Explore a natural world made from the simplest of objects with landscape architect Marc Peter Keane!
Landscape architect Marc Peter Keane's artworks are all, in one way or another, intersections with the garden. His artwork draws from the traditional culture of Japan, such as the way his ceramics are fired unglazed in a wood-fired kiln (anagama), and yet they are also unlike any traditional Japanese forms. He incorporates garden materials such as leaves and fine gravel into the works, and in part by incorporating design ideas from the garden, like the carefully balancing of wildness and control.
To open our final exhibition of the year, Mr. Keane will join us for a special lecture to discuss his work as a landscape architect specializing in Japanese gardens, how it has influenced his artwork, and the connection to nature that is at the core of his work.
Registration is required.
About the Artist
Marc Peter Keane is a landscape architect, writer, and artist based in Ithaca, NY. Having lived and worked in Kyoto for nearly 20 years, Keane’s work is heavily influenced by the aesthetics and culture of Japan. As a landscape architect, Keane's work focuses on gardens. Like poetry, sculpture, and painting, Keane sees gardens as being both aesthetic and allegorical compositions. Over the past 15 years, he has designed and built numerous gardens, ranging from a 115 square meter tea garden for Hidenin Temple in Kyoto, to a 6 acre park, called Awanosato, for a private company in Tokushima. His land-art installation for the year 2000 Kyoto Arts Festival, called Omega Point, won the Grand Prize for that year and the recently built Tiger Glen Garden at the Johnson Museum of Art won the gold A’Design Award (Como, Italy). As an artist, Keane creates works that are inspired by nature and based on the long history of Japanese arts and crafts.
You are invited to
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan