Floating Realities: The Art of Masami Teraoka
January 28, 2017 – March 2, 2017
Curator: Begovich Gallery Director, Mike McGee
About the Exhibition
Masami Teraoka is a celebrated Japanese American artist who is best known for his paintings that adeptly simulate traditional Japanese pictorial imagery and techniques while engaging ideas about Western ethos. During his more than five decades long career, Teraoka has engaged issues such as Western obsession with commercialization, AIDS awareness, eroticism, globalization, politics, abuse in the Catholic Church, and the plight of the Pussy Riot Girls. His art is always elegant and meticulously crafted with an intensive attention to detail. His subject matter is in turns poignantly serious and playfully humorous.
The exhibition focused on the Japanese influences in Teraoka’s work by exhibiting his drawings and paintings alongside examples of historical Japanese prints and paintings.