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Coffee @ Ten: Good Hart Artist in Residence, Mami Takahashi
On Tuesday, June 26, join Crooked Tree Arts Center for the Coffee @ Ten lecture with the Good Hart Artist in Residence, Mami Takahashi.
Mami Takahashi is a Japanese interdisciplinary artist, who integrates traditional and contemporary approaches in ideas, methods, and media to address perspectives on foreignness and Americanness. As a non-native English user and recent immigrant to the U.S., she incorporates her cultural awkwardness, and her often clumsy English usage into visual practices. She shares the struggle non-native English speakers face when communicating with native English speakers, and the limits imposed through these interactions. Takahashi uses multiple methods of art-making, such as painting, craft-making, digital video, performance, language-based works, and sound, frequently creating large-scale installations that explore the boundaries of social norms between cultures.
Takahashi received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from Portland State University (Portland, OR) in 2013. She earned a BFA in Japanese Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design (Japan), where she was awarded a prize for her thesis work. Takahashi also obtained an Associate of Fine Art in Aesthetics from Aoyama-gakuin Women’s College (Tokyo, Japan). Currently, she is a research scholar at the University of Oregon, focusing on the conceptual understanding of Japanese aesthetics. Her work has been collected and exhibited internationally at the following art establishments: Toriizaka Art, Japan; Gwangju Fork Art Museum, South Korea; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Canada; International Museum, Texas; 510 Museum & ARTspace, Oregon; and Littman Gallery, Oregon.
During the lecture, Takahashi will talk about her art-making practice in Japan and her work in the U.S. She will discuss what she has discovered about differences and similarities between the two cultures, and explain the project she is working on during her Good Hart Artist Residency.
Join Crooked Tree on Tuesday, July 24 for the upcoming Coffee @ Ten lecture, “Where the Magic Happens” with Susan Offield, one of CTAC’s exhibiting summer artists. Offield’s show, “Seeing and Being Seen: The Works of Susan Offield,” is on display through August 18.
Coffee @ Ten is sponsored in part by Roast and Toast and Johan’s of Petoskey. The Coffee @ Ten series is free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary, and all lectures begin at 10 a.m.
For more information, contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337 or visit www.crookedtree.org. Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey.