Exhibit: Foreign Affairs - Five Artists from Japan, Curated by Chris Nelson
September 8—October 7, 2013, Sun/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri
UMass Amherst Campus
FOREIGN AFFAIRS: FIVE ARTISTS FROM JAPAN
CURATED BY CHRIS NELSON
Hampden Gallery: Open Tuesday - Friday 1-6 PM. Sunday 2-5 PM
ARTIST TALK SCHEDULE:
Hampden Gallery: September 8that 3:30 pm during the opening reception and September 11th, 4:00pm
Marlboro College: September 10th: 3:30
Mount Holyoke College: September 12 at 4:30
Foreign Affairs: Five Artists From Japan, curated by Chris Nelson, includes an exhibition at Hampden Gallery of new works in a range of mediums by visiting Japanese artists: Izuru Mizutani, Masahiro Amano, TANJC, Yoshiaki Kita and Yuriko Yamamoto. Additionally, the artists will conduct a series of gallery talks at Hampden Gallery and at Mt Holyoke College and Marlboro College during their stay in Western Massachusetts. They will discuss their work and give a perspective on being an artist in Japan; speak about Japan’s contemporary art scene; and introduce and discuss Project NoA, an organization created by these individuals that is dedicated to building relationships among artists and arts audiences on an international level.
Curator Chris Nelson first connected with these five artists and Project NoA at the Vermont Studio Center, where he met Izuru Mizutani. Mizutani , on behalf of Project NoA invited Nelson to exhibit in Kyoto. This experience left an indelible mark on Nelson and fueled his desire to take up the cause of Project NoA and to support their intentions and dedication to establish a global network of artists and arts audiences. With Foreign Affairs, Nelson continues this outward expansion and further broadening of Project NoA’s platform of building international relationships. These connections will create and sustain an on-going cycle of international exchange that will enhance the creation, understanding, and appreciation of meaningful contemporary art. It is his desire that through this exhibition and supporting programs that this cycle continues onward into the future where participants may have opportunities to travel to Japan and to participate in projects sponsored by Project NoA.