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DECEMBER ARTALK: Artistic Expressions First Thursday ArTalk December 1, 2005 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

DECEMBER ARTALK: Artistic Expressions First Thursday ArTalk December 1, 2005 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

How do we express what we see and feel? How do we communicate our innermost thoughts, desires and concerns? These are the kinds of questions we all grapple with, and artists use their respective media to explore how we express ourselves. On Thursday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m., Artists-in-Residence Zachary Hamilton, Young-Min Kang and Kyoko Tokumaru discuss their own personal creative approaches during the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art’s First Thursday ArtTalk. As always, this event is free and the public is warmly invited to attend.

Zachary Hamilton’s recent body of work focuses on the creation of personal myth objects rooted in the archetypes of the unconscious. The artist creates objects derived from his memory and associations made between past events and places in his life. He is also venturing beyond the personal to examine universally familiar themes, symbols and objects. Hamilton earned his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Mercer University in Macon, GA and the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Hamilton has additionally worked as Assistant Preparator at the Cranbrook Art Museum in MI as well as a studio assistant for the UGA Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy.
He spent the past summer as a resident artist at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ.

Young-Min Kang earned an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas in Austin and a BFA in Painting from Seoul National University, Korea. A veteran of numerous solo and group shows, Kang has worked as a drawing instructor at the Seoul National University of Technology as well as the Seoul Women’s University. The artist blends sculpture and photography to create complex installations that transform both objects and images captured from digital media, architecture or cultural phenomena. Kang is interested in expanding the limits of a particular media through changing the format of the information. For example, in his digital prints, he emphasizes pixels by lowering the image resolution and transporting the processed images into an actual space either as installations or as 3D objects. Similarly, highway road maps can be reinterpreted and transformed as 3D human body structures or a tangled web of Asian noodles.

Kyoko Tokumaru’s porcelain plants blossom forth with restrained energy, her spikylances and unfurling fronds forming fantastical botanical creations. The artist begins with slabs of clay and then constructs them to create work rooted in existential explorations. In this regard, Tokumaru notes that her spatial expressions allow her to travel deep inside herself. Describing the experience as “an accumulation of texture,” she explains that she can feel her inner emotions being transferred into the clay through the touch of her hands. Tokumaru holds both a BFA and MFA in ceramics from Tama Art University,
Tokyo. She has received the Japan Agency for Cultural Affaires Fellowship as well as the Izushi Porcelain Award Bronze-Prix. A veteran of numerous solo and group exhibitions, the artist has shown her ceramic sculptures internationally, and her work is included in several public collections, including the Mino Contemporary Ceramic Art Museum in Japan and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

These three artists all express themselves in entirely unique ways. Please join us at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts during the first Thursday in December and learn about how they use art to communicate, articulate and explore.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
12th and Leavenworth
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