Mayuko Ono Gray: となりの花はあかい - The Rose Is Always Redder Next Door

CSN ARTSPACE GALLERY EXHIBITION Mayuko Ono Gray: となりの花はあかい - The Rose Is Always Redder Next Door

Friday, February 14 through Saturday, March 28, 2020 North Las Vegas Campus - Artspace Gallery

The College of Southern Nevada Department of Fine Arts will host an exhibition of drawings that reflect on life that is both culturally Japanese and American by Houston (TX) based artist, art gallery director and adjunct professor of art for the College of the Mainland, Mayuko Ono Gray. となりの花はあかい: The Rose Is Always Redder Next Door will begin Friday, February 14, 2020 and will run through Saturday, March 28, 2020. Ms. Gray will participate in a Gallery Talk on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 6 p.m. A Reception with refreshments will follow Ms. Gray’s Gallery Talk in the Artspace Gallery.

Mayuko Ono Gray is a Houston-based artist whose main medium is graphite drawing. Born in Gifu, Japan, she was trained in traditional Japanese calligraphy in her young childhood; later in her teenage years, she was trained in classical Western drawing. After graduating from high school in Japan, she moved to the U.S. to study English and further investigate art. She earned her MFA in painting from the University of Houston and currently works as adjunct professor of art and as the Art Gallery Director for the College of the Mainland. Her works are represented by Hooks-Epstein galleries in Houston and Galeria 910 in Oaxaca, Mexico, and her works have been exhibited internationally in Tokyo and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Speaking of her work, Gray says;

“Reflecting a life which is both culturally Japanese and American, my graphite drawings hybridize influences from traditional Japanese calligraphy combined with Western drawing practices and aesthetics. Growing up in Japan, every Saturday afternoon was spent with my Sensei, a calligraphy master who would assign words for each of us to practice. We would spend hours producing copies of the Sensei's sample. The goal was to imitate the sample, paying attention to the line quality; the varying speed; and the pressure and angle of the brush movement. Whether through the literary artifacts of traditional proverbs, or through personal expressions in poetry and pictures, these word-images are reflections on human nature, place, self, ephemerality, permanence, and universal wisdom. Simply stated, these drawings are expressions of a unique perspective, where East and West combine.”

The CSN Artspace Gallery is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Artspace Gallery is upstairs above the main entrance lobby on the North Las Vegas campus

3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North. For more information, please call (702) 651-4146

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