April 24-May 9 — World-renowned bamboo sculptor Kenichi Nagakura features his expressive and unique artwork at Intertwined: Bamboo and Stem contemporary art exhibition at the George J. Doizaki Gallery. This exhibit will showcase twenty-eight of Nagakura’s finest early and current work, and is part of the JACCC’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.
Nagakura blends passion and innovation with each sliver of bamboo he plaits into some of the most imaginative art pieces today. Nagakura learned traditional bamboo basketry from his grandfather and worked diligently to master the traditional techniques before breaking away to pursue his innovative style. A recipient of the Cotsen Bamboo Prize in 2000, Nagakura continually strives to elicit the “rhythm and harmony” of the bamboo. His organic sculptural vessels are rooted in tradition but reflect a wide range of influences including Pop Art, the Jomon ceramics from Japan’s pre-historic period, and cord-patterned clay work from the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C.
Intertwined: Bamboo and Stem is a collaborative exhibition featuring a gallery design by JACCC’s Artistic Director Hirokazu Kosaka, who will use wet clay sculpture bases to accentuate Nagakura’s work. The exhibition will also feature the Japanese floral arrangements of Ikenobo, Los Angeles Chapter and Ohara School of Ikebana, Los Angeles Chapter.