I recently exhibited at the Toyota Civic Center at Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The exhibition site was changed from Toyota Municipal Museum of Art as the museum is currently closed for renovation.
As the featured artist of the International Cultural Art Festival, I exhibited along the sides of sixteen best regional and national artists in Aichi Prefecture. The participating artists included Tomomi Kano and Hisashi Kano from Obara Washi Paper Museum, Professor Koji Shibazaki from Aichi University of the Arts, well-known artists Satoru Kato, Ooishi Matsue, Jianxiong Zeng, Yasuo Itami. etc. I exhibited part of my latest collection of folded light art titled Anemoi Light Art, as well as some of my earlier works. Anemoi Light Art is realized by combining algorithm-based digital design and tactile process. The main material is a type of tear-free Japanese-made Shoji paper called Hi-tec Kozo, which has a three-layer structure, with eco-friendly polyester film as core and Kozo Washi on both sides. Kozo Washi is a type of renewable material that is made from the inner bark of Kozo, a type of mulberry tree originated in Japan.
My exhibition was sponsored by Toyota City, Toyota City Education Committee, Toyota City Culture Promotion Foundation and Toyota International Association. Toyota City Mayor Mr. Ota Toshihiko, the President of Toyota International Association Akiko Toyoda, Member of the House of Representatives Yagi Tetsuya, and hundreds of visitors attended the exhibition. Also, my exhibition was published in one of the four major newspapers in Japan the Chunichi Shimbun and local newspaper the Yahagi Shinpo.
Many thanks to dozens of volunteers who helped set up the exhibition. Special thanks to Satoru Kato, Lin Yang, Jianxiong Zeng and Akiko Toyoda who meticulously planned and organized the event. Also thanks to Yoshimasa Nakata, Yasuo Itami, Hisashi Kano, Tomomi Kano, Koji Shibazaki and his wife Sachiko Kinoshita, Professor Shibazaki’s student Suzuki Mikako. Without all of your help, the exhibition would have been impossible. Thank you very much for all of your beautiful work.
My trip to Japan was partially funded through a New Frontier Exploratory Travel fellowship from Indiana University. Besides the exhibition, my Japan trip also included visits to Washi paper museums in Obara and Mino, as well as Professor Shibazaki’s paper studio at Aichi Prefecture University of Fine Arts and Music, a state-funded public university in Japan.