Ethnic Heritage Gallery
700 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Lobby
Sharon Egretta Sutton
City Life On and Off the Grid
January 14 — April 28, 2015
Orthogonal grids are ubiquitous in the cityscape. Right angles appear in the layout of streets, in the materials of building facades, in the seating of restaurants, in the books of libraries, and even in the mobile devices of urbanites. Grids are efficient because orthogonal elements can be easily stacked, multiplied, and substituted one for the other; they can be excitingly elegant or boringly graceless. The images in this show are explorations in the exciting elegance of grids.
April 30 — July 14, 2015
Reception: Thursday, May 7, noon — 1:30 p.m.
Woven Woods features artwork from Naoko Morisawa. Her pieces are made of hundreds of very small slices of natural/oil-dyed woodchips on board. She received a BA in Design from Tama Art University, Tokyo.
Artist Statement: My artwork is hand-made of thousands of very small slices of oil-dyed wood chips on board. I like to incorporate the patterns in the wood and enhance them with oil-stain. The variety of wood grain is very beautiful and the pattern is never the same. The combinations of natural and oil-stained grains create interesting shadows and impressions. My imagery comes from common items: a cupcake, shoes, a wave, and waterfalls etc. This mosaic wood art-form innovation comes from a traditional Japanese style of art, though here I have improvised the shaped cuts (both lined and curved) into a woven arrangement and have added more color elements.