Kana Harada, Where We Always Meet, 2017, cut paper on watercolor,
36 x 28 5/8 in., Collection of George Morton & Karol Howard
On View March 21, 2020 through September 13, 2020
Opening Reception TBA
Conversation with the Artist: Kana Harada, joined by
Patrick Kelly, Executive Director and Curator of Exhibitions,
The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX 8/13/20 @ 5 p.m.
(Via Facebook Live)
This exhibition will feature paintings and sculptures by Dallas-based artist Kana Harada, who works with hand-cut foam sheets, along with watercolor, paper, and natural materials to create pieces that embody a wish for peace, a love for humanity, mother earth, and the universe. This artwork evokes the serenity of the “Fuji Sanctuary,” a peace gathering site at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Japan, near the artist’s birthplace of Tokyo, Japan. A peace ceremony will be held at the opening reception, inviting visitors to take part in a spiritual gathering, aiming to spread peace to all of the earth. Celestial Garden will include a site-specific installation, suspended sculptures, and two-dimensional cut paper and watercolor paintings.
Kana Harada studied graphic design, Japanese fine art, and drawing at Ochanomizu School of Fine Arts in Tokyo, Japan. Harada is the recipient of the Beth Lea and John L. Clardy Memorial Award at 23rd Annual Exhibition, Art in The Metroplex at Texas Christian University. She has had both national and international solo and group exhibitions and her work is featured in several print and online publications and reviews, including Vitamin D Magazine, Glasstire, Star Telegram, Houston Press, among others. Her work is included in the collections of Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, Texas, and the Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the Garth Family Partnership in memory of Mary Jane Garth and Harriet Garth, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.