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Art Exhibition by Nishiki Sugawara-Beda at Execute Project

Execute Project “Tonality” by Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

In March 2019, Execute Project gallery opened its first art exhibition that features works by Nishiki Sugawara-Beda. In the art exhibition titled “Tonality,” paintings and sculpture installation have been presented by artist. It is the first exhibition out of the four planned for the year and it is currently holding in the space created. Through her work, Nishiki Sugawara-Beda explores the power of mark-making—a spiritually engaged mark-making. Nishiki consciously applies marks, create forms and patterns that represent her mindless state of mind and emotions.

Art Exhibition That’s Music To Your Ears Presented by Execute Project

While the wire keeps its form, it also offers the appearance of a grid system which not only adds a visual complexity but also refers to practicing papers for young leaners of Japanese and Chinese characters.

“Each sculpture is made of mesh wire as a structural foundation to form a Mobius strip, then strips of rice paper were carefully applied with rice glue (papier-mâché). The wire supports the Mobius strip to retain its shape and papier-mâché reinforces the stability. Seals were stamped on small piece of papers and applied on top of the surface of the strip. The meanings of the seals, the contents of the characters, revolves around the communications/relationships among us as human being”.

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda is a visual artist who works primarily on painting and sculptural installation. As she was born and raised in Japan and immigrated to the US as a young adult, her work deals with the examination of various cultures. To speak to the core of humanity, she seeks the connections among cultures both from the past and present, and currently she is researching on Japanese traditional activities including Chado (tea ceremony) and Tenkoku (seal). Her  work has been presented in solo exhibitions as well as numerous group shows nationally and internationally. She has been shortlisted for various art competitions, including the Door Prize (Bristol, England), ArtGemini Prize (London, England), and 7th National Juried Art Exhibition at Prince Street Gallery (New York). Her work has been published in the 87th issue of New American Paintings, Fresh Paint Magazine, Expose Art Magazine: Special Edition, AEQAI, and 100 days 100 women. She is an Idaho Art Fellow 2018 awarded by the Idaho Commission on the Arts funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, USA.

“The surface of the painting is the primal stage for us, artists, to communicate our visions, stories, and concerns. There are many other areas to utilize for effective communication, but the surface remains the front row. So, for me, the concept and the surface of the painting are equally important and carry the same weight as visual object. In addition, the concept needs the surface to manifest, and the surface is supported by the concept. The relationship is intricate and symbiotic”.

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

The Execute Project art gallery works just like any other commercial gallery. The space is designed with both artists and the public in mind and its primary purpose is to showcase the works of different artists.  The artists can concentrate on their art since they have a platform where they can showcase their work to the world, while the public get to experience and connect with current culture. This art gallery is designed to work pretty much like a social network for all people who have an interest in art. The Execute Project art gallery also doubles up as a production space for Executive Magazine. Just like the gallery, Execute magazine aims to promote both emerging and mid-level career artists. It is hard to classify the type of space the Executive Project art gallery is, but its work and dedication in promoting new and mid- level talent speaks for itself.

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“She titled her exhibition “Tonality,” and when asked what the title means to her, she explains: “The flow, volume, formation, height, air lines, pattern, space, and tempo. The word ‘tempo’ clicked in my mind, and I started viewing my sculptural installation as a musical composition.” For Nishiki, almost every piece of the sculpture represents a note that plays an essential role in the entire complicated installation. She added: “When I imagined the tunes for the music, first I wanted to feel the tone of the sounds that I hear from the sculptural installation.”

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