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."
Kenzi Shiokava, installation view, À Cris Ouverts, 6th edition of Les Ateliers de Rennes - Contemporary Art Biennale, 2018. Photo: Aurélien Mole
Generation: 100 years of work by Otis College Alumni
On the occasion of Otis College’s Centennial celebration, Generation is a group exhibition of selected works by notable alumni spanning the 1920s - 2010s. Generation offers a glimpse into both the range of artists who attended Otis College, as well as work that has come to represent a specific historical moment, focus, and aesthetic engagement. While the exhibition brings together artists working within diverse histories, places and experiences, each work has a relationship to the present. Generation is a nod to artistic process, as well as the 100 years of artists’ work sharing space in the Ben Maltz Gallery.