Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Minoru Ohira: Sculpture from September 14 - October 12, 2015. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, September 14 from 2-5pm and a closing reception on Sunday, October 12 from 2-5pm.
Minoru Ohira’s hand-crafted sculpture and wall works are made from found and recycled materials such as burned or painted wood, dead branches, metal, stone and construction waste. Influenced by the natural beauty and thatched roofs of his native village of Kurokawa, Japan Ohira’s work blends traditional Japanese motifs with a contemporary sense of design.
Three of the five wall hung pieces from Ohira’s Landscape series use contrasting vertical bands of wood patterned by burning, cutting, and painting with sumi ink, patinaed copper sheets riveted with nail heads, and pieces of broken slate, to form richly textured landscapes; evoking rain, snow, rice fields and other natural phenomena. Another large piece, Santa Ana Wind, rolls off the wall in a smooth wave of bent, broken and chipped wood and brings to mind Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print, The Great Wave. Other pieces are created by carving light colored wood into smooth rounded shapes, covering them with resin and graphite, then carving leaf-like patterns into the shapes.
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.
In 2013 Ohira was 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.
Minoru Ohira: Sculpture is Ohira's first exhibition at Offramp Gallery. The exhibition will run concurrently with Claire Keith: Paintings and Olly Olly Oxen Free, an outdoor group sculpture show curated by Kristi Engle. All three exhibitions will be featured for ArtNight Pasadena on Friday, October 10 from 6-10pm.
Minoru Ohira, from the Landscape series, 2014, wood, copper, nails, slate & sumi ink
Minoru Ohira, Beginning bw-1 (fission), 2003, burned cut & chopped white oak on wood form, 36"h x 45"d x 38"w