Touchstones Nelson exhibit evokes Japanese Canadian memories

Regeneration, featuring paintings by Tsuneko Kokubo and sculptures by Toru Fujibayashi, runs until November 13 at the Touchstones Gallery.

Sculptor Toru Fujibayashi (left) with painter and dancer Tsuneko Kokubo at the opening on August 24 of their joint show Regeneration at the Touchstones gallery in Nelson. Both artists are residents of the Kootenays. Kokubo is a survivor of the Hiroshima bomb and Fujibayashi was interned in the Kootenays with other Japanese Canadians in World War II. Regeneration runs at Touchstones until November 13.

Regeneration, featuring paintings by Tsuneko Kokubo and sculptures by Toru Fujibayashi, runs until November 13 at the Touchstones Gallery in Nelson. Both artists are from the Slocan Valley.

Photos by Bill Metcalfe, taken at the opening on August 24.

 

From Tsuneko Kokubo’s artist statement at the gallery:

In 1994 I was awarded a Canada Council grant to explore a more narrative approach through a series of paintings based on my memories of childhood growing up in Japan during the Second World War, separated from my family in Canada.

In this new work for the Regeneration show, I am combining impressions, abstractions and narrative elements related to early Japanese immigration, family memories, and the internment of the Nikkei (Japanese Canadians) in the Slocan Valley, all the while striving for beauty in unexpected places.

 

From Toru Fujibayashi’s artist statement:

 

THE MASK IS CRUMBLING. I SEE MORE CLEARLY

THE PATH AHEAD.

THE BEACON SHINING FROM OPEN HEARTS

CONSTANT AS THE NORTH STAR SPIRIT RISES UNDAUNTED FOR

LOVE ILLUMINATES THE WAY.

 

 

 

 

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