Critics Pick – 02/02/11

Sculptor Jun Kaneko

By Jud Yalkut

Internationally acclaimed artist Jun Kaneko has a solo exhibition of sculptures, paintings and drawings on view at the Carl Solway Gallery, 424 Findlay St. in Cincinnati, through April 23. Kaneko is known in the Dayton area for his elegant and contemporary sets and costumes for the recent Dayton Opera’s production of “Madame Butterfly” and the accompanying exhibitions of designs and costumes at the Dayton Visual Arts Center and the Dayton Art Institute. His “Dangos” (Japanese for “rounded forms”) can be as high as 13 feet and his abstract paintings are also large in scope, with the drawings being more intimate. This Nagoya native has his studio in Omaha, Nebraska, and he studied with Peter Voulkos in Berkeley and Paul Soldner of Claremont College who both were instrumental in defining the contemporary ceramics movement.

The gallery is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon – 5 p.m. Saturday. (513) 621-0069.

NY born, moved to Ohio in 1973 to be Assistant Professor of Art at Wright State University (1973-1977); in NYC taught at School for Visual Arts, York College of the City University, and NYU Continuing Ed; six-time recipient of OAC Individual Artist Fellowings (including one in Criticism); 2005 Ohioana Citation in the Visual Arts in Ohio; 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District.

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