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"Kimono As Canvas"
2001-05-11 until 2001-06-10
Cairns Regional Gallery
As in previous years, Cairns Regional Gallery joins the Japan
Week celebrations with a contemporary textile exhibition,
Kimono As Canvas.
Opening on Saturday May 12, Kimono As Canvas features the
work of 13 contemporary fibre and textile artists, of both
Australian and Japanese origins.
An Arts on the Move Touring exhibition Kimono on Canvas,
explores the manipulation of materials in the creation of new and
exciting artworks, utilising the traditional Japanese kimonos at
the actual canvas.
Showcasing the work of 5 Western Australian, 3 Eastern State
and 3 Japanese artists, Kimono As Canvas, also features 13
original Japanese prints from the Edo period (1600-1868).
The prints, 13 traditional woodblock prints, are 18th and 19th
century, publicity shots, produced at the time to promote and
glorify in the glamorous status and stunning costumes of the
courtesans and actors of the day; they can be related to the
promotional photos used by the Hollywood stars of 2001.
The kimono has served as an excellent canvas for the textile
artists featuring this exhibition, which also illustrates the cultural
influences between Australia and Japan in the development of
contemporary textile techniques and design.
Artists featured in Kimono As Canvas include Margaret
Ainscow, Moira Doropoulos, Anne Farren, Wendy Lugg, Patricia
Black, Vivien Haley, Barbara Rogers, Liz Williamson, Keiko
Amenomori, Keiko Kanesaki, Hiroyuki Shindo and Koji Takaki.
Featuring 26 artworks in total, Kimono on Canvas provides
viewers with unique access to significant expressions of
contemporary textile art, within the historical framework of
Kimono As Canvas opens at Cairns Regional Gallery on
Saturday May 12, and will be on display in the Loft Gallery until
June 10th, 2001.