This past Thursday, The Great Wave: Contemporary Talents of Japan opened to great success. Featuring current and new members of the Ronin Contemporary family, this exhibition presents diverse reactions to Japan’s recent earthquakes and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami across a wide range of media. This exhibition considers the wave that creates and destroys through works by Sarah Brayer, Everett Brown, Horiyoshi III, Yuki Ideguchi, Masato Sudo, Tomomi Kamoshita, Yuki Nishimoto, Marigo Nao, Hideo Takeda, Cyoko Tamai, and the Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residnce Keisuke Yamaguchi. These contemporary talents blur the distinction between tradition and innovation, from new-age nihonga and kintsugi, to ultra-modern site-specific painting and prints that resound with popular manga.
In recent years, contemporary Japanese art has captured the interest of collectors worldwide. Across mediums and styles, Japanese artists are pushing limits and innovating techniques to stunning effect. Through Contemporary Talents of Japan, Ronin Gallery unites emerging and established contemporary artists working in Japan today. Our featured artist, Yamaguchi Keisuke (Oz), blends traditional techniques with thoroughly contemporary imagery, considering the power of forces unseen, both natural and human. From gods of the sea to the emotional landscapes of the human heart, he calls upon unique and subtle qualities of Japanese culture and art to evoke the events of March 11, 2011, as well as Japan’s recent earthquakes. This blurring of the traditional and the contemporary unites the artists in this exhibition.
The Great Wave is held in conjunction with the Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program. This program seeks to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue through Japan’s vanguard of visual art. This opportunity provides housing, a tatami studio space, and inclusion in Ronin Gallery’s exhibition Contemporary Talents of Japan. As March 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, our theme during this inaugural year is “The Great Wave: Images to Support the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.” On May 10th, our distinguished panel of judges chose Yamaguchi’s striking paintings based on three criteria: artistic excellence, clarity of concept, and originality in interpretation of theme. We are pleased to include honorable mentions Tomomi Kamoshita, Marigo Nao, and Yuki Nishimoto in this exhibition.
Thank you to all who joined us for the opening of this exciting exhibition. The show will be on view in the gallery through July 30th and can be accessed online here.
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