June 14, 2017
Systematic Paper, a group exhibition of Kwon Young-woo, Rakuko Naito, and Dorothea Rockburne.
ThisIsPaper.com, 06/14/2017

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Systematic Paper, a group exhibition of Kwon Young-woo, Rakuko Naito, and Dorothea Rockburne.
ThisIsPaper.com, 06/14/2017

Although, all the artists come from very different backgrounds, they speak a common visual language. Dorothea Rockburne is a Canadian artist, drawing inspiration for her art works from very unexpected fields — mathematics and astronomy. She is currently based in New-York. Rakuko Naito was born in Tokyo, but moved to New-York after she graduated from the Tokyo National University of Art in 1958. Fascinated by shapes of nature, along with geometry, Rakuko perceives the natural forms and textures as a great challenge to examine the limits of painting and drawing.

The last one, Kwon Young-woo, was one of the founding figures of Dansaekhwa, the Korean monochrome painting movement of the the 1970s.

All three of them began their careers in the 1960s, when a wave of questioning conventional boundaries between various media had started. Systematic Paper is a beautiful exhibition, composed of astonishing art works, that erase distinctions between painting and sculpture. It is a diverse array of compositions implemented by methodical exploration of the material properties of paper, combining the work of all of them.

The exhibition is on display until June 17 in Tokyo, one of the Blum & Poe gallery’s three locations.

Photograph courtesy of Blum & Poe

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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