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Adelphi University Presents Tamiko Kawata, Flow of Life: Nagare

Written by Kali Chan  |  14. October 2016

Garden City, NY - October 12, 2016 - Adelphi Exhibitions is proud to present Flow of Life: Nagare, by Tamiko Kawata. This dramatic exhibit features an installation of polychromatic pantyhose engulfing the gallery space cascading from the ceiling and gracefully flowing out on the floor. This exhibition, which is open to the public, is located in the Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery until Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Tamiko Kawata uses overlooked indigenous objects from daily life as her media to create installations, sculptures and wall works. Using discarded materials is important to her not only as a commentary on environmental issues but also as a way for her to reflect on her current life. Her choice of materials and interpretation are influenced by the differences that she experienced between life in America and in Japan, where she grew up.

“I create my works through experimenting with materials that reflect my life and my thoughts. Small, unpretentious and valueless things from our daily life often become my primary medium. I look for another language, energy, chaos and harmony, within quiet stillness. I came from Japan in my young adult life, and I feel my works are often intuitive reactions to the American life that I have happily adopted, my art making is a visual journey of my life. Observing our environment is an exciting daily practice and nature’s phenomena…such as water, mist, shadows, wind are strong inspirations to form my works.”

Flow of Life, utilizes various colored hosiery and safety pins. Some of the pantyhose were generously donated by members of the Adelphi community and the remainder she’s been collecting since late 2001. You can also view an additional piece by Tamiko Kawata on campus in the eighth Adelphi University Outdoor Sculpture Biennial with her safety pin installation entitled, Grove: Adelphi.

To learn more about the artist and view glimpses of the exhibition, please visit online. The Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m, and Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @AUExhibitions.

About Adelphi
Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—AU Arts and Humanities, AU STEM and Social Sciences, AU Professions, and AU Health and Wellness.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi was one of the first coeducational institutions of higher education in New York State and is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 7,500 students from 38 states and 46 countries at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs around the state (New York City, the Hudson Valley and across Long Island) and online.

More than 100,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society, making their mark on the University and the world beyond.

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