KAEDE: Five Winds Calligraphy at Onishi Gallery

KAEDE: Five Winds

Tuesday, February 4 through Tuesday, February 11
Opening Reception: Thursday February 6 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Onishi Gallery – 521 W. 26th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Admission: Free

Onishi Gallery presents KAEDE: Five Winds, a group exhibition featuring contemporary calligraphy artists CAN Miura, HOUSEKI Seiji, BIHOU Iwai, TOSHI Furuya, and KAORI Kasahara. For many years, this calligraphy group, KAEDE, has frequently attended the same training sessions, camps, and social gatherings focused on exhibiting at several shodo, or traditional Japanese calligraphy, exhibitions. They found that we were in agreement about the spirit and future of shodo, which led to the creation of KAEDE. With this exhibition, KAEDE strives to take active steps towards the future and to expand its activities internationally.

When people try to create something, they will reflect on what is inside of them. I think creatively using time like this brings color to life. Writing calligraphy (shodo) is an irreplaceable way of life for me. Luckily I have received guidance from many gifted mentors and have been able to continue calligraphy for a long time. I am very happy to be able to hold this exhibition with fellow members that I have studied together with.

I am thankful for the teachers that I have worked with, and hope we can show everyone how fun calligraphy is.”
– BIHOU Iwai / Exhibiting Artist

Bihou Iwai (b. 1958); Kaede (Maple), 2019

Years of devotion to the practice of Japanese calligraphy have led each artist to develop their unique style and expression, which is on display. In this exhibition, you will experience five new yet traditional winds blowing from Japan.”
– Yoko Maki / Curator

About Onishi Gallery

Since its opening in 2005, Onishi Gallery has featured contemporary Japanese artists who work in a range of media, including ceramics, metalwork, lacquer, glass, sculpture, and painting. These artists are united in their common embrace of tradition in the creative process, and they are distinct in their exquisite and diverse modes of expression.

Onishi Gallery merges the past with the present through the presentation of historically rich explorations of traditional art forms and ambitions experimentations in new formats in the center of the international contemporary art scene in Chelsea, New York City.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

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