Current & Upcoming Exhibits
Japanese culture is in tune with the rhythm of nature and the changes that come with each season. In Japan, the beginning of spring is cause for celebration as it coincides with flowering and blooming of plants. Inspiration has been found in flowers as it can be found in different aspects of Japanese literature, poetry, and art. Flowers have a language all their own. For example, sakura, or cherry blossom, represents the arrival of spring, but is also a metaphor for the ephemeral beauty of life. Flower symbolism plays a vital role in Japanese art and everyday life and is featured across many different aspects of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.
Wabi-sabi (侘寂), a traditional Japanese aesthetic, signifies acceptance of transience and imperfection. In this exhibition, "Expression of wabi-sabi: Embracing Impermanence," artist; Dana Mano-Flank seeks to create awareness, insight, and explores the fragile connections between nature and human society.
Cat Chiu Phillips creates installation work in public spaces often using traditional
handicraft methods while encouraging collaborations within the community. By using
various found materials, discarded items became an interest because of its contextual
value. Inevitably this has inspired her to create installation and public art projects using
various recycled products.
San Diego State University's Richard Keely will be helping produce the next exhibit in the Inamori Pavilion! Mr. Keely has invited invited 50 artists from an array of disciplines: painters, sculptors, designers, metalworkers, whittlers, ceramicist, jewelers, dabblers, film makers, photographers and a host of others to make a fish that will be displayed on a 2’ x 2’ matte black tile that will be laid out in a grid on the floor of JFG's Inamori Pavilion. What Mr. Keely is hoping to achieve by giving 50 talented artist the vague, yet open ended prompt to “make a fish” is an installation that embodies the unique qualities of the minds and hands of each individual artist in relation to the space their work will occupy.