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Bokunen's shows "At Glimmering Dusk"

Date Posted: 2003-06-07

One of Okinawa's best known contemporary artists, Bokunen Naka, will have his unique woodblock prints on exhibit at Bokunen's Art Okinawa gallery on Hwy 58 in Mihama. The exhibit with the theme "At Glimmering Dusk" will run in two parts. The Part I titled "Spirit of the Spider" will run through June 16, and Part II titles "Night Frolics with a Mermaid" from June 18 through July 7. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except closed on Tuesdays.

The titles of the two parts refer to the titles of Bokunen's two new books. They books tell beautiful and romantic stories that take the reader to a mysterious fairyland. Both books are illustrated with Bokunen's own woodblock prints. The artist will also sign books in person on this Saturday and again on July 5.

Artist Bokunen Naka, born in 1953 on Izena Island of Okinawa, is famous for his presentation of Okinawa's nature, beauties and the dynamic powers to heal and revive, repeatedly as the theme of his woodblock printing. His important works, such as "Banshorensa (The Great Chain of Beings)" series and the design of the commemorative stamp of the Global Warming Conference in 1997, abound with this motif. By adopting "Urate Saishoku", the unique technique of woodblock printing, Bokunen expresses his articles vividly, freely and delicately. Bokunen starts his works with prayer. Catching an image through praying, he directly carves the image on a block at a stretch usually within several ten minutes. To "fix" an constantly moving image in the nature requires unusual concentration and speed.

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