The Dixon Gallery building is closed for renovation, so they have installed a sculpture exhibition on the grounds to keep us busy in the meantime. Jun Kaneko is a Japanese-born ceramic artist currently living in the United States. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens website calls this "the most ambitious outdoor sculpture exhibition in Dixon history."
The day I went there was a heat index of 105F, and they provided a fan as I entered:
The sculptures were spaced throughout the gardens. It was a wonderful way to view them. While I was there, a man gave me some helpful tips on photography vantage points. He said he worked there and had taken a lot of photos. That was so thoughtful of him! And I was taking pictures with my old Nikon Coolpix camera, which has some aspects that work better than others (and some that don't work at all), so I needed all the advice I could get.
I'll definitely go back. They are so much fun to see, and they fit in so well in the expansive garden environment.
The Memphis Flyer has been covering the installation. There was an article in May. An article from early June says,
The exhibition features the work of sculptor and ceramicist Jun Kaneko. Kaneko is based in Omaha, Nebraska, where he operates the world's largest non-industrial kiln. ... The sculptures currently occupy sightlines throughout the gardens, drawing attention to sometimes overlooked aspects of the landscape. ... Kaneko's sculptures have to be seen in person to be understood. You have to gaze up at them, stand in their shadow, to get the full effect of Kaneko's fields of colorful glazes, punctuated by excited patterns. Kaneko credits the works' playfulness to time spent in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Japanese-born artist also says that he draws heavily from Eastern concepts of energy flow.Memphis Parent Magazine recommends it; the pieces are touchable, after all.
The sculptures will be here until 11/22, so I can enjoy them for months to come. What a wonderful exhibition to host while the museum is closed!
There is video of an inspiring lecture he gave at the Minneapolis Institute of Art here. You can see him at work and see more of his varied art here: