The Awakened Spirit: Japanese Calligraphy in the 21st Century

Skutt Student Center, Drawing Room

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 -
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Awakened Spirit: Japanese Calligraphy in the 21st Century – An Exhibition of Shōsho Brushed by Master Teshima Yūkei

The exhibition runs February 1 – 26, 2013 in the Skutt Student Center Drawing Room. The Drawing Room is open Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sat. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

A reception and curator’s presentation by Dr. Susan Nakao, Chair, Caucus on the Spiritual in Art Education will be held February 19, 2013 from 4:00 to 5:30 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.

Shōsho, a contemporary calligraphic art that combines traditional elements of ancient Chinese writing, shodō, and current ideas about the dynamic qualities of the artistic image, promotes the unification of the spirit of the written character (kanji) and the spirit of the artist, filling the three-dimensional space between them with unseen power. When this merging of artist and work is successful, the viewer intuitively understands the meaning of the work, even though he/she may not be able to read the character.

Unlike traditional forms of shodō (the way of calligraphy), which rely on the meaning of the poetry or prose, shōsho embraces the concept that a few characters (usually one to four) can stand alone as an artwork with the perceived meaning being expressed not only through words, but also through the combination of the artist’s spirit and skill in selecting the correct ink, paper, script, writing speed and technique.

The artworks of Teshima Yūkei and his direct disciples, Nakagawa Kyōji, Takeuchi Hōsen, and Teshima Tairiku have been exhibited internationally in China, Europe, South America and North America. This exhibition commemorates one-half century of shōsho, and a quarter of a century since the passing of its founder, Teshima Yūkei. It explores the current direction of the genre and, over the two years of this traveling exhibition, makes it accessible to both students and connoisseurs of Asian Art in the United States. Exhibition visitors will enjoy the living quality of the characters, as the positive, negative and three-dimensional space transmits spiritual power and meaning. As you examine these vibrant works, you are invited to calm your thoughts, absorbing the fragrance of the aesthetic quality revealed through both depth and variety, in these amazing and sensitive shōsho artworks.

This exhibition is jointly organized by the Asian World Center and Skutt Student Center Art Gallery.

Contact Info

Maorong Jiang
(402) 280-2860

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