Japanese Artists in Group Exhibition Offer a Moment of Reflection

Kankaku

Now through Saturday, February 26

Alison Bradley Projects – 526 W. 26th Street, Suite 814 (between 10th and 11th Streets)

Admission: Free

In its winter exhibition Alison Bradley Projects brings together works by six artists to contemplate the fluidity of artistic practice across different mediums. This exhibit showcases a selection of two- and three-dimensional works that challenge the boundaries of material as conceptual, ephemeral, and tactile.

About the Exhibition

The title of the exhibition, Kankaku, can be understood in two ways, depending on the kanji: 間隔 refers to the interval, the space between; and 感覚 refers to a feeling, sensation, or impression. As we move through the winter, Kankaku offers an interval, a moment of reflection to consider the convergence of identity, sensation, and temporality—the promise of pause that comes with winter.

These six artists are dedicated to their own distinctive approach to medium—painting, photography, glass, textile, drawing, and sculpture. Taken together, the works included in Kankaku engage explicitly with light, space, and time. Each artist experiments with abstraction and presence, serving as a reminder to allow the inner self to take on new forms.

Kankaku installation view. Photo ©Alison Bradley Projects.

Participating Artists

Kaname Higa (b. 1972, Okinawa)

Kaname Higa, also known as Turtle Forest, uses pen on paper to create a series of mesmerizing drawings with a primarily monochromatic color palette. His highly detailed compositions negotiate the tension between meticulously rendered detail and negative space, evoking interstellar realities, familial longing, and the artist’s own fragmented memories. Higa’s sculptural works are likewise intricate—comprised of tiny elements which manifest themselves in creature-like, jeweled forms.

Chuck Kelton (b. 1952, New York)

Chuck Kelton is a virtuoso artist creating “chemigrams,” an artwork involving a complex alchemy of photographic chemicals, toners composed of precious and semi-precious metals, as well as unconventional methodologies such as the folding of the photographic paper itself. These cameraless works evoke imagined and ethereal landscapes and are also a deep gesture to the history of photography.

Tadaaki Kuwayama (b. 1932, Nagoya)

Tadaaki Kuwayama’s monumental paintings display no subjective expression, harnessing the power of materiality and space through the use of acrylic and aluminum. His minimalist works capture the immersive yet fleeting sensation of the present as the form and color of each work transforms and is in turn affected by the gallery space itself.

Ritsue Mishima (b. 1962, Kyoto)

Ritsue Mishima works with traditional glassblowers in Murano to produce elegant, colorless glassworks that are each uniquely textured and organic, appearing weightless as they absorb and refract ambient light from their surrounding environment.

Miwa Neishi (b. 1990, Tokyo)

Miwa Neishi’s ceramic sculptures draw from Japanese calligraphy, abstract typography, and Jomon prehistoric clay figurines. For this exhibition she created a body of work on a scale larger than her usual, playing with resonances between old and new, past and present.

Aurora Pellizzi (b. 1983, Mexico City)

Aurora Pellizzi’s practice dismantles the perception of a divide between contemporary art and traditional craft, combining textile processes with painterly modes of abstraction. In the sculptural painting in this exhibition, she uses the repetitive gesture of weaving alongside meandering linework to explore the ways in which time is both structured and spontaneous.

Kankaku installation view. Photo ©Alison Bradley Projects.

About Alison Bradley Projects

Alison Bradley Projects specializes in introducing Japanese postwar artists and masterworks to private and institutional clients and for curating and bringing forward both historical and emerging international artists between the US and Asia. With more than two decades of experience in the art world, the gallery’s most important asset is a passion for the artists, their work, and its context in art history.

Alison Bradley’s expertise is in curating and advising on Japanese postwar art and for her long engagement with the medium of photography from historical to contemporary. In recent years she also introduces exhibitions of Western art in Japan. Over the last fifteen years, Bradley has placed significant Japanese postwar and contemporary artworks into many exceptional private collections and public institutions internationally as well as curated unique and groundbreaking exhibitions, some of which featured Japanese artists seen for the first time outside of Japan.

Visit the Gallery

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Gallery recommends making appointments in advance. Please call Ise Sharp at 646-476-8409 to plan your visit. For more information, please visit the Alison Bradley Projects website.