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Kylin Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibit of our exclusive artist Yoshio Ikezaki, titled “Condensation: 60 Years of My Life and Art Practice Into the Roll Paper". The exhibit will start March 16 through April 16 and the opening reception will be held on the 16th between 3-6 pm. Light refreshments will be served.  

Words by Yoshio: “This is my first time attempting to paint on a long roll of paper (43 in x 393 in). It was my dream and desire to create a painting with that size of paper. So I decided to do it as the memorial work for this solo exhibit. And I made a promise to myself.  Before I painted, I selected 6 important elements of Japanese aesthetics that relate to my life and art-making motives.  I also taught Japanese aesthetics and philosophy classes at colleges.”

"I made a rule for each painting. It was important to express and embody at least 3 of 6 Japanese aesthetics below in a painting depicting our common nature like mountains, water, air, light, sky, clouds, and others. The most difficult part of the challenge was that those 6 aesthetic elements were invisible and hidden only for us to sense them or not. It deeply relates to our spirituality. I wish my works were able to capture the trace of my experiment in this show. Hope you enjoy solving the mystery I challenge.”

Here’s the list and translation of the 6 Japanese aesthetic terms below.

Ki (気); Inner existing energy, Spirit. When “Ki” fills your body, your soul begins to dance.

Yugen(幽玄); A Japanese word pertaining to a profound awareness of the universe that evokes feelings that are inexplicably deep and too mysterious for words. 

Ma(間); The void between, through, around, and within all things. This includes between objects, people and their environment, as well as spatial and temporal states. 

Mujo (無常); Impermanence. Everything on earth evolves, changes, and perishes.
Mononoaware (もののあわれ); The transience of all things, and the ephemerality of experience or the “pathos of things.” 

Mushi (むし); Like living things that we cannot comprehend with
our five senses.

Yoshio Ikezaki was born in Japan and active in Los Angeles since 1986. He earned a BA and MFA from Florida State University. He has exhibited his work internationally and is known for his Sumi ink painting and handmade paper sculpture in many museums and galleries in the world. He taught as a professor at the Art Center College of Design (ACCD), and Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), and lectured at Tama Art University and Musashino Art University.  His US exhibits include the Kylin Gallery Beverly Hills, LACMA,  ACCD Williamson Gallery, Asian Pacific Museum,  Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City, and more.

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