With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Thursday, September 15, 2011

ACF 1151: "Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers" exhibition opens tomorrow at NY's Japan Society

Some of the works in the first room of the exhibition.
Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers
 Where: Japan Society Gallery
333 East 47th Street, between 1st an 2nd Avenues
When: September 16-December 18, 2011

Tomorrow, Friday, September 16th, will mark the opening of this magnificent exhibition at Japan Society. I was fortunate to attend a  press preview luncheon and a walk-through yesterday. Joe Earle, Vice President of the Society and Director of the Gallery, led the walk through and provided fascinating information about the pieces. At least six of the artists were present and spoke about their works.

A "shop curtain" by Jun'ichi Arai.

All photos in this post were taken by me using only my cell phone camera. While my images don't begin to do justice to the pieces, they do, I hope, convey some idea of their qualities. Of course, in one sense no two-dimensional image can do justice to such fascinating three-dimensional works.

Akio Hamatani's W-Orbit. Note the door to the right to gain a sense of the scale of the work.

Now I am not a textile person, but I appreciate talent and creativity in any medium. I was mightily impressed. The more than 35 works in this juried show demonstrate the brilliant use of a wide range of materials, from hemp to modern-age microfilaments and nearly everything in-between.

Yours truly reflected in the mirrored side of part of an untitled piece by Machiko Agano.

Quite simply, Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers is a must-see. The creations are visually stunning and endlessly fascinating.

Kyoko Kumai's The Shape of Time on the floor below Naomi Kobayashi's suspended MA 2000.

For more information about the exhibition, including gallery hours, click here. Note that docent-led walk-in tours (which I highly recommend) are given at 12:30 pm Tuesdays thru Sundays, and Japanese language tours occur on Friday nights at 6:00 pm.

And for ACF's original announcement post about Fiber Futures, click here.

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