Contemporary Comments

“Contemporary Comments” – showcasing Japanese ceramics and paintings by Larry Graeber

Onishi Gallery is proud to present Contemporary Comments, a showcase of paintings by Larry Graeber that are accompanied by an array of Japanese ceramic artworks. The show opens on October 29th and runs through November 9th at Onishi Gallery, 521 W. 26th Street, NYC. Haling from San Antonio, Texas, Graeber incorporates elements of expressionism and formalism in his paintings, the two elements often colliding in reactive encounters that Graeber calls, “measuring districts for a chance of change.” This exhibition juxtaposes Graeber’s abstract color field paintings with Japanese ceramic objects to propose new designs of contemporary interior spaces. Japanese ceramics and Western images of abstract color design are set in modern urban interiors to create vivid visuals of their co-presence. As the different textures and styles of these Japanese and American artworks dialogue in the shared space of their presentation, a beautiful interplay of saturated colors, clear lines, and blurred boundaries emerges.
Following a successful Asia Week New York exhibition in the Spring of 2003, Onishi Gallery recently facilitated the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s acquisition of a ceramic plate made by Living National Treasure artist Tokuda Yasokichi III, entitled, “Rinka.” Yasokichi’s piece is now being displayed in the Sackler Wing Galleries for the Arts of Japan on the second floor of the Museum. This Spring of 2014, Onishi Gallery will again participate in Asia Week New York in affiliation with the Asia Week New York Association and the Japanese Art Dealers Association to promote Japanese works of art in metal, glass, and ceramics.