East - West: the hammered metal object
An exhibition of 11 Japanese and 11 American metal smiths
Jul 31, 2013 - Sep 1, 2013
Preview Reception: July 31st, 5-9 pm
First Thursday Reception, Waterstone Gallery &
Museum of Contemporary Craft August 1st, 6-9pm
Panel discussion at MOCC, August 2nd, 6-9
Artist's Talk, August 18th, 11am
In August 2013, eleven metal artists from Japan will gather with eleven metal artists from the United States to give Portland a rare opportunity: the chance to see the contemporary interpretations by highly skilled makers of the ancient art form of hammered metal. These metal workers from different parts of the world share an understanding of the aesthetic possibilities of gathering and controlling a hard, but malleable substance. In their hands, metal art moves beyond functionality to objects that celebrate and enhance the inherent beauty of the metal.
Contemporary Japanese and American metal artwork reflect the emphasis within the two traditions. Very similar tools are used, but the results are quite different. “East and West: The Hammered Metal Object” will include two works by each of the 22 invited artists and will showcase a wide range of methods and styles.
The artwork can be seen in the Portland area at the Waterstone Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Events planned to coincide with the opening of the exhibition include a panel discussion on Aug 2 from 6-9 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The panel will include artists from both countries responding to questions from a moderator and the audience.
This exhibition also allows an opportunity for the metal artists to learn from one another. Several of the Japanese artists will be conducting workshops teaching Japanese techniques and all of the visiting artists will participate in an informal “hammer-in” during the day on August 2.
East and West: The Hammered Metal Object” is a traveling exhibition. Its next stop will be the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco, a highly respected metal arts gallery. The show will run there from September 27 to October 27.