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Exhibition approaches art with eye on reality

Date Posted: 2012-06-15

A new art exhibition has opened at the Cotonoha Artspace + Café, zeroing in on reality through a series of contemporary and abstract painted wooden panels.

Named “Fused In Actuality”, the exhibition featuring Erin Schalk and Yuina Chinen delves into the mind of each artist, and then combines for the exhibition concept “Fused in Actuality”. Schalk’s panels accent “the flowing and organic style of my current artwork,” she says, “and emphasize the formal elements of color and line, using an overlay of sculpted metal and a wax web that covers parts of the painting in a manner reminiscent of sculpture.”

Schalk sees the painting focusing “closely on the idea of regaining what’s been lost, what is triune and genuine but has been masked an altered, and therefore is now unclear.” What makes the painting unique, she says, is that “the pure, unmasked painting will not be visible to viewers from any angle, as they will be forced to view the image through a filter of sculpture and shadow as they try to imagine what lies behind these barriers.” Schalk’s an American who graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a major in studio art.

Chinen takes a different perspective, imagining that life comes from seeds and that from ancient times, all life forms evolve from seeds. Her work focuses strongly on form and texture, using three-dimensional materials such as wood, metal and cement. Her choices of muted colors with only subtle color variations to minimize distractions, set up different surface qualities. Chinen was born in Okinawa and is a graduate of the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, focusing on drawing and oil painting.

The combined concept brings fusion, a synonym for Yuina’s concept of connect: to join or blend into a single entity. The two ladies have incorporated non-traditional materials known for their physicality, like metal wire, wood, cement and wax. They’ve taken the traditional three-dimensional media forms and transposed them onto or within the spaces of a painted panel.

The “Fused in Actuality” exhibition runs through July 22nd. Cotonoha Artspace + Café is open daily 6 p.m. ~ 11 p.m. Cotonoha is in Akamichi, Ginowan City, on Highway 330. Coming from Camp Foster’s Legion Gate, turn right onto Highway 330, and follow the route to the left at Futenma Shrine intersection. Cotonoha is on the right, about 2.7 kilometers from Futenma Shrine across the street from Idemitsu gasoline stand. Limited free parking is available in front of Cotonoha Artspace + Café.

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