Shoko Kazama has always been fascinated by Chinese characters and poetry. From childhood, the Yokohama native studied calligraphy and passionately orchestrated the brushes, Japanese paper, and Chinese ink. After studying independently and with various mentors for decades, she is now the distinguished official calligrapher of Kencho-ji, a Zen sect with its high temple in Kamakura, Japan. This Friday, Kazama opens her first ever exhibition in New York City, Bokusai, at Resobox, an LIC gallery/cafe that promotes art and cuisine from the Land of the Rising Sun. The show’s theme is Otogizoshi or stories from the Muromachi period (13th century) that have been passed down verbally among children for generations. Kazama mixes black ink with white paper because her art explores expressing the invisible through the visible.
A quote from Kazama, another image, and more exhibition information are on the jump page.
“This time, I’m holding my solo exhibit in New York City, a place where art is harshly criticized,” Kazama stated. “However, by being here, I have faith that NY will guide me in the right direction. I’m anxiously awaiting the many opinions and advice from everyone.”
Details: Bokusai, Resobox, 41-26 27th Street, Long Island City/Dutch Kills, opening reception on July 18th, 7 pm to 9 pm, show runs to August 7th, free, gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, noon to 5 pm.