Saturday, November 28, 2009

Iceland & Japan: The Art of Two Volcanic Island Nations in NY

Volcano Lovers - From Iceland and Japan
November 13, 2009 - January 2, 2010
ISE Cultural Foundation, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present "Volcano Lovers - from Iceland and Japan" collaborative exhibition of Icelandic curator Birta Guojonsdottir and Japanese curator Shinya Watanabe.

Although the historical connection between Iceland and Japan has not been close in the past, these two island nations share obvious cultural and geographic parallels. They are located at the west and east poles of Eurasia, respectively, and have both been greatly influenced by having volcanoes as a prominent part of their natural terrain. This exhibition aspires to capture the energy and emotions that lie under the surface of minimalist expressions for these two different nations with similar backgrounds. These works subtly explore sensory experience, relativity, and the complexities of daily rituals. 

Both nations share an experience of the power and energy of earth's transformation, construction, and deconstruction. In other words, earth is created in Iceland, and perishes in Japan.

Read more on Volcano Lovers in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Image courtesy of ISE Cultural Foundation.

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