Japanese Artist Reemerges in Hawaii to Honor the Earth
Volcano Art Center PresentsSusumu Sakaguchi’s
First Solo Show in Hawaii
Volcano, HI – Japanese-born contemporary artist Susumu Sakaguchi <http://susumusakaguchi.com/> is about to make a big splash in the Big Island art scene. Bringing his unique style of “Metamorphosis Perception Painting” not seen in Hawaii since a 2008 idspace exhibition <http://www.hiartmagazine.com/idspace/Past%20Exhibits/Susumu%20Sakaguchi/Susumu%20Sakaguchi%201-08.htm> , Sakaguchi returns June 18 with his first statewide solo show at Volcano Art Center <http://www.volcanoartcenter.org/> .
Perhaps since it’s been so long or perhaps he simply has so much to say with the works on display, Sakaguchi’s exhibit carries three distinct and equally poignant titles: Earth is Born, Time of Crisis and Peace and Center of Universe.
“The last thing we think about is our Earth,” says Sakaguchi. “We are conscious and sensitive to those things which change before our eyes; our sensations are boundless yet our perceptions are finite. My paintings are neither social, nor political. They are the natural response of one person expressing in form and body of sensibility, his biological destination.”
Since 1972, Sakaguchi paintings have been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Japan. His resume reads like a guidebook for essential global tourism: New York, Tokyo, Philadelphia, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Jersey City. Having once lived a “tri-coastal existence” in New York, Japan and Hawaii’s Big Island, Sakaguchi now calls Volcano home with his wife Shizuno Nasu, a classically trained professional dancer whose performances often accompany her husband’s exhibitions. If anyone has insightful artistic commentary to share regarding the Earth, it is Sakaguchi.
The highly-anticipated exhibition of Earth is Born, Time of Crisis and Peace and Center of Universe will be on display at Hale Ho‘omana, Volcano Art Center’s newest multipurpose facility at their Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village <http://www.volcanoartcenter.org/about-us/niaulani> . A gallery reception and preview will be held on Sunday, June 17 from 4:00 to 6:00pm. The show will be open to the public June 18 through July 28, weekdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and weekends by appointment. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org <http://www.volcanoartcenter.org/> or contact Volcano Art Center Gallery Manager Emily Catey at (808) 967-8222 <tel:%28808%29%20967-8222> or firstname.lastname@example.org.