Curator's Workshop: Kelly Akashi

A large bronze hand in planter box with cactus and plants growing around it. Growing out from the palm of the hand are glass California poppies and flowers from twisting steel stems.

Kelly Akashi, Cultivator, 2021. Bronze, hand-blown glass, stainless steel, 47.5 x 51 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist, François Ghebaly Gallery, and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

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Join Lauren Schell Dickens, senior curator, as she shares insights into the upcoming exhibition, Kelly Akashi: Formations, opening September 2022. Using fluid, impressionable materials and old-world craft techniques, such as glass blowing and casting, candle making, bronze and silicon casting, and rope making, Kelly Akashi cultivates relationships among a variety of materials to investigate how they can actively convey their histories and potential for change.

Encompassing a selection of artworks made over the past decade, Formations will include glass, cast bronze, and fiber sculptures, multipart installations, and photographic contact prints, as well as a newly commissioned series exploring the inherited impact of Akashi's family's imprisonment in a Japanese American incarceration camp during World War II.

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