Rie Kawakami in the Main Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 6-9pm
Lecture: Thursday, April 9, 7pm at SFSU,
FA 193
Exhibition runs: April 8 - May 2, 2009
Gallery hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6pm *closed Saturday, April 18

An installation by Rie Kawakami in the Main Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 6-9pm
Exhibition runs: April 8 - May 2, 2009
Gallery hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6pm
(*Please note: the gallery will be closed Saturday, April 18.)
At The Lab, 2948 Sixteenth Street @ Capp
Lecture: Thursday, April 9th, 7pm at San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Building, Room 193

The Living Cube project is an interactive installation that allows visitors to distort an initial grid sculpture as they pass through the gallery. The process of change over time will be documented by the artist. With a sensibility influenced by the “Wabi-sabi” aesthetic in Japanese culture, Kawakami creates metal sculpture with the goal of combining architectural and organic forms.

Kawakami is interested in the uncertainty around the minimum unit that composes material, as well as where the vast universe ends. Her work begins with the awareness that we are both one unit composed of minute particles, and also elements that make up a larger society. Kawakami’s work attempts to express the life force, or “will” that she sees in all natural phenomena, both animate and inanimate, and the role of human existence in directing the course of the universe.

Rie Kawakami is a visiting artist in residence from Hokkaido, Japan. She received her MFA in metal work from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. She is a former artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and Location One in New York.

This exhibition is generously supported by San Francisco State University's Fine Arts Graduate Division, and Cellspace.