Luster of Light. Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Sato is a Japanese bilingual artist inspired by culture and diversity. Born in Meguro, Tokyo — currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her unique style of art includes advanced ambidextrous and Ukiyo-e printmaking skills that she uses in her artistic practice. Growing up in Japan, Sato used various techniques to create dynamic designs and expressive scenic views of the world around her. Her Origami art includes English translations of the Japanese diary “Ogura Hyakuninisshue” a historical Haiku book written by Japanese emperors, family, and their friends. Through their letter, Sato presents her experience and feelings in the big crowd of the city and how New York changed her perspective of her artistry.
Kirsten Flaherty resides in New York while working as an artist and printmaker, with a focus on mezzotint. The technique of mezzotint first grew as the ideal medium to reproduce paintings and portraiture in 17th-century England because of its ability to yield a rich variety of tones and subtle gradations. Using this classical history of the medium, Flaherty depicts pit bulls through mezzotint portraiture, with the intention of inspiring a more positive view of a nationally misunderstood animal.
Today, the American Pit Bull Terrier is a widely persecuted dog breed and these animals are often punished because of their negative reputation. In each mezzotint portrait, Flaherty strives to illustrate the personalities of these individual canines while also conveying the soft emotions of the animal through delicate tones and detail. The images inform viewers of the kind nature of these gentle hounds and further encourage reform of the animal’s cultural stigma.
A portion of each mezzotint sale is donated directly to a non-profit animal shelter.
Kirsten Flaherty has eight years of experience working in print-related organizations including the IFPDA, International Print Center New York, Manhattan Graphics Center, and Dieu Donné Papermill. She has taught numerous mezzotint demonstrations across the United States and is on the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Etchers.
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm EDT