MITCHELL MUSEUM MAIN GALLERY

sense of spirit: mark-making & space in the art of kaneko

October 23, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Sponsor: Hunt and Donna Bonan | Cosponsor: WSIU Public Radio & WSIU Public Television

Members' Preview | Saturday, October 22 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Preview Admission for Members is Free | Guests - $5 Admission


Gallery Admission: $5 per person | Cedarhurst Members Free (children 10 and under free) | All admission is Free each Thursday

[Exhibition co-organized with Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis] 

Kaneko is at play with two fundamentals of art-making: scale and mark-making. Scale plays an important role in Kaneko’s thinking as he imagines how his large-scale (and small-scale) artworks will appear in different spatial settings. Mark-making critically relates to space and the intervals of space between objects.

Throughout his years of practice, Kaneko always took into account the Japanese principle of Ma. Kaneko has said that the concept permeates everyday living in Japan. The term means “spirit” and Kaneko interprets this to mean that the space and scale between things has a consciousness. The Japanese conception of Space called MA may compare favorably to the Western conception of “Sense of Place.”

Mark-making is a primordial activity of humans; maybe the primordial function. We mark with our hands, words, our very breaths. Mark-making is one the ways we define ourselves as living, breathing creatures inhabiting this planet. Prehistoric peoples made marks. Children today love mark-making. Sophisticated artists have taken mark-making to the heights of fine art culture and value. At every sphere of culture, we mark.  Kaneko: “I find it difficult to leave the surface of my sculpture as is.  I almost have a need to paint on it.”  

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3-12-16 Untitled Dango, 2003 Glazed ceramics 56 x 24 x 1404-10-12 Untitled Dango, 2004 Glazed ceramic 41 x 31.5 x 17D-02-02-17 Untitled, 2002 Oil stick and ink on Korean rice paper 66 x 55.5D-02-02-48 Untitled, 2002 Oil stick and ink on Korean rice paper 37.5 x 25
D-02-09-54 Untitled, 2002 Oil stick and ink on Korean rice paper 37.5 x 25D-02-09-80 Untitled, 2002 Oil stick and ink on Korean rice paper 37.5 x 25D-06-02-07 Untitled, 2006 Oil pastel and sumi ink on paper 64 x 44D-06-02-22 Untitled, 2006 Oil pastel and sumi ink on paper 64 x 44
D-06-02-22 Untitled, 2006 Oil pastel and sumi ink on paper 64 x 44Kaneko Slab 13-01-23 Glazed raku ceramics 30.5Kaneko Slab 13-12-23 Glazed raku ceramics 30.5P-09-04-10 Untitled, 2009 Acrylic on canvas 7’6” x 5’10” x 2.5”
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