JUN KANEKO



Born 1942 in Nagoya, Japan
Before settling in Omaha, clay artist Jun Kaneko studied at the University of California at Berkeley (1966) under Peter Voulkos. Both artists are associated with the "American Clay Revolution" that emphasized sculptural approaches to ceramics rather than adherence to the traditional function bound uses of clay. The monotypes created as part of a Visiting Artist Program residency at UNO are similar to the "Hawaiian Series", six large-scale oil-stick drawings on rice paper resulting from a trip to Kauai, Hawaii in the winter of 1995. The scribbling lines, areas of stripes, and other surface patterns are also found on his glazed ceramic sculptures, the dangos. "There is, however, one important difference," observed John Perreault, who explained, "The surface decoration of the sculpture tends to flatten them, whereas the oil-stick lines or shapes on paper read as three-dimensional. The sculpture alludes to the two-dimensional and the drawings allude to the three-dimensional; the two tactics are mirror images. The drawings are quasi-representational, and perhaps the sculptures are not as abstract as one might first assume."




Untitled 1
1995; sheet: 45 1/4 x 31 3/8 (114.3 x 78.74); unique, monotype