Current & Upcoming Exhibits
In the late 70s, Rocco’s edgy, colorful, and playful expressionist art first graced the large bland concrete walls connecting Sakuragicho and Takahashi Station in Yokohama. Within two years, his comic-like images of children drawn in chalk filled a one kilometer wall. The City Managers occasionally painted over them as “unaesthetic” graffiti and scribbling, but many survived and won great favor among the public. In an unprecedented decision, the city eventually relented and by the early 80s “The Wall” became a famous place for public drawing attracting hundreds of international artists from all walks of life.
The Japanese Friendship Garden presents five San Diego potters who have built their own distinctive styles and practices in continuing dialogue with the traditional ceramic arts of Japan. Throughout their careers, they have borrowed forms, techniques and glazes, and drawn inspiration from the characteristically Japanese embrace of accident and imperfection. Longtime friends and colleagues, between them they have spent two centuries working, studying and experimenting with the humble, changeable, frustrating and endlessly seductive medium that is clay.
The Japanese phrase, Ichigo Ichie, has been translated as "for this time only," and "once in a lifetime." It is a phrase describing to treasure the moment and for Kathleen, expresses something she thinks about often in relationship to her art making. She is grateful for this opportunity to share her first experience of Kyoto and recall those moments again in the process.