Bends But Does Not Break: Opening Reception
$ free
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday, April 14, 2017

Japanese katagami stencil-Katina HustonImage: Japanese katagami stencil, Edo period (1615–1868). From collection of Katina Huston

Strength and flexibility depicted in Japanese design interpreted by contemporary artists.

K Gallery and artist/curator Katina Huston have invited artists across disciplines to respond to a classical form and concept in Japanese design; Bamboo. As a symbol of resilience, the plant “bends but does not break” and is equated with human fortitude. Artists will respond to a pattern of bamboo design found in Katagami, the fine craft of antique Japanese fabric stencils.

Katina Huston: drawing and fiber arts
Dickson Schneider: painting and mixed media
Takeshi Moro: conceptual photography
Kaori Yamashita: sculpture
BlinkPopShift: holographic sculpture

April 14th 6-9:00pm – Opening night reception only
“Would you like to see an invisible sculpture?”.
BlinkPopShift has created a performance structure for the audience to interact with an invisible sculpture via a transparent display worn on the head. Individually, audience members will get to see the invisible and their act of looking will reveal the size and position of the sculpture to the rest of us. Using this scaffold our bodies become what is seen, what bends but does not break.

Katagami Workshop | April 30 11am-12:30pm
A lecture and demonstration with Katina Huston on the history and fine craft of Katagami stencils with the opportunity for participants to print and take home their own fabric print of antiquity. Cost: $25
Click here to register

Artist Bios

Exhibition Dates: April 4–May 7, 2017
Second Friday Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 6–9 pm
Where: K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda
Gallery Hours: Wed 6 pm–9 pm, during events, and by appointment