January 17-February 14
QU4RTETS No.1 (Spring) 2012; oil and alkyd resin with 23kt gold, silver and moon gold leaf on wood; Bruce Herman
QU4RTETS III 2012; mineral pigments and 23kt gold leaf on linen; 60 x 80 © Makoto Fujimura
QU4RTETS is a collaborative art exhibition and musical composition launched during December of 2009 between painters Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman, along with Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, in response to T. S. Eliot's masterwork, Four Quartets. Walter Hansen, patron and friend of the artists, fostered the conversation that led to commissioned paintings by Fujimura and Herman and to Theofanidis' four part chamber work "At the Still Point". The collaboration seeks and explores the charged "still point in a turning world" choreographed by Eliot's poem.
Makoto Fujimura is an artist, writer, and speaker recognized worldwide as a culture-shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003 to 2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts.
Bruce Herman is a writer, speaker, and painter whose art has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His works are represented in public and private collections internationally. He is currently Gallery Director and Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.
Christopher Theofanidis is a composer whose works have been performed by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the National, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit Symphonies, and many others. He also served as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-2007 Season, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang. Theofanidis teaches graduate composition at Yale School of Music.
Ron Kelsey, Homecoming IR Flag, Original Lithograph
Brian Killeen, Rocks Revisited, Oil on Masonite
Mako Fujimura is the Founder of the International Arts Movement and the newly established pillar of IAM, the Fujimura Institute. The IAM emphasis is on cooperation, rather than competition, within the creative community, and is working toward the creation of an apprenticeship program loosely based on a guild system of the past. "These apprentices will help preserve traditional Japanese painting techniques, but also the practice of imagining projects beyond a single specialty". Mentee will feature works by artists that have worked with Mako and are influenced by the artist as well as his art. Artists include Julia Hendrickson, Meredith Hoffheins, Ron Kelsey, Brian Killeen, Lindsay Kolk, Judith Kruger, Joshua Rayner, and Joey Tomassoni. This exhibition is an insightful look into the creative foundations and influence an artist mentor can be as a valuable resource.
Opening Reception, Friday January 17th, 6-9 pm
Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman Lecture, 6:30-8 pm in Olin Theatre Hall, Performance of Christopher Theofanidis' "At the Still Point" by artists-in-residence Benedict Goodfriend, Alan Weinstein, and Elizabeth Bachelder (Kandinsky Trio) and guests Fritz Gearhart, violin, and Amadi Azikiwe, viola."At the Still Point" will also be performed on Saturday, January 18, at the Kandinsky Trio series concert beginning at 7:30 pm in Olin Theater.
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