ALYSIA MACAULAY: RESHAPE AND RESHUFFLE

July 11 - 25, 2020

MICHAEL THORPE

Works available online and on view at our Pop Up Gallery 

at 15 Central St Wellesley MA 02842

We are very excited to introduce Michael Thorpe to our line up of artists. Thorpe is currently based in Newton MA, studied photo journalism and played basketball at Emerson College. He had a sell out exhibition at All Too Human before Covid-19 closed physical spaces to the public and had a major work acquired by the Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston. As the result of the overwhelmingly positive response to his work, he will be moving his art studio to New York City in July. 

Thorpe works primarily in textile having been taught by his mother quilting techniques from a young age. He is interested in exploring the human form and the impact of language on his community and identity. 

This work is titled Brian and according to Thorpe, "this work is a depiction of my friend Brian sitting poolside. Instead of depicting how I see a pool I chose to describe it, I want to encourage the viewer to see however they do. I hope by doing so I am helping unlock everyone’s inner artist." His works are on view right now at our Pop Up location 15 Central St Wellesley MA 02842. 

Video profile of the artist by Only Good TV

3D tour of our Pop Up Gallery

Japanese Women 

The gallery is featuring new pieces from leading female Japanese artists including Matsuda Yuriko, Ono Haruko, and Kitamura Junko.  Select works are available for private viewing and purchase.  

 

Matsuda Yuriko studied with highly respected Living National Treasures, Kondo Yazuo and Tomimoto Kenkichi at Kyoto City University of Fine Arts. Using highly sophisticated and tradition techniques, Matsuda transformed her work into sculptures which are uniquely her own. Her work is a play on the female form from the point of view of a woman; subversively challenges the male gaze. 

Ono Hakuko (1915-1996) was trained by her father initially in the ceramic arts. However she was most strongly influenced by the great experimentive artist Kato Hajime (1901-1968) and his work with gold. This affected her own style deeply, and it can be said that she carried on his research. She was awarded the JCS award in 1980, one of Japans most prestigious ceramics awards. In 1992 she was named an important cultural asset (Juyo mukei bunkazai) of Saga prefecture. Bucking the traditional image here is another of Japans great cultural assets who fought against a system of prejudice to rise to the top and it is an honor to be able to offer something by her.

Kitamura Junko studied with Kondo Yutaka (1932-1983) and Sodeisha Founder Suzuki Osamu (1926 - 2001) at the Kyoto City University of FIne Arts. Made waves as a female artist in the male dominated Japanese traditional ceramic world. Known for using Buncheong technique learned from Kondo and elevated it into a unique style of her own. She is married to Akiyama Yo.

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