This unique exhibition was a grand collaboration between seven institutions in North and South Carolina and ten contemporary Japanese artists. The artists lived in the Carolinas for six-week residencies, creating work using natural materials or processes and were installed at their host institutions.

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Sumter Opens
[posted 5.19.07]

Force of Nature: A Capstone Exhibition, opened to excited and awed crowds on the 28th of last month. On hand for the festivities were Motoi Yamamoto and his wife Atsuko. Motoi spent several weeks installing over 5500 pounds of salt in the galleries. Representatives from all of the partner institutions also made the journey to Sumter for the event.

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exhibition events


Selected Events From Part I




Reception at UNC-Charlotte, 6pm, by invitation - performance of ...Drift...for solo piano - composed by Ronald Keith Parks - Written for pianist Tomoko Deguchi, commissioned by Force of Nature



An Incomplete History: Women Photographers from Japan 1864-1997 Quattlebaum Lecture by Noriko Fuku, 7PM Recital Hall (HICA)



Opening Reception, Halsey Institute and CAC-Charleston, 5 -7PM



Opening Reception, McColl Center for Visual Arts, 6 - 8PM



Opening Reception, Davidson College, 7-9PM



Opening Reception, (WUG), 6:30 - 8PM



Process & Practice: A Curator’s Perspective Lecture by Mark Sloan, 7:30PM, Recital Hall (HICA)


Part II



Opening - Sumter Gallery of Art 5 - 7PM

Followed by artist lecture at 7. Details »