Untitled, Dango, 2010

Jun Kaneko, Yutaka, 2010, glazed ceramic, 84 x 28 1/2 x 18 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Dirk Bakker

Untitled, 2003

Jun Kaneko, Untitled, 2003, sumi ink, oil stick on Korean rice paper, 66 x 55 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Untitled, Painting 2009

Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Painting, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 114 x 86 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Takashi Hatakeyama

Untitled, Heads, 2013

Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Heads, 2013, hand built and glazed ceramics, Left 103 x 55 x 48 in. Right 104 x 59 x 48 in. Collection of John Novak. Photography by Colin Conces

Untitled, 1995

Jun Kaneko, Untitled, 1995, oil stick on paper, 44 x 64 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Splitting Red, 1996

Jun Kaneko, Splitting Red, 1996, 60 x 46 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Untitled, 2016

Jun Kaneko, Parallel Sound Yellow, 1981, machine-made glazed ceramic bars, 84 x 144 x 72 in., produced at Otsuka Ceramics Factory, Shigaraki Japan, © Jun Kaneko Studio L.L.C.

Untitled, Painting, 1998

Jun Kaneko, Bouquet, 1998, acrylic on canvas, 66 1/2 x 85 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines

February 17, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

"Think of the qualities that should pervade the work of a great artist.

They'd include generosity, wit, playfulness, a keen ability to communicate visually and speak through materials, and the capacity to add something new to the conversation instead of producing rehash.

You'll find all of those merits in the art of Jun Kaneko, a Japanese-American ceramist and painter based in Omaha, Nebraska whose largely abstract creations are the subject of a big, enveloping and instantly likeable exhibition that opens today at the Akron Art Museum." —Steven Litt, Cleveland Plain Dealer


"See Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines not only for the work, but for how well the exhibit has been installed at the Akron Art Museum and how the colorful, vibrant and meaningful works make this resource for our community shine like the important place it is."—Anderson Turner, Akron Beacon Journal


Among the most acclaimed artists working in contemporary ceramics today, Jun Kaneko has spent decades pushing the boundaries of ceramics, sculpture and painting, repeatedly blurring the lines that have traditionally separated the world of fine art and craft. Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines, opening February 17, 2018, presents an array of the artist’s monumental works while providing insight into his thinking and artistic process. Informed by early experiences in a Zen Garden at Ryōan-ji in Kyoto, Japan, Kaneko’s work contains ongoing references to rhythm and pattern and sound and silence. His artworks are often covered with stripes, simple geometric shapes, and spirals and dots, suggesting opposing but complementary forces of light and darkness, mass and space and present and past.

Central to Kaneko’s artistic exploration is a sense of play and experimentation, which drives his restless creativity. His large-scale hand-built ceramic sculptures—both “dangos” and heads—often exceed seven feet in height and weigh thousands of pounds. Blurred Lines is not a typical exhibition of Kaneko’s works. While it features the artist’s signature ceramic dangos, sculptures, drawings and paintings, the exhibition also includes atypical works by Kaneko that highlight his ability to create monumental works that uniquely define the space around them. Many of the works in Blurred Lines are drawn from the artist's private collection and represent transformational works in his over 50-year career.

Blurred Lines was conceived—both in the selection of works and their arrangement in the galleries—as an experiential journey. By minimizing wall texts, the exhibition is intended to offer an uninterrupted and free-flowing art experience.

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funds from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Media sponsorship by ideastream®.
 

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Related Links:

[ Steven Litt, Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Akron Art Museum celebrates lyrical abstractions of Jun Kaneko in show opening today" ] [ Anderson Turner, Akron Beacon Journal, "Massive Works, Massive Talent on Display in Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines" ] [ Eliza R. Williams, The Devil Strip, "On Exhibit | 'Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines' at the Akron Art Museum" ]

Last Look Tour Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines

June 2, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join John S. Knight Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka for a Last Look tour of Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines.  

Last Look Tour Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines

June 2, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join John S. Knight Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka for a Last Look tour of Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines. 

Highlighting transformational moments throughout Kaneko’s five-decade career, the exhibition includes several large-scale ceramic sculptures, drawings, paintings and a site-specific installation of his 65-foot-long painting, Mirage. Blurred Lines also represents the first Akron Art Museum exhibition curated by Masuoka, who drew on a nearly 35-year relationship with the artist—Masuoka's mentor and friend—to create the exhibition. 

Free for members / Free with regular gallery admission for non-members. Registration is required. Register online using the link / button below. Space is limited!

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Sculpture Workshop with Kristen Cliffel

May 24, 2018, 6:30 pm

Explore color, pattern and surface in the artwork of Jun Kaneko with sculptor and Akron Art Museum collection artist Kristen Cliffel. 

Sculpture Workshop with Kristen Cliffel

May 24, 2018, 6:30 pm

Explore color, pattern and surface in the artwork of Jun Kaneko with sculptor and Akron Art Museum collection artist Kristen Cliffel. Tour the galleries and create a patterned paper sculpture of your own, experimenting with surface.

$5 members/$10 non-member. Register online using the link / button below. 

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