Things You See
Sara Farrell Okamura and Hideyo Okamura
August 28 - October 26
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 28th 6-8p
Poetry and Dance Responses to the Art in the Gallery: Thursday, September 25, 6-9pm
Sara Farrell Okamura's prints and drawings and Hideyo Okamura's paintings span the possibilities of what you see, but not always what you recognize.Sara Farrell Okamura's work reveals multi-layered meanings. Her drawings and prints often lift ordinary objects out of ordinary contexts. In graphic but painterly visuals, the objects might take on other meanings; a simple pattern of cloth can be reconstructed into a symbol for political change or the same cloth might narrate a tale of economic and environment calamity.
Hideyo Okamura asks his viewers to take his painting as is, to experience the visual sensations and the materiality of the paint. Using oil paint, Hideyo constructs colorful abstract works with simple marks such as circles and lines. Using repetition and overlays, Hideyo is not interested in representation. Rather, Hideyo invites people to look closely and experience the paint, the line, and the construction of the work itself.
A Call to Protect Fragile Ecosystems
October 30 - November 27, 2014
Opening Reception: October 30, 2014, 5-7p
Water & Earth exhibits the artwork of regional, national, and international artists who deal with issues of ecology, the environment, and nature. The show explores the possibility of art reaching deeply into the collective values of culture in order to initiate awareness and agency. Can art suggest ways of healthy engagement with the environment, promote respect for nature, and encourage the use of sustainable materials? Each of these invited artists provides a personal glimpse of the fragility and uniqueness of the ground on which we live.