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Garden Museum Sorra broadens your horizons with works of Folzenlogen

By: Marie W. Conway

Date Posted: 1998-10-18

More often than not, we don't take the time to reflect on the differences and similarities between Japan and the U.S., but artist Tim Folzenlogen poignantly expresses them through his work. You will not want to miss Garden Museum Sorra's exhibition of the works of this very talented artist from October 17th through November 8th.

Sorra's also has a serene Japanese garden, where you can meditate and let your thoughts wander after admiring the art. Yoko Higa, president of the museum, said they hold exhibitions once every 2-3months on various artists. The museum displays the works of foreign artists' only and the majority of them are from Paris. Some of the artists include Michel de Gallard, Bernard Gantner, Pierre Boncompani, Rene Genis, Gilbert Michaud and M.E. Sarthou.

Tim Folzenlogen was born in 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Cincinnati Art Academy in 1974. Folzenlogen's wife is Japanese, hence his sincere interest in the Japanese culture. Though his early work is of New York City, he began to focus on Tokyo and Okinawa after several visits. Folzenlogen's art focuses on growth, especially spiritual, which he believes to be the purpose of physical life. "Physical life came from the sea...Japan is surrounded by the sea." Folzenlogen feels Japan's unchanging traditions can be attributed to the sea because the sea isolated the people away from external influence. For so many years now with all of the travel and communication between the other countries, you can slowly see the traditions being broken down. He said his works of Okinawa are about nature's water, sky and greenery, whereas, his inspiration in New York City comes from concrete and steel--the accomplishments of man. As for his recent New York paintings, which are mainly building facades, are optimistic because they depicted from the ground upward. Folzenlogen comments that most of them begin in shadow and then are gradually brought into light, which often stands for "ignorance into enlightenment. Many incorporate fire escape ladders which symbolize the quest to grow. Each floor, each level represents a higher level of understanding." These are only a few of the interesting insights he makes in his book, New Yorker in Japan. The book contains pictures of his work as well as his thoughts and personal interpretations. In both Japanese and English, it is sold in the museum for 1000. Approximately 50-60 of Folzenlogen's paintings will be for sale throughout the exhibition period.

Garden Museum Sorra is open from 11-7 P.M., Tuesday-Sunday. Directions: Heading north on 58 toward Kadena, take a right onto 23. Just past Eagle Lodge under the overpass, take a right (on the same street as Yoshi's). Almost immediately, you'll see it on the left before CO-OP. You can park to the right of the Garden Museum. Tel.#098-936-0170.

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