Ethan Snow


  • Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Road East San Diego, CA, 92101 United States

May 12. 2017 –July 12, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, May 12, 2017 5:00 – 7:00pm, Exhibition Hall
$5.00 - includes Garden entrance fee.
RSVP: Emiko Scudder (619) 232-2784 or registrar@niwa.org

*The artist invites the first 20 guests to write their wish on the Ema (plaques on which people write their prayers and wishes) and display in his exhibition.


Public gallery hours: Monday to Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
Free with admission to the Japanese Friendship Garden.
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The Japanese Friendship Garden presents “Syncretism” - an exhibition of San Diego’s emerging artist Ethan Snow. His installation and participatory art piece will be displayed in the Exhibition Hall where he presents his speculative re-interpretation of Japanese Shintoism transformed by a digitally obsessed modern society. His works will be comprised of both painting and ceramics elements.

Ethan Snow is an artist based in San Diego, CA. He earned an AA in Ceramics from Grossmont College and a BA in Studio Arts from San Diego State University with an emphasis in ceramics. His work has been shown in exhibitions in California.

"As digital technology is now ubiquitous and pervasive in our lives, to be tech illiterate is to be invisible. Our society as a whole is increasingly focused on S.T.E.M. centered education and values only what is quantifiable; a gradual move away from the natural world to that of the contrived is apparent. These shifts are inextricably woven into our beliefs, influence our behavior, and permeate our worldview. My belief is that our increased integration with tech will inevitably and progressively manifest itself in the socially constructed religions of the world.  Shintoism is an example and serves as a vehicle to develop these ideas. My work strives to envision the syncretic merging of ancient Japanese Shintoism and our exaggerated digital society."      

- Ethan Snow