Opening Tuesday, July 9th, from 6PM - 8PM
On view through Sunday, July 28th
CREATIVE COMMUNITY: ARTIST TALK & WORKSHOP BY ODA HEKIUN
Join Chicago-based master calligrapher Hekiun Oda for a beginner shodo (Japanese calligraphy) workshop. Learn the basics and history of this art form, in this hands-on workshop presented by AIRMW in tandem with the show “思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought” featuring Oda’s solo works.
Hekiun Oda is Chicago’s premier practitioner of Shodo (traditional Japanese calligraphy) was born in Kobe City, Japan, a municipality which was known at that time for a large concentration of shodo masters. Oda began studying shodo at the age of 5 under Goun Katsura, himself a master. Oda moved to Chicago in 1990, and has held exhibitions and demonstrations at various venues, including the Japanese Culture Center Chicago and McHenry County College. In 2009, he established the Oda Japanese Calligraphy School and has taught over 100 students. Oda obtained a “Shihan” – the highest rank in shodo – in Nov. 2011 from Genshinkai, an association of calligraphers in Japan.
Full Schedule of Events: CHICAGOBIHIRO.ORG
Gallery Hours: WED-SUN: 1:00-8:00 PM, additional hours by appointment.
Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW) presents a Chicago/Obihiro Exchange Project special event – “思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought,” a three-week exhibition featuring artists from Japan and Chicago to facilitate dialogue about the artistic and intellectual approach of post-war, new immigrant generations of Japanese within the context of contemporary art.
Presented in collaboration with the Tokachi International Cultural Exchange Center in Obihiro, Japan; and Hairpin Arts Center.
“思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought” will open with a one week solo presentation of Chicago-based calligrapher Oda Hekiun, followed by a two-person presentation of Obihiro artists Daisaku Ueno and Masanori Umeda. Sound artist Hiroshi Mehata also joins the roster to record an album incorporating the local soundscape of the Tokachi area. AIRMW artists Kioto Aoki and Kiyomi Negi-Tran will be exhibiting works created during their June 2019 residency in Obihiro/Tokachi region of Hokkaido, Japan.
Throughout the three weeks, AIRMW will also present a variety of public presentations: artists talks, calligraphy and tea ceremony workshops, performances by Tsukasa Taiko, Shubukai, and Toyoaki Shamisen; and local performance artists and musicians of the Japanese diaspora.
7/9 Creative Community: Artist Talk & Workshop by Oda Hekiun
7/12 Collaborative Performance by: Oda Hekiun & Fujima Yoshinojo
7/13 Origami Workshop
7/16 Creative Community: Ueno Daisaku, Umeda Masanori, & Mehata Hiroshi
7/18 In Conversation with “The Tokyo Show: Black and Brown Are Beautiful”
7/19 Tsukasa Taiko + Opening Celebration
7/19 Tatsu Aoki’s New Japan Ensemble at Elastic Arts
7/20 Japanese Tea Ceremony Presentation
7/20 Koto Presentation
7/20 Tatsu Aoki’s New Japan Ensemble at Elastic Arts
7/22 Jazz & Electronics: Mai Sugimoto & Kiku Hibino
7/24 In Conversation with Obihiro at Hyde Park Art Center
7/25 Handmade Soba Demonstration at JASC
7/26 Fourth Friday at Hairpin Arts: Naoki Nakatani, Mitsu Salmon, Hiroshi Mehata
7/27 Closing Reception & Final Remarks: Kioto Aoki & Kiyomi Negi
Chicago Obihiro Exchange is a program of AIRMW and is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, CDH. P.C, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Joyce Foundation.