Since our last newsletter, Jun Kaneko has continued to focus on public artwork planning and installation, exhibitions, opera production design, and above all, art making.
RAKU Jun Kaneko continues to push boundaries with his latest Raku fired slipcast Wall Slabs and Tanukis. They relate visually and texturally to his painting practice. The pieces were created in Cuernavaca, Mexico at Juan Sanchez de Dios's Raku Studio. These works are a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Japanese "Raku" process. This is the third series of Raku Wall Slabs and Tanukis that Jun has done to date.
The name Raku comes from the family that perfected the process fifteen generations ago. Raku is set apart from other firing methods because of the unique process. As each piece reaches its highest temperature, it is pulled from the kiln and placed in a carbon-rich and highly flammable enclosure where the combusting material imbibes the clay with black carbon and causes certain glazes to become iridescent. The movement of the smoke within the chamber gives each piece unique markings. To view a selection of finished works and process photos, please consult our website.
ASCENT AT TOWER SQUARE
On the winter solstice, December 21st at 5:03PM, the central element of Jun's most recent public art commission will be illuminated with over 3,200 interior LED lights at a dedication ceremony hosted by Lincoln Partners for Public Art Development (LPPAD) and Lincoln Parks and Recreation. Jun was awarded the Tower Square commission located at the corner of 13th & P street in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2012. He worked with local contractors and suppliers to realize all aspects of the project apart from the 56' glass tower, "Ascent".
The tower was created with the help of internationally recognized stained glass specialists Derix Glass Consultants. Each hand blown glass panel is installed on 80 tempered glass carrier panels. Their project partner, Metalbau-Wimmer, fabricated the steel tower structure, which their team installed over the course of eight days in September. View a time lapse video of the installation process here.
Click here to view the artists statement. View Journal Star article.
SOKYO GALLERY Jun’s latest Constructions and small Dangos are currently on view at the Sokyo Gallery in Kyoto. The exhibition will run through December 25th. More information about the Sokyo Gallery and this exhibition can be found on their website.
"GARDEN OF TANUKI" Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is the permanent home for twelve Tanukis displayed at the Durham Family's Bear Canyon. Jun's Tanukis are an artistic interpretation of the Japanese raccoon dog popular in Japanese folk tales. The larger than life and exuberantly decorated Tanukis feature bright colors and rambunctious patterns that are certain to capture the attention of children and adults. The playful creatures are almost seven feet tall and weigh 900 pounds each. View press release.
Jun Kaneko’s latest production design of Beethoven’s Fidelio is set to hit the stage Friday, April 17th and Sunday, April 19th of 2015 at Opera Omaha. This will mark the 200th anniversary of the production.
Individual and group tickets are now available for purchase.
Visit the Opera Omaha Website for more information and tickets.
Visit our website to view the production design book for Fidelio.
JUN KANEKO SCULPTURE
AT DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS
May 28th through November 14th, 2015, the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee will host an outdoor exhibition featuring twenty large scale sculptures placed over eighteen acres in Memphis's finest botanical garden. An opening soiree and lecture will be held on May 28th. This exhibition is made possible with the courtesy of Jun Kaneko Studio in collaboration with Dixon Gallery & Gardens.
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