April 6 – May 26, 2018
April 6, 6-9pm
Friday April 6th from 6-9pm, Praxis will open our gallery to “Torn” an exhibition with Yuko Kimura and Pamela McKee. Showing fiber in a new light, “Torn” is a sensitive and intimate investigation of paper and silk carrier rods as medium. Both artists use repetition and manipulation to highlight the magnificent qualities of natural materials.
Yuko Kimura was born in 1968 in Oakland, California and was raised in Tokyo. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in 1997 and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. She has received several awards including the First Agnes Gund Traveling Award from the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Horace H.Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan. In 2004 she was selected for the Nesnadny and Schwartz Visiting Critics Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she is represented by the Verne Collection of Japanese Art in Cleveland and Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York City. Yuko’s work is in the collection at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Museum of Art and Minneapolis Institute of the Arts . She has been making prints at Zygote Press as a resident artist for more than fifteen years. She is currently the Gallery Manager at Verne Collection of Japanese Art, where she has worked since 2003.
Pamela McKee began working full time as an artist later in life. She has a MA in English literature and taught English for twenty-five years while attending art classes, workshops, and developing her art. Materials and process are a focus for her, and she enjoys using processes which limit her control and leave something to chance. She likes to use natural materials and to present organic shapes and objects in unusual ways, hoping that the observer will be inspired to see an object with a new perspective or make an unexpected connection. Her work has been exhibited locally at Still Point Gallery, Juma Gallery, Heights Art, Zygote Press, Howson Gallery at Judson Park, CWRU Gallery at MSASS, Kendal at Oberlin, and she was awarded second place in the Morgan Conservatory American Fiber juried exhibition.