Beauty Given by Grace:
The Work of Sadao Watanabe
From October to December 2017, Still Point hosted the original works of Sadao Watanabe, Japan’s foremost print artist of the 20th century. Born in 1913, Watanabe found inspiration in the mingei folk art movement that developed in Japan in the mid-1920s to promote traditional handcrafts made from natural materials. Working with his wife, Harue, Watanabe cut all his stencil patterns by hand and printed his images on handmade mulberry paper, coloring them with vegetable and mineral pigments. He created distinctive works both on untreated sheets of washi Japanese paper and large folio-sized prints on momigami wrinkled paper, made by crumpling and stretching sheets of mulberry paper to create a textured surface.
Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition Out of South Africa
Hospitality was the first exhibition hosted by Still Point featuring work from 19 participating artists exploring the theme of hospitality: Craig Hawkins, Hasani Sahlehe, Anna Yearwood, Bruce Herman, Stephen Watson, Makoto Fujimura, Rodrigo Mateo, Chuck Hoffman and Peg Carlson-Hoffman, Liz Beard, Stanley Rayfield, Mary McCleary, Sandra Bowden, Mark Sprinkle, Ned Bustard, Suzy Schultz, Holly Smith, Phyllis Beard, Scott Rogers, and Karen Swenholt. They were represented by galleries from Taipei to Houston to Atlanta’s own Mason Fine Art.
A Note from the Curator:
For most of us, as Henri Nouwen once observed, hospitality conjures up images of “tea parties, bland conversation, and a general atmosphere of coziness.”
At the onset of curating an exhibition around the theme of hospitality, one thing became clear as I spoke with artists in diverse places of life, belief, and practice. There seemed an intuitive sense that hospitality grasps at something much deeper than entertaining friends and less conditional than anything the “hospitality industry” might conjure in our imaginations.
The artists spoke of making space, of seeing the unnoticed or the ordinary, the self and the stranger. They offered images of layers hidden beneath the surface, of ecosystems with room for darkness and beauty. They depicted humanity tied to humanity, the choice to embrace or exclude, and possibly, in the same moment, to entertain mystery. They demonstrated a generous reception of paint and spice and found-materials, playing host and making room.
Hospitality is an exhibit that considers the art of making space; the kind reception and entertaining of guests, visitors, and strangers; the virtue of a great soul who cares for the universe through the ties of humanity. It is both an exhibition and an invitation from nineteen contributing artists and Still Point.