Exhibitions | 1999
Bob & Fox Gallery - University of Pennsylvania

Left to right: "A Night Becomes a Day", "Twig in plug", "Exhibition View"

This show was exhibited at Bob & Fox Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, presented by MFA Forum "Images of Nature CECILIA PAREDES / KEIKO MIYAMORI - visiting residence artists at Graduate program."

Layers of Space
by David Bowes

The transferred objects is nothing more than a surface impression, and that is what connects it to the rest of the world. This connection is one of layers of spaces."
- Keiko Miyamori

A thin, arching transmission-branch spans two chairs, composing what can be seen as a "wrapped magnetic field", passing between object and objet. No one sits here; in a conversation which never took place.

This is Keiko Miyamori's medium of expressing exchange. Abandoned chairs sit. Plus, like the thousands used daily to draw electrons from far away, sprout on their own, toward the power of the sun. Forgotten objects re-evolve, reaching back to nature with the same conductivity that gave them "life" before they became commodities.

Exhibition View
Elements of vegetable, animal, and mineral cover the objects and re-make them. The traditional Japanese employment of carbon, a crucial component of Miyamori'swork, is passed over the surface of each object, creating a new layer with each pass. These are charcoal-rubbings, or "frottage." Frottaged papers that hang like libraries, created in places apart, are strung together, next to the spaces between them. It is this space that Keiko seeks to convey a message of imagination and creation; spaces existing in our minds and memories. These works are from "elsewhere" a dialog of spaces.

About Keiko Miyamori
by MFA Forum

Keiko Miyamori studied at the University of Tsukuba. After getting MFA, she won the Grand prize of Painting and later the Grand prize for Art in Paper, both in Japan. Before coming to Pen in October 1998, her works were presented as a winner of the installation artist at the Kasumi Tsukuba Center, one of the famous buildings designed by Michel Graves in Japan. In addition, to her work exhibited here, she has completed a project with The Children's Hospital, which involved the interchange of Keiko's work of frottage, rubbings of charcoal on paper of objects or places, in response to the requests of sick children and the frottage that these children made of objects from the hospital environment. In April 1999, she exhibited the result of this project on the hospital premises.