason why I stick with a non-digital way of thinking is because it can interact with my body and soul much more smoothly and naturally. At the same time, I'm eager to take advantage of the latest technology and media for creation. What I'm always trying to do is to explore a new relationship with emerging media. This exploration continues to confirm the origin of my artistic expressions."
Endo graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School in 1962 and then spent 5 years in a small design studio. His art soon became recognized and after producing a calendar for Audio-Technica, his images have appeared commercially and in the collections of museums throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. His images display a skill and beauty that challenge our sense of reality.
KATSUNORI HAMANISHI: Like the surrealistic paintings of Dali and Magritte, Hamanishi's mezzotints combine nature and abstraction. Born in Hokkaido, Hamanishi studied painting and graduated from Tokai University with a degree in Art in 1973 and next studied at the University of Pennsylvania on a grant from the Cultural Affairs Agency, 1987-88. He has won numerous prizes for his work, including the Ibiza International Print Biennial, the Grenchen International Triennial in Switzerland and the Valparaiso International Exhibition in Chile.
Hamanishi’s subjects embody traditional Japanese symbols and images combined with a contemporary interpretation. Few contemporary artist have the time and patience to rock a plate with a mezzotint rocker long enough to produce the velvety black impression so characteristic of the best work.
Hamanishi explains: "It is patience that is necessary to produce the jet-black texture peculiar to mezzotint; the foundation of infinite tones from black to white. This is similar to the grounding of an oil painting before the image is applied. To prepare the copper plates may take 10 – 13 hours using a process called ‘burring". A comb-like tool is rocked methodically, vertically, horizontally and diagonally over the plate until it is completely covered with impressions made by its teeth. It is after the plate is burred that the drawing of the image into the prepared surface begins."
Now living in the Tokyo area, Hamanishi’s primary focus is printmaking. His works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the MOMA in New York; the Art Institute, Chicago; the Library of Congress, DC; Taipei Fine Arts National Museum; Krakow National Museum; Osaka National Museum of Art; and others. In September 2004 he was honored in a two-man show along with venerated mezzotint artist Yozo Hamani at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, where he presented a demonstration of his own techniques.
YOSHIKATSU TAMEKANE says; "I savor the past and also look forward to the future as a time of hope and advancement for the human spirit."
Tamekane is known for his technical prowess combined with a unique mystical aesthetic and vision. Essentially a woodblock printer, he adds texture to his woodblock images using calligraphic techniques. Materials such as string, resin, and paper are applied to the block in order to add relief to the surface of the print. He also incorporates gold and silver leaf in many of his works.
He uses handmade papers and water-based ink that allow him to manipulate light as deftly as any impressionist. His prints are bold, iconic expressions of the concepts the artist seeks to visualize. The passage of time, travel, special relationships, and the miracle of life are all subjects of his works. His images combine landscape, geometry, evocative organic forms, and a controlled use of color and texture into eye-catching images that capture the imagination.
Born in 1959, Yoshikatsu Tamekane studied at Sokei Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo. From 1991 to 1994 he lived in Paris while studying art at the Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou. He is a member of the Japan Print Association and has shown seven consecutive years in the prestigious CWAJ Print Show. He is known for his combination of technical prowess with a mystical aesthetic and vision.
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