March 04 – March 26, 2011
Artists: Clemens Buntig, Maho Kino, and Tomomi Ono
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 6-8PM
ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present “Between Ink and Paper -Three Printmakers’ Vision-” at Front Space by German Artist Clemens Buntig, and Japanese Artists Maho Kino and Tomomi Ono.
As computer and communication technology is progressing day by day, a lot of printed material such as newspapers, magazines and books are being taken over by the new media. Today we live in the “paper less” world and tend to forget the warmth that ink and paper bring to our lives. In this exhibition, we are focusing three printmakers’ work. Each of them has his/her own subject matter and each printmaker uses a painstaking, labor-intensive technique to achieve their own goal. Their prints remind us of the subtle beauty and magic that ink and paper offer.
For Clemens Buntig, the natural material of wood is a medium for making images transport to the universal laws. Growing cycles, potential, ideas and realization through decision and willpower are constructive which are the concept and the foundation of Buntig’s work. Using original techniques of carving and cutting process on Buntig’s work are a metaphor of creation and existence of human invention. Buntig lives and works in Germany.
Maho Kino’s main medium is etchings and various print techniques using copper plates. Kino’s Peanut is a recurring subject in her work. The simple line of its organic form and the inherent duality in the peanut, (two nuts in one shell) acting as a metaphor for the conflict in the human character. Through the activities, journeys, hopes and dreams of her peanut creations, she expresses something of her own inner journey. Kino lives and works in New York City.
Tomomi Ono’s series of “day sky” prints began in 2008. These prints depict the stars in the day light — when stars are usually not visible to the naked eye but nevertheless exist in the sky. She prints these multi-layered lithographs on Japanese paper and mounts them on wooden boards. Ono lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.