Noritaka Tatehana: Refashioning Beauty

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Southwest Portland
When
Oct. 5–Dec. 1, 2019
10:00am–4:00pm
Cost Included with garden admission - Adult: $18.95; Senior (65+): $16.25; Student (with ID): $15.25; Youth (6-17): $13.50; Child (5 and under): Free
Where
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

Portland Japanese Garden presents the art of Noritaka Tatehana in his first-ever North American solo exhibition. Installed in the Pavilion and Tanabe Galleries located within the manicured grounds of the renowned Gardens, Tatehana enchants through his use of traditional symbols of sophistication and beauty with the inclusion of new, never-before-seen artworks created especially for this exhibition. Co-curated by the Garden’s Curator of Art, Laura J. Mueller, Ph.D. and Christina Cacouris, a journalist and curator based in New York, the exhibition showcases Tatehana’s sculptural and two-dimensional works of art and design that are created by employing the most refined Japanese craftsmanship, re-imagining the timeless appeal of these celebrated symbols for contemporary audiences.

Appropriating traditional signs of Japanese elegance and refinement, Tatehana removes these signs from their original historical context of past centuries and amplifies their symbolic meaning in his art. He emphasizes the practice of takumi (匠), or “master craftsmanship,” grounding his work in the virtuosity of execution. In his seminal Heel-less Shoes Series, the raised platform sandals denoting the highest-level courtesans are taken from the cobble pathways of the Yoshiwara entertainment district of Edo (present-day Tokyo) in the 18th and 19th centuries and re-imagined with hand-crafted precision to grace the feet of current society’s most fashion-forward celebrities like Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness.

As part of the opening weekend, Tatehana will give an artist lecture, Crafting the Art of Japan’s Future, on October 5. This exhibition is in conjunction with Portland Fashion Week 2019 (October 2-6 at the Old Church Concert Hall in Downtown Portland). Portland’s premier annual Fashion Week draws established and emerging fashion design professionals from around the globe. It is one of the oldest in the U.S. and is considered to be the most sustainably produced Fashion Week in the world.

Presenting Sponsors: Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer. Additional support provided by the Regional Arts & Culture Council; the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; and Yamato Transport U.S.A., Inc.

From Oregon Arts Watch:

"A futuristic fashion designer famous for his extravagant “heel-less” shoes, worn by such stars as Lady Gaga, Tatehana also is a fine artist whose work shows off his technical skills and his take on traditional Japanese craft. His first solo show in the United States will feature sculptures and fashions inspired by Edo-era courtesans and the classic novel of medieval Japan, “The Tale of Genji.” The show coincides with Portland Fashion Week and will feature lectures by the artist during opening week."

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