Homare Ikeda Gallery Artist Talk
April 7, 2016 12:15-1:00pm
White Cube Gallery at Nalanda Campus – 6287 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO 80302
Naropa University & William Havu Gallery are honored to present Homare Ikeda’s paintings and drawings in the exhibition entitled “ん” from March 3 – April 15, 2016 in the White Cube and Nalanda Galleries on the Nalanda Campus (6287 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO). ん is one of Japanese hiragana alphabetical letters but is neither vowel nor consonant, and it is the last letter in addition to all other hiragana letters. Homare clarifies his title for this show, “ん？” means questioning yourself, and “ん⤵︎” means “yes,” and “ん→” means “let me see.” ん can be different meanings depending on its intonations”. Being an abstract painter, he explores his vision in a wide range of media such as painting, printmaking, and drawing to mixed media on paper. Homare Ikeda was born in Yoron Island, a small subtropical island near Okinawa, Japan. He spent his childhood exploring the island and the coral reefs surrounding it. He writes, “I used to sit on the white sand beach where I could watch the horizon. Whenever a ship approached the island, I imagined the people and things I hadn’t seen in the world beyond the ocean. I dreamed of becoming a sailor”.
Visual Arts Adjunct Faculty Member, Jill Powers, is currently exhibiting at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Her show Holdfast: Seaweeds in a Time of Oceanic Change is currently in the Dairy’s McMahon Gallery until April 3.
This installation exhibition explores the beauty and ecology of seaweeds through contemporary art and science. Education is at the heart of this exhibition which explores the critical role seaweeds play in ocean ecosystems during times of environmental change.
Jill Powers has created a visionary show, full of the sounds, movement, tastes, and vivid presence of the ocean including: video of an underwater kelp forest, seaweed-tasting station; a wall of diatom forms, salt encrusted art, luminous bull kelp sculptures and more. Art pieces will focus on themes such as: ocean upwellings, seaweed traditional harvesting, microscopic views of phytoplankton, kelp forests, seaweed holdfasts and tidal action, and more. The art will address ocean temperatures, acidification, the ocean food web, plastics in the ocean, and invasive species.
Why all this attention here in Colorado to seaweeds? The focus on ocean ecology is central to our planet’s environment in a time of great stresses on the oceans. Kelp beds are the rainforests of the sea, scrubbing carbon and producing oxygen. They are an overlooked and critically important part of ocean life. Seaweeds, along with phytoplankton create from 50 to 70% of our planet’s atmosphere!
Seaweed is recently being referred to as the new superfood- loaded with minerals, and preventative for disease. Culinary-wise it adds strong umami flavor and can be used in dishes all across the menu. It is recently being hailed as the “new kale”. Seaweed snacks are making a huge hit in the natural foods market. Seaweed farming is a new occupation for many fishermen who have lost their livelihood, and for indigenous coastal residents needing a source of income worldwide.
Seaweeds, when seen fresh in their underwater environment, are incredibly beautiful and fascinating! The show is called Holdfast, which is named after the part of the seaweed that anchors it, even in the turbulence of the tidal surf- a metaphor for our times- Hold fast to what is important during turbulent times, staying both flexible and strong.
Jill Powers is a contemporary installation artist who works with the aesthetics and science of ecosystems. A trip to the Pacific Northwest seacoast sparked an intense interest in changes occurring in oceanic environments. The experience of kayaking through a kelp bed led to research about the subject of seaweeds and visiting ocean habitats to learn more. Her life long love of the ocean, and the beauty and captivating details of seaweed ecology drew her to create the work in this exhibition.
Jill works extensively with natural materials, including kozo- a fibrous plant material that she works by hand in a wet stage to shape into her art, perfect for creating the fluid seaweed forms. Jill also appreciates the culinary benefits of seaweeds, and has been cooking with seaweeds for 25 years.
Jill is an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University’s Visual Art Department. She founded the course in Eco Art, teaches Ephemeral Art, and specializes on unusual natural materials. Her previous eco-themes have included ecological issues with bark beetles and western forests, and silkworms and insect life. She has exhibited nationally, and teaches workshops that feature unusual natural materials as art mediums.
Don’t miss world renowned Commedia dell’arte artist Antonio Fava
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
7:30 pm – Saturday, March 12 at the Naropa Performing Arts Center
ArscomicA, Naropa University School of the Arts & University of Colorado Boulder’s Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities and Theater and Dance Department Present the US premier of:
This past weekend brought the start of the MFA Theatre: Conemporary Performance program’s thesis productions.
By Any Other Name
by Teresa Veramendi
A fully embodied, ritual enactment of difference and equanimity, By Any Other Name is a collaboratively devised, interactive, multilingual performance by an international cast. Dig into words with us, and watch them burn in the most awfully beautiful rainbows.
Siren’s Fury Playlist
by Leslie Grasa & Stephanie Wilbert
A musical about finding solid footing.
A woman embarks on a dream-like journey to the Underworld to find…well, she’s not exactly sure what she’s looking for yet she’s pretty sure she’ll know it when she sees it…pretty sure…. Whatever it is, it will end all her suffering and pain and, once she finds it, she knows her life will forever be rainbows and roses. With the help of a mysterious Guide (who may have ulterior motives), she soon realizes that, in order to complete her quest, she must face the Demons of the underworld who confront her with an old story of disability, physical pain, loss and grief. What will she do when going forward to claim her prize means facing her deepest fears, while going back means letting them continue to control her as they have her entire life?
Stay tuned for information about upcoming thesis performances!
BUS STOP TO BARDO CAPTURING THE LIMINAL
By Jor-El Zajatz (Visual Arts Instructor at Naropa)
March 7 – April 17, 2106
Paramita Gallery/Paramita Campus/3285 30th Street, Boulder, CO
Naropa University is honored to showcase the photography of Jor-El Zajatz in the upcoming exhibit BUS STOP TO BARDO CAPTURING THE LIMINAL. Join us for the opening reception Monday, March 7th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. This powerful showcase will be held at Naropa University Paramita Campus in the Paramita Gallery, 3285 30th Street, Boulder, Colorado. Jor-El has been a photographer for 15 years, double majored in Psychology and Visual Art at Naropa University, and continually experiments with the interplay of psychology and art.
Jor-El Zajatz is a photographer whose work explores the relationship of the human psyche to the environment. The exhibit, Bus Stop to Bardo, presents three series that explore the human connection to the environment and how awareness of transitional states can provide the opportunity to either form a deeper connection to with our world or create tension from imposition of our agenda.
- Everyday Spirituality asks the question, how you connect with your spirituality on a daily basis. Through the use of triptych photography, the series shows how five people connect to their world and transcend their sense of self.
- Inner Nature explores the relationship formed when one connects deeply with a landscape that calls to them and serves as a tranquil place to return to no matter where one finds themselves.
- Free-Range Geometry works with the tension that arises when natural form within an environment is challenged through constructing artificial geometry into those landscapes.
Jor-El is a freelance photographer who has worked with clients on a variety of projects ranging from websites to weddings. His photography has been featured on websites such as National Geographic and Outward Bound. When not taking on freelance clients, Jor-El is working as adjunct faculty in the Visual Arts Department of Naropa University teaching photography. For more information about the exhibition contact: Charmain Schuh at email@example.com or 303-245-4637.
Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charmain Schuh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-546-3549.
Naropa University & William Havu Gallery
March 3 – April 15, 2016
Meet the Artist Reception: March 3 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Artist Talk: April 7, 2016 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: M-F from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Naropa University & William Havu Gallery are honored to present Homare Ikeda’s paintings and drawings in the exhibition entitled “ん” from March 3 – April 15, 2016 in the White Cube and Nalanda Galleries on the Nalanda Campus (6287 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO). Meet the Artist reception on March 3rd from 5:30-8:00 p.m. with refreshments and appetizers. Gallery hours: M-F from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ん is one of Japanese hiragana alphabetical letters but is neither vowel nor consonant, and it is the last letter in addition to all other hiragana letters. Homare explains his title for this show, “ “ん？” means questioning yourself and “ん⤵︎“ means “yes,” and ”ん→” means “let me see.” ん can be different meanings depending on its intonations”. Being an abstract painter, he explores his vision in a wide range of media such as painting, printmaking, drawing to mixed media on paper.
Homare Ikeda was born in Yoron Island, a small subtropical island near Okinawa, Japan. He spent his childhood exploring the island and the coral reefs surrounding it. He writes, “I used to sit on the white sand beach where I could watch the horizon. Whenever a ship approached the island, I imagined the people and things I hadn’t seen in the world beyond the ocean. I dreamed of becoming a sailor”. In 1978, he moved to the United States. He received BFA and MFA from University of Colorado at Boulder. He is now surrounded by mountains but longs for the bottom of the ocean – his works are filled with both of these environments.
Join us in the White Cube Gallery on Thursday, April 7th for an intimate talk with Homare about his life and creativity from 12:15-1:30 p.m. For more information contact email@example.com or 303-245-4637.
Enjoy these student films from Fall 2015′s course Writing 344 – Literature Seminar: Shakespeare.
Naropa Visual Arts Professor, Gina Adams, was recently appointed as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. Earlier this month, she presented at the annual conference of the College Art Association. You can read more about her presentation here.