“Through the Donkey’s Eyes”: Presentation by artists Tomoko Nakazato and Matt Rechs


Tomoko Nakazato and Matt Rechs, talented young artists will share their recent works via a show & tell presentation on Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Donkey Mill Art Center. Nakazato and Rechs celebrate their third year residency originally invited as part of the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation.

The free evening’s activities include a show and tell style presentation, art pieces from both artists (ceramics, prints, drawings) and art installations specific to their Donkey Mill residency experience. The public is welcome to join Donkey Mill members and friends the artists have met along the way for a wine and pupu potluck.

Matt Rechs
Originally from Sacramento, Rechs grew up in the Historic “Gold Country” city of Grass Valley, California. He studied Ceramic Art at Sacramento State University and later San Francisco State University, deriving techniques from Professors Robert Brady, Peter Vandenburg, Jeff Downing, and David Kuraoka. His work is mainly comprised of wheel thrown forms made of high fire earthenware. Rechs graduated with a B.A. in Ceramics from San Francisco State University, learning the traditional techniques and philosophical aspects of ceramic arts. His work consists mainly of meditative wheel thrown forms fired using various methods raku, and pit-fire techniques

“Archeologists are able to piece together clues about our past through the study of ancient ceramic artifacts. Ceramics is an incredibly indelible medium. When working in clay I seek to respect the integrity of those who have explored this medium before me, and also embody my experience of this civilization into clay for the next generation to discover,” expressed Rechs.

Tomoko Nakazato
Nakazato creates animated ceramic sculptures that are influenced by pop culture, yet pays homage to figurative ceramic traditions. Her sculptures reflect her cultural heritages and social conditions. She uses both throwing and hand-building techniques to swiftly process her ideas, which creates freshness in her work and preserves the expressive nature of the clay. Nakazato, a native of Japan, graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2004. Her work has been exhibited around the Bay Area, California and Hawaii.

For more info: www.donkeymillartcenter.org

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