May 14th – Mami Takahashi Coffee@Ten

Takahashi_Japanese_AestheticsHave you ever thought about why traditional Japanese paintings use background differently compared to Western paintings? Or, why the traditional performance art looks slow and not so dramatic?

The concept of MA, the space between structural parts and/or interval, is related to the Japanese ideas of Zen, wabi-sabi, and the way of tea. It has been influencing various art forms in Japan for thousands of years, including visual and performance arts, as well as architecture. By looking at artworks of Japanese traditional paintings, video footage of a Noh performance, and contemporary performance, Mami Takahashi will illustrate visual examples of the concept of MA, and present a way of eastern perspective to see the arts.

Coffee @ Ten is our free monthly lecture series. Enjoy complimentary baked goods and coffee generously sponsored by Roast & Toast Coffee and Cafe.

Mami-Takahashi_HeadshotTakahashi received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from Portland State University (Portland, OR) in 2013. She earned a BFA in Japanese Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design (Japan), where she was awarded a prize for her thesis work. Takahashi also obtained an Associate of Fine Art in Aesthetics from Aoyama-gakuin Women’s College (Tokyo, Japan). Currently, she is a research scholar at the University of Oregon, focusing on the conceptual understanding of Japanese aesthetics. Her work has been collected and exhibited internationally at the following art establishments: Toriizaka Art in Japan; Gwangju Fork Art Museum in South Korea; Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Canada; International Museum in Texas; 510 Museum&ArtSpace; and Littman Gallery in Oregon.

Mami is an alumnus of the Good Hart Artist Residency.

This information was copied from the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s website.