Gallery 221 Presents Akiko Kotani: Soft Walls
Utilizing women’s work as a metaphor for what can be deemed inconsequential, Kotani creates large-scale, site-specific installations that juxtapose the insignificant with the monumental. Taking more than two years to complete, Soft Walls was first exhibited in 2013 as Kotani’s Pittsburgh Artist of the Year exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. It has since been exhibited at Women and Their Work, Austin, Texas, and Living Arts, Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it was one of three artworks out of fifteen chosen for a national residency award.
In a new iteration at Gallery 221, the 800 square feet of crocheted plastic will encase the gallery’s walls and puddle to the floor, engulfing the space and transforming it into a pure white space. Kotani stated, “I’m delight in transforming everyday materials with cunning use of scale, a minimalist palette, and my handmade technique. I am attracted to the refinement of simple techniques that direct my work toward an economy of means, which generates a concentrated power within the work.”
Kotani received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA, a BFA from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, and is Professor Emerita at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA. She has exhibited her work extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world.
Her artwork can be found in the collections of Citta di Chieri, Torino, Italy; Moulin à Nef at VCCA-France, Auvillar, France; Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh, PA; Bank of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, amongst others.
The artist divides her time between Slippery Rock, PA and Gulfport, FL.
All programs are free and open to the public.
Gallery 221 Information:
Location: 2nd floor library, Learning Resources Center, Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa 33614
Gallery Hours: Monday – Wednesday 9a.m. – 4p.m.; Thursday 9a.m – 7p.m; Friday 9a.m. - 2 p.m. ADDITIONAL HOURS FOR THIS EXHIBITION ARE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT
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