January 26 - April 20, 2019
Spiritual Material: A Survey of Work by Kenzi Shiokava
Los Angeles-based, Brazilian-born Japanese sculptor and assemblage artist Kenzi Shiokava (Otis MFA '74) has been making work for over fifty years. His totemic wooden sculptures are carved from discarded and found natural materials, while his assemblages are reanimated objects - ephemera from previous lives. Shiokava's work seeks to manifest the spiritual aspects of natural and man-made materials through a physical reshaping. In the artist's own words:
"Archeology makes the mind wonder and bring an appealing emotion as well as understanding, and an indelible mystery of presence. From it’s very process I find inspiration. For any discarded material that has gone through the process of history and humanization is the potential of presence, not only physical but also spiritual. I feel in them the mystery of history and seek to bring out the spiritual essence and presence inherent in such materials."