HOUSTON, TX – Nicole Longnecker Gallery presents dual exhibitions: Harumi Shimazu in coordination with Yuki Miyamoto of Art Alliance/Tokyo and Linde Pieper and Seth Daulton featuring new print works from both artists. The exhibitions run from July 8 to August 19, 2017. There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, July 8, from 5-8pm. Harumi Shimazu will also have an artist talk on Wednesday, July 12 at 6pm.
SYNOPSIS: Harumi Shimazu’s exhibition will feature a site-specific installation featuring glass balls that seem to float from the gallery ceiling and blend into the floor. She views nature as a vast living organism, and tries to represent the energy of life and the ephemeral beauty in nature in both here installations and two-dimensional work. In her own words, “Fragments of wax like flower petals are fluttering in the room. Glass balls are floating and swaying in space and they catch the light and reflect the room in their surfaces. I'm trying to represent the beauty and sadness of life with fragile materials.”
The companion exhibit features print-based works from two exciting artists; Linde Pieper and Seth Daulton. Both artists use abstract based images explore the use of colored overlapping hues to manipulate the balance of background and foreground. Their differing methodologies makes for a unique visual discussion.
“I’m very excited to offer Houston the opportunity to see Harumi Shimazu’s delicate installation and her luminous encaustic works,” said gallery owner Nicole Longnecker. “The artist talk on Wednesday, July 12, should be a great opportunity to hear about Harumi’s influences and techniques. Her work is very special.”
HARUMI SHIMAZU: Harumi Shimazu is a visual artist based in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated with a degree in painting at Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2005. In her painting she has examined motifs based on the natural world, specifically flowers, plants and vegetables, and uses microscopic imagery as source material for her near abstract works.
More recently she has been working on site–specific installations and encaustic paintings, exhibiting domestically and internationally. She views nature as a vast living organism, and tries to represent the energy of life and the ephemeral beauty in nature. Through the work, she attempts to evoke or connect with the origin of life, primitive memories and the universe.
LINDE PIEPER: Linde Pieper studied design and illustration at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts The Hague and Graphics at the Institute of Art and Design in Norwich, England.
“I explore my visual language through different forms of printmaking. The pace at which I create and choose the printing plates is slow and considered. This allows me to declutter my thoughts and reflect. Over many years I have built up an extensive library of plates, which I can dip into as needed, each one an individual memory of a place and time in the past. My ‘plates’ can be anything from copper to wood to plastic to cardboard to actual objects collected over time. Some were made deliberately, others marked by ‘life’ in the studio while being moved around from one place to another. Some are the backs of plates, forgotten and not protected. Some are made out of the very packing materials which have moved me around the world. By finding a way to make them work together, I am able to make sense of the past in the present.”
SETH DAULTON: Seth Daulton is a Georgetown, Texas artist who works in both print and drawing. He holds an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University and BFA in Graphic Design from Baylor University.
Recent exhibitions include PrintMatters Summer Invitational (Houston, TX), Edinboro National Printmaking Competition (Edinboro, PA), You Have Died of Dysentery: The Oregon Trail Revisited (Portland, OR), Terra Incognita (Bloomington, IN), Premio Acqui International Biennale of Engraving (Aqui Terme, Italy), PrintMakers in collaboration with PrintAustin 2014 (Georgetown, TX), 23rd Parkside National Print Exhibition (Parkside, WS), Pacific States Biennale National Print Exhibition (Hilo, HI), and 33rd Bradley International Print and Drawing Show (Peoria, IL).