Reclaimed Creations uses recycled plastics to explore the natural
world and challenge perspectives
This fall, explore the amazing sculptures of Sayaka Ganz which the artist describes as “3D impressionism.”
Ganz utilizes reclaimed plastic objects, such as discarded utensils, to create sculptures of animals, birds, and sea creatures in motion which are rich in color and energy. Although the works are pieced together from many disparate materials, when viewed from a distance, they appear visibly unified, as if they were painted with brush strokes. The exhibit explores how harmony can be perceived even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside. Experience how your perception can change when you step back from current problems and look at the larger picture.
The exhibit also inspires visitors to contemplate the natural world, our habits of using and discarding the earth’s limited resources, and the impact of human behavior on the environment. In addition, Ganz presents her work within the context of a “Shinto animist belief that all things in the world have spirits,” causing viewers to consider whether plastic materials also have spirits. Reclaimed Creations is suitable for all ages.
Reclaimed Creations will be on view at the Asian Arts Gallery at Towson University’s Center for the Arts from September 19-December 8 (closed Nov. 27-31) at 7700 Osler Drive in Towson, MD. Gallery hours are 11am-4pm, Monday through Saturday. Gallery admission is free. Ms. Ganz will be present and offer a gallery talk on the exhibition opening day, Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm.
Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has lectured widely and she taught design and drawing courses at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne between 2002 and 2012. Sayaka Ganz was the subject of a video entitled “SAYAKA GANZ: Danz Della Natura,” produced by the Hermann Geiger Foundation which is available at: https://player.vimeo.com/video/62684324.
Enjoy the amazing sculptures of Sayaka Ganz that have been displayed at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, and the Isle Gallery, Isle of Man. Commissions of work by Sayaka Ganz include a series of four marine life sculptures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and an underwater scene with right whale and various schools of fish in the atrium of the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, Florida.
Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations” is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.
ASIAN ARTS & CULTURE CENTER AT TU
The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University engages the university and surrounding communities in cross-cultural dialogue through a broad range of artistic and cultural learning experiences related to Asia. Programs increase understanding of the world's diverse cultures, challenge stereotypes, strengthen cultural competency, and offer unique perspectives on creativity and the human experience.
Learn more about these and another fall 2019 events and exhibitions at www.events.towson.edu.
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