November 09, 2012 – January 04, 2013
Curated by Diana Ewer
Artist: Katsutoshi Yuasa
Opening Reception and Sake Tasting: Friday, November 9, 6-8PM
Artist and Curator In Conversation: Saturday, November 10, 12– 2pm
In Conversation includes a demonstration of woodcut process by the artist
Special Event ’12.12.12: A Holiday Toast’ on Wednesday, December 12, 6-8PM
Please join us at the ISE Cultural Foundation for a Holiday Toast hosted by the Streaming Museum on the occasion of Katsutoshi Yuasa’s exhibition “Miraculous” curated by Diana Ewer. A celebration to mark the Streaming Museum’s forthcoming 5 Year Anniversary, the event will include a short video presentation of past events and holiday toast to celebrate present and future collaborations. There will be an opportunity to speak with the curator and participate in a short tour of the exhibition during the evening.
Holiday Gallery Schedule
Tuesday, Dec.25, 2012 (Christmas Day): Closed
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012: 11:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday, Jan.1, 2013 (New Year’s Day): Closed
ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present solo exhibition “Katsutoshi Yuasa: Miraculous”, curated by Diana Ewer.
His first one-man show in a New York based arts institution, Yuasa exhibits a new series of woodcuts made in the aftermath of Japan’s devastating earthquake in March 2011. Abroad at the time, the Internet became a vital source of information through which the artist was able to piece together a narrative of events, and relate to the suffering that his fellow countrymen were experiencing first hand.
Katsutoshi Yuasa: Miraculous is, in part, based on images of natural disasters culled from the Internet, translated by the artist into hauntingly permanent post-apocalyptic woodcuts on an epic scale: the largest measures 8 by 10 ft. Meticulously hand-crafted, these works echo the pixelated raster-graphic structure of digital images lifted from the web, yet Yuasa carefully edits and filters his material. The artist comments that “we cannot see everything and cannot experience anything” and his woodcuts are the end result of a long spiritual and creative journey through which he hopes to crystallize the emotive character of his subjects’ inner world.
Each woodcut takes weeks to complete, as Yuasa painstakingly translates details of light and shadow onto plywood ready for printing, allowing the works to metamorphose through his process. The finished woodcuts exist as objects and images in their own right, removed from the original narratives that inspired them, but still communicating an abstract appeal of dramatic proportions. Yuasa sees this transformation as an act of purification. The changes he makes to the images are a means of grasping a higher truth or meaning – something miraculous – surpassing the realities that inspired him.
Special thanks to www.tagfinearts.com for funding the catalogue. It includes a Q&A with the artist and curator and an essay ‘An Art of Re-birth’ by Kohei Kuwada, a lecturer at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
About the Artist: www.katsutoshiyuasa.com
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