Wednesday, December 03, 2008

EXHIBITION/WORKSHOP: Enso Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition/Demonstration (November-February)

Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition
By Noriko Maeda

November 25, 2008 - February 26, 2009

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
131 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor 416.966.1600

Special Demonstrations by Noriko Maeda

Friday, December 5 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Saturday, January 10 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

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Enso is a symbolic shape in Japanese Calligraphy. It is simply a circle, however, every circle reflects the uniqueness of the creator. In Zen Buddhism, it is said that Enso exposes the absolute truth and symbolizes enlightenment and the universe. The painting of an Enso is an expression of the moment and reveals the spirit of the artist. The strength of the line, its splashes, rugged bumps and seamless flow are all filled with subtle, yet complex, nuances. As no two creators are alike, the same lines resonate differently to its viewers.

This exhibition presents the work of Calligraphy artist, Noriko Maeda, and highlights the versatility, universality and depth of the circle through both contemporary and traditional approaches to Japanese Calligraphy. A range of work including large-scale scrolls, lampshade designs and installations will be exhibited.

In addition, twenty-two of Ms. Maeda's personal friends from diverse professional backgrounds, including Arriz Hassam (3rd Uncle Design Inc), Guy and Michael Rubino (Rain Restaurant) and Suzu Chiba (Olympic Swimmer) will display their interpretations of the Enso as part of the exhibition.

About the Artist:

Noriko Maeda is a Japanese calligraphy artist whose work has been exhibited across Japan and Canada. She has collaborated on designs for companies including Paramount Pictures, Fujitsu and CSI Inc., Sekisui Haimu Inc., Tokyu Dentsu Inc., Mitsui Fudosan (Mitsui Real Estate). She established Kuran no Kai in 1982 to further the study and teaching of Japanese calligraphy and is currently the organizer of Shodo Canada.


Gallery Hours
Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday Openings: December 6, January 10 & February 7, Noon - 5:00 PM

Closed: Other Saturdays and Sundays, December 22 - January 2, February 16


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