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Akiko Kotani: Unbound

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Creative Pinellas

12211 Walsingham Road

Largo, FL 33778

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Join us for the Opening Reception of Akiko Kotani: Unbound!

This exhibit is a large-scale reflection on memory, domesticity and handiwork, time passing and moving through space, featuring two major installation works from the internationally exhibiting artist Akiko Kotani.

Both installations, Soft Walls and Waterfalls at Millford Valley, are created by crocheting plastic strips into enormous flowing white forms.

> Waterfalls at Millford Valley tumbles over 20 feet from the gallery’s heights into soft piles on the floor and explores the artist’s memories of the many waterfalls in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park.

> Soft Walls is composed of two large 8-foot-tall walls that are draped in crocheted plastic and bisect the west half of the gallery. At once imposing and gentle, the work is a powerful meditation on historically women’s handwork.

7pm - Conversation with the Artist

Additionally Akiko Kotani is hosting a Lunch & Learn on Fri. June 7th from 12-1:30pm! https://www.facebook.com/events/436538646910813

Exhibit runs June 6 - July 29, 2019. Gallery is open every Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5pm during the exhibit dates.

About Akiko:

Kotani, born in 1940 in Honolulu, received her BFA in Painting in 1962 from the University of Hawaii. A growing interest in fiber, inspired initially by her mother who was never without some form of handwork, took her in two very different directions. She worked for two years with a Mayan Indian weaver in Guatemala, and subsequently studied at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she earned her MFA in 1977. Kotani is now Professor Emerita of Art, Slippery Rock University, PA, whose faculty she joined in 1979. Awarded Pittsburgh 2013 Artist of the Year, Kotani mounted a 4-gallery exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts that were funded by an Individual Creative Artist Grant by the Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowment. Work from that event went on to be shown in 6 venues through out the United States with its last stop at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL. In 2019 she was awarded the St Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Individual Artist grant. Currently, Kotani holds the 2019 Artist Laureate Award by Creative Pinellas.

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