Offramp Gallery = 1702 Lincoln Avenue = Pasadena, CA 91103 = 626.298.6931
Art & Sushi: Minoru Ohira & Mori Onodera
Sunday, January 24, 2016, noon-9pm
Offramp Gallery is pleased to present Art & Sushi: Minoru Ohira and Mori Onodera, a very special event in conjunction with the exhibition, Minoru Ohira: Iki and Yabo, on Sunday, January 24, 2016, from noon-9pm.
Michelin-starred chef Mori Onodera will be serving traditional edomae style sushi in Minoru Ohira’s installation in Offramp Gallery’s East Gallery. Tickets will be sold for four seatings for two to four people at each seating. Tickets are $200 per person and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Art & Sushi: Minoru Ohira and Mori Onodera, began as a conversation between the two accomplished friends. They conceived of the event as a collaboration or performance blending two very different art forms. A traditional tea ceremony was discussed, then dismissed as two complicated for the venue. They then decided to serve edomae style sushi on the carved yellow cedar “i-beams” in Minoru Ohira’s installation in the East Gallery, merging their masterful genres with a soupçon of dry wit.
Edomae style sushi is a Japanese cuisine initially created by the Edo (old name for Tokyo) fast food businesses during the 1820’s. The sushi were prepared and sold on the streets by stands at a time when there was no refrigeration.
Chef and artist Mori Onodera, formerly at the helm of Mori Sushi in Los Angeles, served his own locally grown rice and created handmade plates for the restaurant.
He is currently making plates for Michelin Guide restaurants Melisse and Providence in Los Angeles and Manresa in Los Gatos. He has also embarked on a new project to grow premium Japanese rice in Uruguay.
Artist Minoru Ohira has exhibited extensively at galleries and museums in the US, Mexico and Japan and is in the collections of The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, California), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Thailand (Bangkok) and the National Museum of Art in Mexico.
Ohira is the recipient of the prestigious 26th Denchu Hirakushi Award for the art of wood carving. In 2009 he was awarded the 36th Teijiro Nakagawa Award, the first artist residing outside Japan to be honored with the award.
Click here for more information about Mori Onodera.