Friday, July 1, 2011

Teruko Nimura - Spaces Between

Just Because 11.3  
  Teruko Nimura
Spaces Between
  Opening Reception: Sunday, July 10, 3-5pm
July 10 - August 7
  testsite | 502 West 33rd Street | Austin, Texas 78705  
  As an artist, Teruko Nimura is interested in the commonalities among human experiences and the ways that we use symbols and rituals to create collective memory. Spaces Between is an investigation of community, identity and spiritual practices through the lens of Asian and Asian-American culture. Popular icons like the laughing Buddha and Hello Kitty, or familiar traditions such as paper cranes and prayer flags become foundations that she uses to build upon with her own personal meaning. Large volumes of repetitive forms made by hand express time, labor, and consideration, emphasizing the sincerity of the objects, the beauty of shared efforts, and the importance of the individual as part of a greater whole.
Teruko Nimura received her B.F.A. in sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute, and her M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. She works with the City of Austin's Dougherty Arts Center as an arts education administrator for youth and teens. Currently she is working on a book project with her older sister Tamiko Nimura examining their father's internment at Tule Lake during World War II and their process of confronting his death in the early 1980's.
  testsite, a project of Fluent~Collaborative, situates itself between an exhibition space, an open studio, a temporary residency program and a private home. Participants, usually a writer and a visual artist drawn from far afield or close to home, are invited to create parallel experimental projects though a shared conversation. testsite presents these projects as they are germinating, or at a stage of fruitful exploration and healthy doubt integrated within the corners, shelves, walls and spaces of an intimate space.
testsite, located at 502 West 33rd Street, is open to the public on Sundays from 2-5 pm and by appointment.
  Fluent~Collaborative is a speculative non-profit arts initiative that provides forums for contemporary art through its principal projects testsite and …might be good.  
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