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Migration by Junko Iijima

Exhibition  /  08 Sep 2016  -  09 Oct 2016
Published: 05.09.2016
Junko Iijima. Installation: Migration, 2016. Iron and brass. Detail. Junko Iijima
Installation: Migration, 2016
Iron and brass

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Intro
Iijima’s installation represents an exploration of the melding and divergence of cultural signifiers from Japan with global popular culture.Created during her second Arts/Industry iron-casting residency at the Kohler Company in Wisconsin, this series of small iron and brass sculptures draws formal inspiration from the traditional Japanese Nanbu tea kettle, as well as American pop aesthetics.

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Junko Iijima
On her most recent body of work, the artist states:
I am attracted to objects that retain their cultural identities, obvious stereotypes. I observe and investigate the mixing of cultures through their commodities; how objects from different cultures influence and impact one another, in particular, the intertwining of the contemporary culture of Japan, where I’m from, and America, where I live. Through my work, I explore the cultural and social underpinnings of both decorative and functional objects. Recently I have been exploring traditional cast-iron patterning from Japanese Nanbu Ironware (best known as black iron tea kettle) while considering pop culture forms. Small bronze sculptures and the drawings demonstrate the melding of cultural signifiers through commodities, and are part of an on-going study and examination of visual languages; creating hybrids of the past and present, from the East and the West.
 
Iijima came to the United States as a high school exchange student from Tokyo, Japan. Fascinated by the diversity of American culture and the US educational system, Iijima remained in the states and received her Masters in Metalsmithing from the University of Oregon. She currently teaches Metalsmithing and 3D Foundation courses at several colleges in the Portland, Oregon area.
 

Opening

An opening reception with the artist will take place on Friday, September 9 from 6-8pm.
Junko Iijima. Installation: Migration, 2016. Iron . Detail. Junko Iijima
Installation: Migration, 2016
Iron 

Detail

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Junko Iijima. Installation: Migration, 2016. Iron . Detail. Junko Iijima
Installation: Migration, 2016
Iron 

Detail

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Junko Iijima. Installation: Migration, 2016. Iron and brass. Detail. Junko Iijima
Installation: Migration, 2016
Iron and brass

Detail

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Junko Iijima. Installation: Migration, 2016. Iron . Detail. Junko Iijima
Installation: Migration, 2016
Iron 

Detail

© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
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