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Turn and Return

November 27, 2015 – January 28, 2016
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

October 28, 2015

Turn and Return

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present an exhibition featuring three artists, two from Canada and one from Japan exploring paper as a material and a metaphor in its Prince Takamado Gallery. Paper as a support for writing and painting and as an integral element in architecture in Japan is a material rich in history, linking nature and culture.

Be it with her pencils or sewing machine, Sarah Bertrand-Hamel draws. Based in Montreal, her research has led her to make her own paper. Fascinated by impermanence and singularity, the artist creates images that she repeats and reinterprets, fragments and recomposes. In following the transitions and the shifts between the images, she makes time visible.

Work created by Karen Trask based in Montreal has developed as a series of poetic investigations of human experience using language. She explores word meanings and narrative formats and the link between the written word and paper through spinning and weaving. The repetitive gestures inherent in these techniques make time palpable in her work.

Tokyo-based, Tsuguo Yanai's recent work invites the viewer to consider the idea of borders between races and religions, self and others, humans and nature, body and mind. It informs our understanding of the permeability and interconnections between the inside and the outside.

Turn and Return highlights the surprising versatile and enduring potential of paper to make and to reflect the world. Bertrand-Hamel proposes a series of water colours, a drawing on handmade paper and a sewn photograph referring to the water colours. Trask presents video inspired by paper and a series of weavings of printed paper and paper threads spun from dictionary pages. Yanai offers a series of cast-paper sculptural works exploring the memory of the source of paper and a return in time towards that source – the tree. What was inside is now outside and vice versa. The tree as metaphor is omni-present throughout the exhibition. All three artists make work that is created fragment-by-fragment, section-by-section, and moment-by-moment. Turn and Return proposes artmaking as cycles of integrating, disintegrating and re-integrating - an on-going process that is at once: life and death.


Date: November 27, 2015 – January 28, 2016

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 10:00-20:00 (10:00-17:30 on December 23)
  • Closed on weekends, December 25 – January 1 and January 11

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

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Tel: 03-5412-6257

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