When presented with the image of “Curved Horizon Hogosho with blue and gold” by Japanese artist Kyoko Ibe, I melted like snow in 50 degree weather. And imagined the sun.
Heather James Fine Art currently has Ibe’s artwork, constructed with washi—traditional Japanese paper—on display. A recent show of her works at the gallery’s Palm Desert location was reportedly a great success.
“The ancient Japanese believed divine spirits resided in the paper and Ibe maintains such veneration,” the gallery writes. “The functional role of paper has diminished, the aesthetic role of paper as a spiritual medium is more apparent and has succeeded today in reemerging as an art media. Appropriating old handmade paper and handwritten documents, Ibe recycles them into new forms of washi. The ink of the original sources remains embedded in the fibers of the paper, such that the new paper is uniquely variegated with shades of gray and intrinsically connected to the past.”
“I attempt to evoke the feeling of [washi] through my own techniques, while at the same time visualizing the rebirth of a past era,” Ibe says. “In this way, old paper and documents, asleep for years, secure a place along the axis of time for perpetual life of art.” In her artists’ statement, Ibe describes a sheet of white paper as “a quiet, solitary object,” providing warmth and peace.
“One of the principal developers of the tea ceremony, SEN RIKYU, in the 16th century declared four words to elucidate Japanese aesthetics: Harmony, Respect, Purity and Tranquility,” the artist writes.”The Japanese paper is the most eloquent expression of SEN RIKYU’s idea. It is perfectly adapted to express an eco-aesthetic sensibility which can carry us into the future with beauty and mindfulness of our fragile, precious natural world.”
“CLICK! A Weekend for Artists” approacheth! The weekend’s organizer, Wyoming artist Sue Sommers (Pipeline Art Project), says that “the list of confirmed speakers and 20:20 presenters is growing, and we are looking forward to the rare opportunity to meet and mingle with artist peers from all over the state. We hope you will tell the other visual artists in your life about this event and encourage them to attend.”
The weekend of arts interaction takes place March 30 – April 1, 2012, at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, Wyoming. The Wyoming Arts Website Blog describes the event as “designed to engage Wyoming artists in strengthening and building their careers. Held in conjunction with the Wyoming Arts Council’s Visual Arts Fellowship awards ceremony, CLICK! will challenge seasoned and emerging artists alike to consider how they might take control of their professional careers through strategic planning, community building and networking. Peers and invited experts will present ideas and opportunities both within and outside the state for professional artists dedicated to living and working in Wyoming.” For a full schedule, CLICK here. www.pipelineartproject.com