Made in Japan

by Jody Godoy '05

On Tuesday, November 27, the Hugh and Hazel Darling Library hall was filled with students and faculty at the reception for Made in Japan, a collaborative art show. Curated by studio art major Macha Suzuki '02, the exhibit featured art by Japanese students from the Los Angeles area.

Suzuki thought it would be a fun idea to collaborate with multiple artists, and desired to show what kind of art Japanese students are doing. He enjoyed putting together artists working in different media; the show is comprised of five mixed media works, one video display, and four ceramic pieces.

Hiro Deguchi, a third year student at Citrus College, created the ceramic pieces. He was very excited to be a part of the show, as this was his first time exhibiting his ceramics. Originally from Tokyo, Deguchi said that he enjoys working with abstract forms and enabling the viewer to "imagine anything."

Some of the other works featured were designed to create a more definite impression. Joe Suzuki, a graduate student at California State University, Northridge, says his pieces address "specific issues." He saw the show as very successful in displaying diverse forms of creativity and challenging any preconceived ideas viewers have about Japanese students and their art.

Associate Professor of Art, Jim Thompson, Ed.D., said that he liked that "each artist [brought] their own expertise to the show." Thompson thought the show was "really strong and powerful"; he was "glad to see students bringing in outside artists. We need to be exposed to other art and ideas, even if they bother us."

There will be two solo art shows by Japanese students in December, both of which will be displayed in Art Gallery West in the Duke Academic Complex on West Campus.

Moto Okawa, who created the video display featured in Made in Japan, will present {operation hydra: first head}, a combination of video, installation, and performance art. The show runs from December 2-6, with the reception and performance on Tuesday, December 3 from 7-10 p.m.

Macha Suzuki’s exhibition, - imperfect -, can be viewed December 9-15 with a reception on Tuesday, December 10 from 7-10 p.m.