Friend of JET’s Japanese Sculpture Opening at the Consulate – 1/26
An art opening and ongoing sculpture exhibit by a solid Friend of JET, Barbara Stevens Strauss, that many of you may be interested in. I have seen Barbara’s work and it’s really beautiful. Flyer attached.
“Under the Cinnamon Moon”: Japanese Inspired Sculpture
by artist Barbara Stevens Strauss
Opening reception and lecture: Thursday, January 26, 6-8 pm
Where: Japan Information Center, 50 Fremont St, Suite 2200, San Francisco
Exhibition Term: Thursday, January 26 through Friday, March 2
Contact: Ethan Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVPs for the opening reception are appreciated; to RSVP please contact Ethan Savage at email@example.com
About the Exhibit
To Stevens Strauss, exhibiting her work at the Consulate represents a kind of artistic “coming home” because the influence of Japanese culture is so central to her particular expression and the deep regard she has for its references, crude though they are. Her
consuming interest in many areas of Japanese artistic expression laid the foundation for what this body of sculpture represents. It is her hope that the sincere regard and heartfelt communion with the Japanese spirit of artistry is apparent when it is viewed in this space, an extension of Japan in America. She says, “We all enjoy and appreciate the beauty of Cinnamon Moon, regardless of the point on the globe from which it is viewed.”
About the Artist
Stevens Strauss first received formal studio training with abstract expressionist Vera Klement at the University of Chicago. While living in Florida, creating ceramic sculpture using the Raku method of firing became a consuming interest. After relocating to Oakland in 2003, she continued her ikebana studies with the Bay Area Riji Soho Sakai, and obtained her teacher’s certificate from Sogestu Keikan in Tokyo. While looking for a Soto Zen sangha in the area, she found a small Japanese temple in Rockridge called Kojin-an, of which she is a long-time member. She also became a tea ceremony student of its owner, Yoshie Akiba, in the Omotesenke School. These associations, recently including the study of shodo, have greatly influenced her work.