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Photo: Kenji Mimura

2 October - 23 November 2014

Yusuke Asai: yamatane

Japanese artist Yusuke Asai keeps things simple: he paints with different types of mud, dust, soil, and other natural materials he finds locally. He became known internationally when images of his work in a classroom at the Niranjana School in Bihar, India spread across the Internet. Asai was invited by Tokyo’s non-profit organization Wall Art Project to transform the classroom into a place of inspiration for children. His immersive, ephemeral wall painting was made from seven different kinds of soil Asai collected in India. What had been the ground beneath people’s feet became an imaginative forest full of creatures, animals, people, and lush pattern crawling across the walls and ceiling.

Come see Yusuke Asai transform Houston’s swampy soil!

Yusuke Asai, Earth Painting / Countless Stories (in progress), 2012. Wall Art Festival 2012, Bodhgaya, India. Photo by Kenji Mimura. Courtesy of Wall Art Festival, ARATANIURANO

25 October 2014

Words & Art Workshop

1:00 pm, Rice Gallery To become a featured reader:

Visit the new installation yanatane by Yusuke Asai at Rice Gallery. Write something based on or inspired by the art. Open to all forms: poetry, prose, essay, flash fiction, etc. One page limit. If you need help getting started, attend a free Writing Workshop at Rice Gallery, Saturday, October 25th, 1 pm. RSVP to the workshop at the Words & Art Facebook page.

Copyright Nash Baker

29 October 2014

Professors' Perspectives: Alida C. Metcalf

Alida C. Metcalf
Harris Masterson, Jr. Professor of History
History Department Chair

Talk at noon at Rice Gallery

Professor Alida Cetcalf will show affinities between Yusuke Asai’s yamatane installation and Mesoamerican maps of the sixteenth century. Metcalf studies historical cartography and Rio de Janeiro, and she is finishing a book on cartographers in the sixteenth-century Atlantic world. She also co-directs with Fares el-Dahdah and Verena Andreatta, a digital humanities project on the social and architectural history of Rio de Janeiro.

Copyright Nash Baker

11 November 2014

Professors' Perspectives: Adrienne Correa

Adrienne Correa
Faculty Lecturer
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Program
BioSciences at Rice

Talk at noon at Rice Gallery

Yusuke Asai’s installation uses soil to depict worlds within worlds full of people, plants and animals. Ecologist and evolutionary biologist Adrienne Correa will discuss examples of ecosystems that exist all around us, such as the dirt in our garden or neighborhood park. Correa studies coral reef environments and the critical role microbes play in relation to their host organisms who these microbes live on and inside of.

Yusuke Asai, Provenance Mountain, 2012. Countless Stories, Living Boldly, Repeat, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan. Courtesy of ARATANIURANO

12 November 2014

Words & Art Reading

7:00pm, Rice Gallery

Come join us for poetry readings inspired by Yusuke Asai’s new installation!

To become a featured reader:

  1. Visit the new installation yamatane by Yusuke Asai at Rice Gallery.
  2. Write something based on or inspired by the art. Open to all forms: poetry, prose, essay, flash fiction, etc. One page limit. If you need help getting started, attend a free Writing Workshop at Rice Gallery, Saturday, October 25th, 1 pm. RSVP to the workshop at the Words & Art Facebook page.
  3. Email submissions to mswemple@gmail.com by Friday, June 13th.
  4. RSVP to the reading at the Words & Art Facebook page.
  5. Bring your writing and your friends to the Words & Art reading at Rice Gallery.

Copyright Nash Baker

19 November 2014

Professors' Perspectives: Natasha Bowdoin

Natasha Bowdoin
Assistant Professor
Visual and Dramatic Arts

Talk at noon at Rice Gallery

Using the animals in Yusuke Asai’s yamatane installation as a starting point, Professor and artist Natasha Bowdoin will discuss the power and meaning associated with representing animals in art. Presenting source material she has collected form trickster figure stories, to human/animal transformation masks, totems, and 19th century scientific illustrations, Bowdoin will discuss the importance of natural observation and transformation. She will also discuss how these images and ideas, collected across cultures, have influenced her own work.

30 January - 15 March 2015

New Installation by Atelier Bow-Wow

New Installation by Japanese architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajiima of Atelier Bow-Wow, in collaboration with students of the Rice School of Architecture.