| Kadonaga allows the material to speak for the art
By Sheila Farr, The Seattle Times - Visual Art
Friday, January 17, 2003
|Kazuo Kadonagafs show at Greg Kucera Gallery focuses on his massive glass Sculptures. gGlass and Woodhinstallations by Kadonaga 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. tuesdays-Saturdays Through February 1 at Greg Kucera Gallery,212 Third Ave. S.,Seattle(206-624-0770)|
|At Suyama Space, Kazuo Kadonaga has crated the indoor equivalent of a Zen garden; just natural objects|wood, paper, bamboo|gently manipulated and meaningfully placed.gPure Formhsculpture by Kazuo Kadonaga 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays through April 11 at Suyama Space 2324 Second Ave., Seattle(206-256-0809)|
Kadonaga's work gets compared to minimalism, but that
category doesn't fully capture what he's doing. The similarity is all on the
surface. Minimalism bypasses content for the pure expression of condensed form,
as dictated by the artist. In Kadonaga's case, he allows the materials to
dictate to him. Both styles of artmaking are based on a philosophy, but
Minimalism is an intellectual exercise. Kadonaga's art seems to be a spiritual
Beth Sellars, curator of the Suyama Space, has been following Kadonaga's work since the early 1980s when she first saw it at the Space Gallery in Los Angeles. When she heard there was a traveling exhibition at the Schneider Museum in Ashland, Ore., she figured she could find a way to get the work to Seattle. She talked to Greg Kucera about picking up part of the show, and he gladly agreed. Kadonaga came to Seattle to install the work| it's an essential part of what he does|and will remain here until the Kucera part of the show comes down.
Sellars says that Kadonaga's underlying approach to artmaking has remained consistent throughout his career. "He sets up a system and lets the natural aspect take over," she said. "He allows the humidity to do its thing. All the paper pieces here have become much more fluffy than they were at Salt Lake Art Center (Utah), where the air is much drier. The cracks in the logs have opened up quite a bit. The bamboos are splitting open. That's kind of a continuing process for him. When it goes to L.A. from here it will take on another configuration. It's kind of non-egotistical."
This joint exhibition is Kadonaga's first exposure in the Northwest, although he has exhibited around the world. Born in 1946, he lives in Kanazawa, Japan, and has work in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Modern Art, Mexico; The National Kroller Muller Museum, The Netherlands; U.C. Santa Barbara Art Museum; and The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan, among others. If we are lucky, a few pieces will end up in collections here as well.
The Suyama Space part of the show is called "Pure Form." Yes, form is a major part of the show. But you can't overlook the texture, color, rhythm and harmonics of the work. As an opera singer's voice has color, Kadonaga's sculpture has tone.