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Kazumi Tanaka
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Kazumi Tanaka
Bedtime Stories

Beacon, NY - A highly anticipated exhibition of new works by the Japanese-born sculptor Kazumi Tanaka will open at the Hudson Beach Gallery. Known widely as a master woodworker, Tanaka utilizes a combination of ancient and modern techniques to create conceptually complex, intimate and extraordinarily crafted sculpture. Produced with painstaking care, and often over long periods of time, Tanakas evocative work explores memories of her childhood in Japan, and her life as an artist working in the US since 1987.

Her newest body of work, seen here for the first time, centers on a handmade wooden orrery  a mechanical device that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons in a heliocentric model of our solar system. For Tanaka, the orrery functions poetically as a metaphor for the narrative process. In conjunction with a selection of other carved and fabricated works in the exhibition, the artist evokes abstract notions of autobiography.

As the independent curator and art historian France Morin noted in an essay for a 1993 exhibition of Tanakas work at the New Museum of Contemporary art, "…[Tanaka] entices us into a magical world, like that of Alice in Wonderland, which the artist also enters and leaves-sometimes to escape the anxieties of the world."

Tanaka, who studied sculpture in Osaka, Japan, and then in New York City at the New York Studio School, lives and works in Beacon, NY. She has exhibited at museums and galleries around the world, including The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kent Gallery where she showed regularly between 1995 and 2003. Her work is held in many prominent private and institutional collections.

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