Shohei Adachi is a talented Japanese artist who graduated from Tama Art University's Japanese Painting Department before receiving a scholarship to study ink painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Maggie Connolly, on the other hand, traveled from a small town in Iowa, USA, to learn pottery in China and Japan. Both artists lived and created in China, and now in Japan, they explore the theme of "Space" in their work.
The exhibition features new works by both artists, inspired by their experiences living in Japan and the concept of space. Visitors will also have the chance to enjoy a special menu featuring dishes made with Maggie Connolly's pottery.
Shohei Adachi explains, "I feel that the infinite gradations of ink can capture the important 'sound' that cannot be conveyed by words or shapes. The inspiration came from listening to the sound of an Iranian friend's traditional instrument called 'Santur,' which had a hauntingly beautiful sound that is impossible to capture on a music sheet. My works in this exhibition, titled 'Otodure,' are my attempt to express the traces of trying to notate those sounds."
Maggie Connolly adds, "The concept behind my Mobius objects is based on space. The Mobius is a one-sided object from geometry that truly can’t exist in our world. The objects manipulate the space around them by showing that the inside is the same side as the outside and the human-built divisions of space are shattered and shown for the illusion that they really are."