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Michiko Suzuki’s, “A Feeler” Installation

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Curriculum Vitae

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International Exhibitions

  • 1975 (’76, ’82, ’89) – Kanagawa International Independent Exhibition / Kanagawa prefecture hall. Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1996 – The 3rd Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints / Kochi, Japan
  • 1996 – Seoul International Print Biennale / Seoul, Korea
  • 1997 – CUPRUM VII The International Biennale of Graphic Art in The Copper Engraving Technique and other Metal Techniques of Mikolaj Pruzio / Poland
  • 1998 – Exhibition of Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial ’98 / Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000 – The 4th British International Miniature Print Exhibition/ London, England
  • 2000 – Biennale International D’art Miniature / Quebec, Canada
  • 2000 – Biennale International Miniature Print Exhibition / Vancouver, Canada
  • 2001 – Biennale International D’estampe Contemporaine de Trois-rivieres / Quebec, Canada
  • 2001 – International Biennial of SMALL FORT GRAPHIC Vilnius 2001 / Lithuania [invitational]
  • 2001 – International Print Triennial in Kanagawa 2001 / Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2002 – Exhibition of Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial’2002 / Tokyo, Japan
  • 2003 – Forth Engraving Biennial of ILE DE FRANCE IN VERSAILLES / The Domaine de Madame Elisabeth The Orangerie. / France
  • 2003 – Intergraphia (World Award Winners) / The Royal Castle in Niepotomice (Poland), Varosi Muveszeti Museum in Gyor (Hungary)
  • 2003 – Aquaforta contra digital / Contemporary Art Gallery / Opole, Poland
  • 2003 – The 11th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition 2003, R.O.C./ Taiwan
  • 2003 – International Print Triennial- Krakow 2003 / Poland
  • 2003 – Triennial Krakow / Oldenburg, Germany
  • 2003 – International Print and Drawing Exhibition / Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2003 – Virtual members’ show / SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2004 – Triennial 100 Cities / Cultural Center’Castle’, Contemporary art Gallery ‘Profile’ / Poznan, Poland
  • 2004 – LESSEDRA Third World Art Print Annual (MINI PRINT) / Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2004 – LESSEDRA Forth World Art Print Annual (MINI PRINT)/ Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2005 – Exhibition of Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial’2005 / Tokyo, Japan [invitation]
  • 2006 – Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print – Art 2006 INDIA / India [invitation]
  • 2007 – International Grafik-Triennale Oldenburg / Germany
  • 2007 – International Print Triennial-Krakow BIS 2007 / Poland
  • 2008 – The 16th Biennial Sixty Square Inches North American Small Print Exhibition / Purdue University Galleries, IN, USA
  • 2008 – The 13th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, Poland-L?Z ’08 / Miejska Galleria, Poland
  • 2008 – Edmonton Print International 2008/ Capital Arts Building and other venues, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2008 – 1st International Print biennial- Istanbul 2008/ Isik University, Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts, Istanbul, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2008 – IMPRINT 2008/ The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland and touring to EU until end of 2009.
  • 2008 – Magic of Japanese Prints/ The magnificent Gallery, Katowice, Poland. [Touring the exhibition within Poland~2009.] Curator: SMTG (International print triennial society, Krakow) President, Witold Skulicz
  • 2009 – Guanlan International Print Biennial/ Guanlan, China
  • 2009 – The VIth International Biennial of contemporary Graphic arts in Novosibirsk/ Novosibirsk, Russia

Individual Exhibitions

  • 1993 – Gallery Center Point / Tokyo , Japan
  • 1994 – Gallery Kasari / Kanagawa , Japan
  • 1995 – Galerie Verger / Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1995 – Gallery Center Point / Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997 – O Gallery up.s / Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997 – Galerie Verger / Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2001 – Gallery Jin / Tokyo, Japan
  • 2002 – Print Study Centre. University of Alberta / Canada
  • 2002 – SNAP Gallery / Edmonton, Alberta
  • 2003 – Studio Art Gallery at Capilano College / Vancouver, Canada
  • 2004 – Gallery 219 / Tokyo, Japan
  • 2008 – Bellevue Gallery, [Floating world] / Vancouver, Canada
  • 2009 – Penticton Art Gallery, [Flicker of Life] / Penticton, B.C. Canada. *Curator Paul Crawford.
  • 2010 – B-Gallery, MICHIKO SUZUKI EXHIBITION [I am suddenly transported here] / Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

  • 1978 (’86, ’87, ’88, ’90, ’92) – Kanagawa prefecture exhibition / Kanagawa prefecture hall, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1984 – Sumitomo Miniature Print Exhibition / [Excellent prize], Tokyo
  • 1987 (’93, ’94, ’96) – BOX Exhibition / Sailin Gallery, Kanagawa, Gallery center point, Tokyo Japan
  • 1990 (’92) – ‘Prints’ – Expecting New Printmakers Exhibition / Isetan Art gallery, Tokyo, tour to Australia, Israel
  • 1991 (’94, ’96, ’97, ’00, ’01) – CWAJ Contemporary Print Exhibition / Tokyo American club, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1993 (’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98) – Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan / Tokyo metropolitan museum, Kyoto city museum, Simonoseki city museum, Tsukuba museum, Japan
  • 1993 – Tama Artists society exhibition / Parthenon museum of Tama, Tokyo, Japan [invitation]
  • 1994 – Contemporary Art Festival / Saitama prefecture museum, Saitama, Japan
  • 1994 – Work-1 Print house-OM Exhibition / Machida Graphic museum of city. Machida, Japan
  • 1995 (’97) – Sum-hole Grand prize of Nishiwaki city Exhibition / Nishiwaki city Okanoyama museum. Hyogo, Japan
  • 1995 – Tokorozawa Muse spring Exhibition / Tokorozawa city hall, Saitama, Japan
  • 1996 – Tree person show of Etching / O gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1996 – Hamamatsu city museum Prints Grand prize Exhibition / Hamamatsu city museum, Shizuoka, Japan
  • 1997 – Contemporary Japan Prints Publication Exhibition / Art box Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1997 – 1998 – MIE Prefecture Museum Collection Exhibition / Japan
  • 1997 – Contemporary Seven Japanese Print Artists / Edmonton, Canada
  • 1998 – [Art and Suspense] / Planning: Tsuyuhiko Hinatu (Critic) / Sudo museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1998 – Art Summer ’98 ? The largest summer Exhibition in Estonia / Estonia
  • 2000 – The 2nd TAMA International Print Exhibition CANADA and JAPAN / Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000 – KAWASAKI Art Annual / Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2001 – Mainichi Modern Art Auction 2001 / Tokyo, Japan
  • 2003 – The Breathing Surface (The Contemporary Japanese Print Exhibition.) / Mezzanine Gallery, in the University Theatre Faculty of Fine Arts, the University of Calgary, Canada
  • 2003 – Interconnection – Japan and Alberta (The Contemporary Print Exchange Exhibition) / Gallery San Chun, Calgary, Canada
  • 2004 – Totally Manipulated: Digital Art Today / Vancouver, Canada
  • 2006 – ‘AT THE EDGE’ / Salem Fine arts Center, North Gallery, Wiston-Salem, N.C. U.S
  • 2006 – Further… / Grafikos Galerija, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 2006 – 2007 – Further; Artists from Printmaking at the Edge / Galleria Harmonia, Finland
  • 2007 – Further… Frans Massereel Centrum / Belgium
  • 2007 – Printmaking at the Edge / Gustav Klimt Villa, Vienna, Austria
  • 2007 – Falun Triennial, FURTHER Artist from Printmaking at the Edge / Dalarnas Museum, Sweden [invitation]
  • 2007 – Making an Impression: Invitational Printmaking Exhibition / The ferry building gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2007 – An invitational show / The Lookout gallery (Regent College), Vancouver, Canada

Collaboration Exhibitions

  • 2003 – Interconnection (A collaboration in progress) Michiko Suzuki and Wayne Eastcott / Studio Art Gallery, at Capilano college, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2005 – Interconnection Michiko Suzuki and Wayne Eastcott / Gallery Concept 21, in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2005 – Interconnection Wayne Eastcott and Michiko Suzuki / Elliott Louis Gallery, in Vancouver, Canada
  • 2006 – Interconnection – A Collaboration between Wayne Eastcott and Michiko Suzuki / Bellevue Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Awards

  • 1984 – Sumitomo Miniature Print Exhibition [Excellent Prize] / Tokyo, Japan
  • 1993 – Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan [Bridgestone Art Museum Prize] / Tokyo, Japan
  • 1994 – 4th Annual Exhibition of the Grand Prix Flower Arts [Hyogo Bank Foundation Prize] / Hyogo, Japan
  • 1995 – Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan [Mie prefectural Museum Prize] / Tokyo, Japan
  • 1995 – Exhibition of Tokyo International Mini- Print Triennial’95 [Jury Special Award] / Tokyo, Japan
  • 1998 – International Biennial of SMALL FORT GRAPHIC Vilnius ’98 [First Prize] / Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2002 – The 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints [Semi-Grand Prize] / Kochi, Japan
  • 2002 – The True North SNAP International Print Biennial [2nd Prize] / Edmonton, Canada
  • 2002 – SPACE International Print Biennial SEOUL [Excellent Prize] / Seoul, Korea
  • 2004 – 3rd Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition [First place] / Vancouver, Canada
  • 2008 – The 16th Biennial Sixty Square Inches North American Small Print Exhibition [Purchase Award] / Purdue University Galleries, IN, USA
  • 2008 – 1st International Print Biennial-Istanbul 2008 [Special Prize]/ Istanbul, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2010 – British Columbia Arts Council Grant/ British Columbia, Canada

Works in Collections

  • Bridgestone Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Mie Prefectural Art Museum (Mie, Japan)
  • Tama Art University Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Central Academy of Art (Malaysia)
  • Copper engraving Center (Poland)
  • Art Summer Club (Estonia)
  • Graphic Centre (Lithuania)
  • The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Canada)
  • The University of Alberta Museums (Canada)
  • University of Alberta Print Center (Canada)
  • Japan Koudoshi Industry Company (Japan)
  • True North Energy (Canada)
  • SPACE Group (Korea)
  • Silpakorn University (Thailand)
  • Taiwan Museum of Art (Taiwan)
  • Canadian Embassy (Japan)
  • Capilano college (Canada)
  • Kiyoshikojin-kiyosumi temple (Japan)
  • Purdue University Galleries (USA)
  • Sakima Art Museum (Japan)
  • Isik University (Turkey)
  • Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts (Turkey)
  • Guanlan Original Printmaking Base (China)
  • Penticton Art Gallery (Canada)
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama (Kanagawa, Japan)

Publications, Reviews (except group and international Exhibitions catalogues)

  • [Way for 'traces of water'] SOHGETSU. Aug, 1993. Published by SOHGETSU. Japan
  • [HANGAGEIJYUTSU] No. 90, 1995, published by ABE publishing co. Japan
  • [News paper AKAHATA] 8th Dec, 1995. Japan
  • [Gallery] Nov, 1995. Published by Gallery station. Japan
  • [Let's apply for competition] 1996. Published by gallery station. Japan
  • [Contemporary Printmaking of Japan] 1997. Published by ART BOX International INC. Japan
  • [News paper EDMONTON JOURNAL] Fri, Jul, Nov1997. Canada
  • [HANGAGEIJYUTSU] No.111, 2001, Published by ABE publishing co. Japan
  • [News paper ASAHI TIMES] Apr, 2001. Japan
  • [News paper YOMIURI] 4thApr, 2001. Japan
  • [News paper KOHCHI] 2ndApr, 2002. Japan
  • [NHK Television KOHCHI] Apr, 2002. Japan
  • [Monthly SPACE] 2002, Published by SPACE. Korea
  • [2nd SNAP Fundraising Portfolio] 2002, published by SNAP Gallery. Edmonton, Canada
  • [Newspaper EDMONTON JOURNAL] Fri, 26thApr, 2002. Edmonton, Canada
  • [VIEW WEEKLY] 25th, Apr – 1st May, 2002. Edmonton, Canada
  • [SEE] 25thApr~1stMay, 2002. Edmonton, Canada
  • [CBC Radio interview] Apr, 2002. Edmonton, Canada
  • [INFORMER interview] Oct, 2002. Edmonton, Canada
  • [Directory of Print CD-ROM] published by International Print Triennial Society Krakow, Poland
  • [News paper Vancouver Shinpo] 18thSep, 2003. Vancouver, Canada
  • [HANGAGEIJYUTSU] No.125, 2004. Published by ABE publishing co. Japan
  • HANGAGEIJYUTSU] No.127, 2005. Published by ABE publishing co. Japan
  • [News paper Vancouver Shinpo] 10thNov, 2005. Vancouver, Canada
  • [RADIO NET JAPAN interview] 9thNov, 2005. Vancouver, Canada
  • [News paper Vancouver Shinpo] 12thOct, 2006. Vancouver, Canada
  • [Printmaking at the Edge] 2006. Published by A and C Black. London, UK
  • ['FURTHER' Portfolio] 2007. Published by Winston-Salem State University. Winston-Salem, NC, USA
  • [HANGAGEIJYUTSU] No.137, 2007. Published by ABE Publishing co. Japan
  • [Newspaper Vancouver Shinpo] 24th April, 2008. Canada.
  • [Penticton Western News] 26thFeb, 2009. Canada.
  • [Newspaper Vancouver Shinpo] 14thMay, 2009. Vancouver, Canada.
  • [News paper Bowen Island Undercurrent] 11thSep.
  • Gallery, June, 2012, Japan.
  • [North Shore News] October 17, 2012. North Vancouver, Canada.

Biography

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  • 1954 – Born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2002 – Accepted the invitation from University of Alberta, Printmaking department to be visiting artist
  • 2003 – Accepted the invitation to be the first artist-residence in the Printmaking department, Capilano College
  • 2003 – Visiting lecture, University of British Columbia, printmaking department
  • 2006 – Emigrated to Canada (Permanent Resident status)

Education

  • 1974 – Graduated from former Musashino Art junior college (present Musashino Art University) with honors in Graphic design – Tokyo, Japan
  • 1981 – 1987 – Trained and worked as a Master Printer at Print house OM. / Japan
  • Studied with Musashino Art University’s Pro.Katsuro Yoshida (1943 – 1999), a prominent member of The MONO school of artists. Japan

Artist Statement

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February 11, 2013

A feeler
(Compassion Versus the Volcano)

My work is based on my perception of the world in which the sense of space and distance is shrinking not only in terms of the physical world but also in terms of the mental space that people tend to inhabit in a fast-paced urban society.

Worldwide, many problems make the world shake: riots, the intervention of politics, the lack of freedom of speech, the sex trade of children, bullying, deficiencies of measures to deal with natural calamities and disasters, the menace of cyber/atomic warfare, etc. I think we have lost compassion, personal comprehension and the strong bonds of friendship and love. I believe that the demands of contemporary life leave too little time for mediation or the possibility of contemplating the present moment, resulting in human beings being out of balance. Large numbers of people desire only to get money or to work to make a living. Life is hard!

Since 1998, I have been using the title: “A feeler”, that means “a person who touches, feels and beholds”. I hope that the viewer will try to see art. It is a way of looking at life.

Fifteen years ago, I started making the “A feeler” series on a large scale because I very much wanted to equalize printmaking and painting. Today it is not uncommon for many printmakers to make large-scale prints.

Derrick De Kerckhove says that “in this age in which Internet technology is spreading throughout the world, we are moving to a new stage of intelligence.” Printmaking media, influenced by digital technology, is developing (moving into) a newer landscape.

Thinking back, in a time capsule, of my former large works, I feel a sense of human touch, a sort of comprehension and fertile imagination.

Finally, I hope that the viewer of my art may reflect upon their life – Compassion (Comprehension) versus the Volcano (Provocation).

I would like to evoke compassion and serenity, in a disharmonious world.

Michiko Suzuki
February 11, 2013

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I am thinking about visible and invisible things when I am talking about my work. It could be that Art ultimately represents invisible things. Also Art is a balancer of your mind.

This solo exhibition’s title, “Floating World”, means, pictures of the present. Human beings life is short, but the stream of the river probably will not change, even when we die. Present life is a transient dream. We are just living between a dream and reality.

When watching something of this world I consider the positions of both present time and past. Also, I suppose that I can take the middle position represented by printmaking. It is neither painting not sculpture, but has a neutral position, a kind of distance (even from myself). I would like to make works of a neutral reality by printmaking. For example I make neutral photographic images using pinhole camera techniques, or I take photographs of water, or in a foggy place making use of the effects of light. Also, I am trying to show the actual feeling of the existence of my prints, so I combine the different qualities and surfaces of toner etching, silkscreen, live hand drawing etc.

My recent work has been inspired and motivated by the poetry of May Sarton, a famous American poetess. It was a big change in my life when I moved from Japan. It seemed I shifted into another dimension. It is still very difficult to express my deep ideas in English. This inconvenience attracted me to an interest in words and poetry. I could take a step forward into a new life and get encouragement with the poetry of May Sarton.

Words helped me to represent my ideas of that “invisible something”. Transparent silk-screened images, transfer drawings written in shaky English and images of floating calligraphy in water- these seal eternal time on precious paper.

The works in this exhibition all seem to have a different focus. However, I show this variety of works to the viewer who can, at last, be able to realize Suzuki’s ideas- a plan maybe like a mystery movie or a novel. These images, at first sight, don?t connect with each other, but finally they will be completed with your brain, emotions, sensitivity and experience.

MICHIKO SUZUKI – APRIL 24, 2008

 

 

Gallery

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