The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC opens an exhibit on November 15, 2017 on "Art from the Garden: Ceramics & Sculptures by Marc Peter Keane." The show runs through December 27, 2017.
Keane, a landscape architect whose artworks are inspired by nature and draw from Japanese traditional culture. The current exhibit of his works is called bontei, or "tray garden." Each is a reflection of the natural world made from simple objects. Stones and plants are incorporated in the artworks and presented on trays, with particular attention to time and space. "In these works," he says, "I am not trying to create gardens in miniature but rather to distill from the culture of Japanese gardens some essential aspects and reapply those as the basis of the sculptural process."
Keane lived and worked in Kyoto for nearly 20 years and he has designed and built many private gardens for individual clients, companies, and temples.
Keane will discuss his works on November 15 at the JICC from 6:30-8pm. Registration is required at https://artfromthegarden.eventbrite.com