We are off to Japan to visit with the incredibly prolific sculptor En Iwamura!
About the Visit an Artist Series: Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.
En Iwamura's current research investigates how he can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks. When Iwamura describes the space and scale in his works, he references the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Ma implies meanings of distance, moment, space, relationship, and more. People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves, and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a given moment. Through his work, Iwamura intend to create such an encounter with site-responsive installations, and provide through entering the space, an opportunity for viewers to recognize Ma themselves.
Each visit will be recorded and available to all registered students for 30 days after the event! The purpose of the class recording is to assist the registered student to catch up on information if they have to miss the event as well as to review later. The recordings do not exclude the images or voices of our students thus, there would be serious privacy issues to share or sell downloads of those recordings. The intention is that the recording is a tool to use to experience this event and not to be shared.
Event: Saturday, October 31st, 2020 10am - 11am (EST) via Zoom
Cost: Free for Harvard Undergraduates. $25.00 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Staff and Adult Community.
Note: All classes will meet online using free, accessible applications. Once you have registered for a course, you will receive an email with details on how to access your class via Zoom. In order to participate in these courses, you will need to have access to a computer (or tablet or smartphone) with a camera, and an internet connection. You will need to download Zoom before the first class. New to using Zoom? Here are the specific system requirements needed to run Zoom. Questions? Feel free to email Kathy King, Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist Biography: En Iwamura was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1988. The influence of both parents who are painter, he grew up in artistic environment. After graduating with his BFA and MFA in Craft/Ceramics at the Kanazawa Collage of Art and Craft, he began to be interested in international art world. He considers that the ceramic has the potential of being one of the international languages, which can cross the different cultures, people and countries. Iwamura has been been an Artist in Residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, A.I.R. Vallauris in France, the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China and a Long Term Resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana (US).