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En Gallery Presents "Abundant Harvest: Recent Works by Kaoru Mansour"
For our spring exhibition, we are delighted to present the work of Kaoru Mansour, a Japanese artist based in Los Angeles, whose work is a celebration of the abundance of nature and our bounteous spiritual, cultural and artistic connections to it.
Many of Mansour’s recent mixed media works are built up of multiple layers of acrylic and collaged details on wooden panels and canvas, and employ artistic techniques and botanical subjects firmly rooted, as it were, in the soil of Southern California. In fact, many of the subjects she features are taken from her own garden in Tujunga. Yet, over the decades, as Mansour has experimented with motifs, composition and pigments, her works acquired an increasingly Japanese rhythm. Motifs balance harmoniously with areas of empty space, and the choice and treatment of her subjects – like a solitary crow or finch perched pensively on a branch – often evokes the lavish gold-leaf screen paintings of Japanese masters.
In addition, Mansour’s collages are inspired by the Japanese concept of sonaemono – offerings made to the Buddha, the spirits of nature and family ancestors. Branches of loquat and lemon trees hang heavy with fruit, birds perch on the limbs, resting their wings and nibbling at berries, glistening chandeliers are suspended from tree limbs, and bowls heaped with fruit remind us of the bounty of spring and our intimate relationship with the natural world around us.
More of Kaoru Mansour’s work can be found at www.kaorumansour.com.
About the En Gallery at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
In Japanese, the word “en” written with one character (園) can mean garden. Written with a dif- ferent character (縁), “en” can signify the special, and often mysterious, bond that connects people. It also refers to the verandah – a space that exists between inside and outside. Located in the house looking out on the garden, the gallery will feature exhibitions of art relating to nature, spirituality, wellness and relationships. The exhibitions will spotlight work by artists from all around the world and in a range of diverse styles, and will be curated by Meher McArthur, an Asian art historian and Creative Director of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden.
Admission to the reception is free with reservations. The exhibition runs through June 1st and may be viewed during the garden’s open hours or you may make an appointment with the curator by emailing email@example.com.
The works in all of our exhibitions are for sale, and part of the proceeds will benefit the garden’s educational and cultural programming.