Sankeien translates to English as three scene garden and characterizes both Japanese gardens in Yokohama and San Diego with water, pastoral, and mountain features that offer inspiring sceneries and unique finds. Submitting artists are encouraged to pace themselves during their stroll in JFG, take note of aesthetics, and share their experiences in JFG through still images.
Selected artists will have their printed work exhibited at JFG’s Exhibit Hall and digitally on JFG’s website from July 27-Octber 28, 2018 with an opening reception on July 26, 2018.
San Diego State University's Richard Keely will be helping produce the next exhibit in the Inamori Pavilion! Mr. Keely has 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.
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.
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.
Both Sammy Seung-min Lee and Kazu Oba bring their native traditions to contemporary art forms. Lee practices Joomchi, a technique from Korea that manipulates and felts mulberry paper. Oba practices traditional Japanese ceramic pattern and gravitates more towards utsuwa. Utsuwa translates to vessel in English and Oba considers his vessels incomplete until they are properly used.
JFG is excited to introduce the work of Jean Shen, a Master Chinese Brush Painter, and her students. Ink brush painting was born during the Tang Dynasty in China and developed rapidly in the Son Dynasty. It arrived in Japan during the Kamakura period. Artists express their concepts of nature and emotion through brush painting. Jean conveyed “Chinese brush painting and calligraphy is a dance without using your feet, but rather with the bamboo brush in hand.” The artists express their joy, rhythm, and vitality on rice paper. The exhibit captures the creativity and joy of the garden through its illustration of flowers, birds, and koi.
The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is honored to present “Landscape in the Memory", an exhibition for Shuichi Hashimoto who is an artist and graphic designer based in Osaka, Japan. Hashimoto's work is centered on illustration, photography and installation. On display in the JFG's Exhibition Hall, will be Hashimoto's digital recreations of landscapes that he encountered during his journey of seeking unimaginable landscapes that keep him fascinated.
Scary! Kowai! We invite you to join us in celebrating the mysterious, weird, and horrific - yet humorous and adorable - world of yokai! Yokai is the Japanese word to describe a set of supernatural creatures, demons, and monsters originating from Japanese folklore. Learn of their origins and view diverse representation of their roots in various art forms.
Ethan Snow's 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, ceramics elements, and pieces by attendants from the opening reception.