“Fiber Futures” Pioneers of Japanese Textile Art

“Fiber Futures” Pioneers of Japanese Textile Art, is an exhibit consisting of the 30 most important contemporary artists who make up the vanguard of the global fiber movement. Tissues  become sculptures, paintings; creating abstract meditations of nature, artists use unexpected combinations of materials and shapes, interpreting personal identity and memory issues. Materials ranging from silk, cotton or hemp to paper pulp and synthetic fiber, use deeply traditional methods but also use the latest technologies in weaving and in dyeing with environmental awareness, creating works that blend the past and present and are innovative, beautiful and provocative. Not only does it reflect the fecundity of the artistic Japanese tradition, but it also talks about the capacity of resistance and ingenuity of the Japanese people to reuse the past in order to give shape to a future

The exhibition is curated by a prestigious jury, promoted by Hiroko Watanabe of the N.P.O International Textile Network Japan, directed in Spain by María Ortega, coordinated by Amalia Campos and Imelda Fernandez of the Organization World Textile Art and the Complutense University of Madrid. It is included in the official programming of the Dual year between Spain/Japan 2013-2014 in commemoration of 400 years of Japanese Exchange this event form part of the itinerant program being developed from 2011 to 2015 in the following cities Tokyo (Japan), New York (USA), San Francisco (USA), Helsinki (Finland), Frederiksværk (Denmark), Madrid (Spain), Guimarães (Portugal) and Paris (France). It also has a parallel program that includes workshops and conferences.

The participating artists: Machiko Agano, Mitsuko Akutsu, Junichi Arai, Tomoko Arakawa, Tetsuo Fujimoto, Dai Fujiwara, Akio Hamatani, Kyoko Ibe, Kiyomi Iwata, Yasuko Iyanaga, Naomi Kobayashi, Kinya Koyama, Shigeo Kubota, Kyoko Kumai, Akiko Kumazawa, Tetsuo Kusama, Hitomi Nagai, Emiko Nakano,  Yuh Okano, Fuminori Ono, Kazuyo Onoyama, Rei Saito, Hisako Sekijima, Naoko Serino, Reiko Sudo, Hideho Tanaka, Takaaki Tanaka, Misao Tsubaki, Atsuko Yoshioka, Hiroko Watanabe.

Tanaka Takaaki Nest Flowers – Mulberry Kozo fiber, linen, iron, individual technique.   82

Tanaka Takaaki
Nest Flowers – Mulberry Kozo fiber, linen, iron, individual technique.
82″ x 75″ x 16″

 

Ivanaga Yasuko –  A Gift From Sea- Air X - Pun silk and wire, tie-dyed.   51

Ivanaga Yasuko –
A Gift From Sea- Air X – Pun silk and wire, tie-dyed.
51″ x 51″ x 20″

 

Agano Machiko Untitled – Five printed pieces on inkjet printer, sheet-mirror.    98

Agano Machiko
Untitled – Five printed pieces on inkjet printer, sheet-mirror.
98″ x 39″