The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University will offer two new exhibits by student artist James Dewey and visiting artist and professor Kousei Tamaya during the month of January in the library’s Hallway Gallery and Auditorium Gallery.
Dewey’s exhibit, “The (Con)fusion of (Dis)placement,” displays collages made from maps, puzzle pieces, photographs and other materials from his journeys during the past eight years in Brazil, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Syria.
Dewey created the collages, or “non-maps” as he calls them, from items he collected and combined to de-familiarize the familiar.
Tamaya calls his exhibit “The Art of Flame: Never to Be Replicated” because his sculptural productions are not determined by his control and may turn out differently than his original intentions once placed in the fire.
“The only elements I actually control are the type of clay I use, the shape into which I form the clay, and the chemicals I select for the glaze,” he said. “After I place my pieces in the kiln, it is entirely up to nature and flame to do the rest.”
Tamaya received his art and design education in Japan and has exhibited his work throughout the Far East. His collection of vases, bowls and figurines contain a glaze that he formulated to change and transform the colors depending on the light and angle of the pieces.
Both exhibits can be seen during library hours through the end of the month. These and recent exhibits can also be seen on the library’s web page at www.library.byu.edu/art.
For more information, contact Mike Hooper at (801) 422-6687.
Writer: Michael Hooper