Mai Ryuno | MOMENTS
January 24- February 28, 2015
TITLE: Mai Ryuno | MOMENTS
DATES: Sept 12- Oct 31
LAUNCH PARTY: Sept 12, 6- 8pm
PLACE: Green Chalk Contemporary
616 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940
Green Chalk Contemporary is pleased to present MOMENTS, Mai Ryuno's inspiration and collaboration with nature. She collects memories and weaves them into stories for the unforeseeable future. This show is part of her ongoing project ANCESTRAL OBSERVATIONS: DEMYSTIFICATION OF MAGICAL POWERS inspired by her experiences living and working in the affected areas of the disasters in Japan.
MOMENTS includes paintings, drawings and prints which indicate the times and conditions of past and future disasters in California and Japan.
Since the moment when the huge 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit her home country of Japan, Ryuno has become acutely aware of every living moment. Spontaneity is the hallmark of Ryuno's work where accidental happenings from daily life affect her creative process. A reflection of pajamas tossed on a couch creates a color pattern onto a silver leaf surface waiting to be painted which leads to unexpected and spontaneous changes.
Mai Ryuno was born in Fukuoka, Japan. She came to the United States as an exchange student to Amherst College, MA. This experience was pivotal in her decision to later move to the US to earn her MFA in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute after completing her BA in English at the Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. Ryuno later returned to Japan to work on an innovative educational initiative by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and Fukushima University. She worked in collaborative educational projects for revitalization of the Tohoku region where the Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit in 2011. Currently, she lives in Pacific Grove, CA.