Frederick Harris GalleryThe former Genkan Gallery was renamed in December 2010 to honor the late Dr Frederick Harris, a former Club president, longtime chair of the Genkan Gallery Committee, renowned artist and cultural ambassador whose profound contributions to the Club and the grander art world over the decades were plentiful.
The Frederick Harris Gallery houses a changing selection of fine artwork from local and internationally renowned artists. Exhibitions feature a new artist every month, with works ranging from oil paintings and traditional Japanese woodblock prints to ceramics and sculptures.
Much of the displayed artwork is available for purchase through the Member Services Desk. Sales of works begin at 6 pm on the first day of the exhibition.
Artists interested in exhibiting their artwork can complete an application at the Member Services Desk. Showcased artists are selected by the Frederick Harris Gallery Committee.
March 24–April 13
To express her vision that humans and their creations exist in harmony with nature, sho calligraphy artist Ten-You immersed herself in the works of masters of such traditional elements as shikkui (lime plaster), sunago (powdered silver), urushi (lacquer) and sensu (Japanese folding fans).
“In this exhibition, my works are the cross-pollination of ancient Chinese characters and of the industrial arts and crafts born in the unique climate of Japan,” says Ten-You, whose real name is Mariko Yamada. “In order to realize this idea, I wanted to collaborate with several traditional skillful craftsmen who are acquainted well with the local climate in Japan and [who] have inherited the Japanese tradition directly.”
Working with a sunago artisan, she used silver and gold powder to create a unique piece of art. “I wanted the characters to be emerging and ebbing in the flow on the black ink,” she says. “I could not produce these works without my encounter with the sunago craftsman.”
Last year, she applied the techniques gleaned from a skilled plasterer to produce an engaging work of stucco calligraphy—a first of its kind.
Ten-You apprenticed with leading kodai moji (ancient character) calligrapher Koho Kato, starting in 2000, and became an independent calligrapher in 2007. Since then, she has exhibited her work across the world and has held workshops for children in Tokyo and Paris.
April 14–May 11
Todai moto kurashi (It’s dark at the base of a lighthouse) is a Japanese proverb that means it’s difficult to see what’s right in front of your eyes. It’s an adage that likely resonates with ceramicist Taizo Kuroda, who, like many Japanese artists, left his homeland in search of fortune and inspiration.
While waiting tables at a Paris restaurant in the late 60s, the 20-year-old Kuroda met famous ceramist and future living national treasure Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who introduced him to Canadian potter Gaetan Beaudin, now recognized as the father of the modern Quebec ceramic movement.
Kuroda spent 15 years abroad, 13 of them in Quebec studying under the Canadian master. During that time he returned to Japan twice to learn from Shimaoka in Mashiko, Tochigi Prefecture’s pottery hub.
He returned to Japan permanently in 1981 and after moving to his house-cum-studio on the Izu Peninsula in 1991 Kuroda realized absolute freedom was providing a hindrance to his art. He needed to establish some limits. “So I stripped my art of whatever I thought unnecessary,” he explains. “Only by narrowing down my color choice to white can I focus on my real objective, which is to establish a connection with people.”
Though Kuroda, now 67, makes only functional pieces, his tableware and flower pots are revered for their artistic quality. With their stripped-down forms and lack of glaze, Kuroda’s pieces seem quintessentially Japanese.
Kuroda’s reason for doing what he does is as uncomplicated as his art. “Each one of us is a tiny particle, seemingly lost in the universe,” he says. “My aim is to create something that hopefully is going to touch other people’s lives.”