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うみのなみだ – 西村理恵


CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents "Umi no Namida (Tears of the ocean)," an exhibition of recent paintings by Rie Nishimura.

"地球の表面積の約70.8%が海洋といわれています。温暖化、公害などの問題が増え続ける中、海中のたくさんの生物達は、私たち人間の影響をどのくらい受けているのでしょうか?海からのメッセージをペインティングにて発表したいと思います。私たちに計り知れない程の恵みを与えてくれる大好きな海が、元気を取り戻せますように、という願いをこめて。" — 西村理恵

Using a handful of vibrant acrylics in each work, Nishimura heavily layers overlapping circles and strokes reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy to create dense fields of color from which basic abstract patterns can be easily discerned. Ms. Nishimura typically starts and completes each painting in one session, which she likens to a meditative dance, and the dynamism of her lines attest to the physicality of her approach.

Umi No Namada © by Chaz GansterAt the Opening Reception, Ms. Nishimura and artist Chaz Ganster will also share a short live performance combining dance, sculpture, painting, body painting and lighting by Fred Hatt, and music by composer Friedrich H. Kern in a gesamtkunstwerk inspired by coral bleaching, jellyfish proliferation, and accumulation of plastic in the ocean.  One artist plays a coy jellyfish, representing indifference, and the other artist plays a sick impregnated male seahorse, representing fragile beauty. The performance will take place from approximately 8 – 8:15 pm.


About Chaz Ganster
Chaz Ganster (CG) is a Japanese-American artist working in Brooklyn with formally-innovative mediums to discuss environmental issues concerning the ocean.  He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and previous set design collaborator for Eiko and Koma. He recently worked on the special effects team for "Beasts of the Southern Wild", which took Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and Camera d'Or at Cannes.

About Fred Hatt
Fred Hatt is a painter, media artist, and writer, videographer/photographer and projectionist. He collaborates frequently with performing artists. For the past three years he has been publishing the influential art blog “Drawing Life” (fredhatt.com/blog). As an artist, Fred Hatt crosses the boundaries between performance and visual arts, between traditional craft and contemporary technologies.  Whether making a drawing, a video piece, a photograph or a performance, the focus is on the perception of energy and its expression through light and form, movement and gesture. He has presented drawing and painting as a form of dance or performance art, and has created projection and special lighting effects for dancers and performers at venues including PS 122, LaMaMa ETC, Dixon Place, and Chashama. Fred’s art has been seen in galleries, theaters, nightclubs, gardens, rooftops, dance studios, on the internet, at festivals, on television, and on the internet. He has had seven solo gallery exhibitions in New York since 1998 and has been in more than thirty group shows in that time.