Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents Jun Kaneko: Mirage. The exhibition will run from September 10 thru October 29, 2016. An opening reception will be held September 10th from 6-8pm.
About the Exhibition
Edward Cella Art & Architecture is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of sculpture and painting by internationally acclaimed artist Jun Kaneko. Born in Nagoya, Japan, and come of age in Southern California at the height of the 60s Contemporary Ceramics Movement, he is known for his experimental large-scale ceramic works and public sculptural installations, though his artistic facility extends beyond any one medium. He combines the monumentality of the monolith with the subtlety of abstract motifs, seamlessly integrating sculptural and painterly vocabularies. With an interest in the relational impact of scale and surface, Kaneko’s primary objective is to engage the viewer in an immersive spatial and experiential encounter with his work.
About Jun Kaneko
Kaneko studied painting throughout his youth and adolescence under Japanese master painter Satoshi Ogawa. He came to the U.S. in 1963, settling in Los Angeles directly from Nagoya, Japan. Kaneko had intended to continue studying painting in the U.S., but discovered ceramics while staying with Fred and Mary Marer, prominent Los Angeles-based ceramics collectors of the time. There he encountered works by avant-garde California artists such as Ken Price, Jerry Rothman (who was instrumental in establishing Kaneko’s West Coast residency), Paul Soldner, and Peter Voulkos. Kaneko went on to study under Peter Voulkos at UC Berkeley and completed an MFA at Scripps College in Claremont under Paul Soldner. This exhibition marks a significant return to Los Angeles for the artist, the city where Kaneko began his remarkable career over five decades ago.