Curators' Presentation: Redefining the Multiple

Posted: March 18, 2015


KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts welcomes two esteemed curators for a talk on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 pm: Sam Yates, director, Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture, University of Tennessee; and Hideki Kimura, professor of art at Kyoto City University of Arts.

The two are responsible for the KIA's current exhibition, Redefining the Multiple: 13 Japanese Printmakers, on view through April 26, a show of contemporary art that reframes the definition of printmaking.

"You won't be seeing much by way of the classic framed image of samurai and courtesans, or snow-topped Mount Fuji," says KIA Director of Exhibitions Vicki Wright.

Some of the artists do use historic printmaking techniques, but many explore alternative tactics as they expand on the printmaking practice of producing "multiples."

Kimura studied oil painting and printmaking at Kyoto City University of Arts and completed independent research at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Fine Art. He's been exhibiting nationally and internationally since the early 1980s, and has taught printmaking since 1998.

Yates received an MFA in studio arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and since 1980 has been director and curator for the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Japanese printmaking began in the eighth century to reproduce religious texts. Exact, careful, and precise, the medium reflects the structure and detailed culture of the country, which was private and isolated for most of world history. The artists range in age from their mid-twenties to mid-sixties, and include Junji Amano, Shunsuke Kano, Hideki Kimura, Koichi Kiyono, Saori Miyake, Shoji Miyamoto, Arata Nojima, Nobuaki Onishi, Kouseki Ono, Naruki Oshima, Chiaki Shuji, Marie Yoshiki, and Toshinao Yoshioka.

Additional programs for the exhibition include three offerings with printmaker Mary Brodbeck: a documentary film, Becoming Made, Tuesday, March 31, at noon; a Japanese printmaking demonstration, Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 pm; and a workshop on Saturday, April 25, 9 am - noon.

Redefining the Multiple: 13 Japanese Printmakers in Kalamazoo sponsored by Stryker, and made possible in part by the Joy Light Fund for East Asian Art Acquisitions and Exhibitions.