June 13-19, 2002 | Philadelphia Citypaper [art picks]
Keiko Miyamori - IMAGINA
By Debra Auspitz

Born in Japan but currently living in the States (where her grandmother was born), Keiko Miyamori was trained in traditional Japanese painting. That art form's use of natural products for paper and pigments inspires her work now, as she continues to explore nature's everyday objects as the basis for works of art. Her latest installation, IMAGINA, uses the stump of a tree left after the demolition of a housing project near Project Room, where the work will be installed. Miyamori asked for the stump and extracted pieces of brick, metal and glass embedded in the wood following the demolition. The stump and the debris are all a part of her installation. Miyamori's artist statement explains that using Project Room for such a work indicates the progress in this part of Philadelphia – soon, rather than vacant demolition sites, Miyamori hopes to see more spaces like Project Room filling the neighborhood. The installation's opening on June 14 features a video by Abbe Klebanoff documenting IMAGINA'A creation.

IMAGINA, June 14-July 26, opening reception with video, Fri., June 14, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Project Room, 960 N. Eighth St., 215-413-3101.