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February 13 - April 5, 2014
Artist Talk: Kouseki Ono and Katsutoshi Yuasa
Wednesday, March 12, 7pm
Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702

Join us for the first Approaching Zero artist talk with Kouseki Ono and Katsutoshi Yuasa on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 pm.

Approaching Zero - At the Frontier of Contemporary Printmaking features work by Miguel A. Aragón (Mexico/USA), Stella Ebner (NY, USA), Zarina Hashmi (India/USA), Walter Jule (Canada), Kouseki Ono (Japan), and Katsutoshi Yuasa (Japan). Delving into the medium of printmaking, this exhibition investigates artists who incorporate various systematic printmaking methods while pushing the boundaries of print-based work. These artists all share a common strategy or characteristic: they master a particular printmaking technique as a foundation and then go to the very limits of their own system. Despite their machine-like systematic labor, we see unique distortions and textures created by the human hand.

Kouseki Ono creates multiple miniature cylinders using a silkscreen method. He hand-draws dots on his screen and prints this screen over and over to make 100 layers of ink. Ono combines these cylinders in various ways to create wall and floor installations, and sculpture pieces. The colors of the surface change depending on where the viewer stands and the effect is astonishing. Ono received his MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts and currently lives and works in Saitama, Japan. His work has been exhibited in various venues such as Art Front Gallery, Yoseido Gallery and Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo, Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art in Okayama, Bates College Museum of Art, and more.

Katsutoshi Yuasa creates large-scale photographic woodcut prints with detailed textures. He digitally processes a photographic image and transfers it on a wood panel, and then hand carves the image. It's a time consuming process. He says "I become a lens and start seeing the (photographic) subject. This is sometimes like a meditation. Because I strongly look for something pure, to the contrary impurities overflows from bottom of myself. My artwork is full of impurities." Yuasa received his MFA from Royal College of Art, London. His work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as Yokohama Museum of Art, Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany; Artify Gallery, Hong Kong China; ISE Cultural Foundation, New York; Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo and more. He is currently a lecturer at Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. There will be a second Approaching Zero artist talk with Miguel A. Aragón and Walter Jule on Friday, March 28 at 2pm during the Bridges SGCI Conference 2014 - Kala Open House. For more information about SGCI Conference:

The Approaching Zero exhibition is generously supported with a grant from The Japan Foundation.

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