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Teresita Fernández + Hosoo: Nishijin Sky

This exhibition was a collaborative work between the contemporary artist Teresita Fernández, who expresses her visual experiences of landscapes and natural phenomena through sculpture and site-specific installations, and Masataka Hosoo, the twelfth generation successor of Hosoo, a Nishijin-ori manufacturer respected internationally for textiles produced with innovative techniques. Hiroshi Kanaya, the chief artisan of Hosoo, greatly supported the project by leading the weavers.  


Using the world’s only weaving machine of its kind, invented by Hosoo, a kinrandonsu (gold-brocaded satin damask) tapestry was woven that featured a landscape by Fernández. From the front, the tapestry is translucent, but the back surface shimmers with gold and cannot be seen through. The 1.9-meter-high and 6-meter-wide tapestry mounted in a brass frame was hung from the ceiling. Together with the viewers and the trees outside, the installation became a work of art that connected people and the environment.  


Through presenting a work of such cultural diversity, such as found in the traditions of art and craft in the United States and Japan, this exhibition explores the harmony that exists between thought and creation, art and craft, concept and physical representation.    




Date: October 2, 2014 – January 16, 2015

Venue: Entrance Lounge, 1F Ningenkan, Kyoto University of the Arts and mountain garden  

Organizer: Kyoto University of the Arts 


Weaving Fabrication: HOSOO (Masataka Hosoo, Hiroshi Kanaya)  

Frame Fabrication: Kitagawa Kosakusho (Masashi Kiwagawa, Akira Kitagawa)  

Fabrication Cooperation: Kaikado (Takahiro Yagi)  

Space installation: Super Factory (Makoto Sano, Koji Nakao)  

Graphic design: cozfish (Shin Sobue)  

Curator: Kayo Tokuda (WATER AND ART)       

Photo: Noboru Morikawa

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