Japanese Bamboo Art and Small Worlds: July 15- October 1
Opening reception will be held 5:30-8pm Friday, July 15
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art demonstrates that in the hands of master bamboo artists, a simple grass is transformed into a sculptural art. Bamboo is a quintessential part of Japanese culture, shaping the country's social, artistic, and spiritual landscape. Mastering the art form requires decades of meticulous practice while learning how to harvest, split, and plait the bamboo.
Since 1967, six bamboo artists have been named Living National Treasures. The Japanese government created this award after World War II in an effort to celebrate and preserve the nation's traditions and culture. Only two living bamboo artists -Modern Twist's Katsushiro Sōhō (2005) and Fujinuma Noboru (2012)-currently hold this title. There are fewer than 100 professional bamboo artists in Japan today. Modern Twist brings 38 exceptional works by 17 artists to U.S. audiences, displaying many of these technically innovative and imaginatively crafted works for the first time. Modern Twist is on tour by International Arts & Artists.
Small Worlds is a voyage to fictitious worlds and landscapes set in an uncommon, yet vaguely familiar universe. Lacey Stinson, a Louisiana native, reveals his fascination with science and the supernatural along with art. His ideas for his drawings and paintings were influenced by the likes of Carl Sagan as Salvador Dali. www.LaceyStinson.com