Category: Artist Talk • Exhibitions • Free | Season: Community
KANEKO welcomes you to an Artist Talk with Juan Sanchez on Friday, April 30th. Three events will occur at 6, 7, and 8 pm. Reservations are offered for each 50-minute event with a maximum of 50 guests. Each event will begin with a 20-minute live presentation by the artist, diving into the exhibit and the evolution of Sanchez’s revolutionary Raku fired technique, followed by a Q&A session and a remaining half an hour to experience the exhibit. The entire KANEKO gallery space will be open for viewing the Community Exhibition.
This first American exhibit by the Mexican ceramicist Juan de Dios Sánchez Arce is rooted in imagery and stories that live “in the blood of all Mexicans.” and represents the evolution of a Raku fire technique that Sánchez and his team have pushed to the limits of what any other ceramic artist has done. This exhibit is about a lost lesson: the balance of nature and humanity in the universe, life and death, and how Sánchez believes this lesson is beginning to recover in the minds of his culture.
Sánchez began collaborating with Jun Kaneko over twelve years ago when he, after seeing Kaneko’s ceramics, asked how he managed to build such monumental works. Kaneko, in response, asked the very same question about Sánchez’s slip-cast and Raku fired ceramics. The processes of both these artists are difficult and have been independently pushed to the limits over and over. The combination of these mutual investigations led to revolutions in large-scale slip-cast Raku fired ceramics that had never before been achieved. Much of the result of this collaboration can be seen in this exhibit as well as in Kaneko’s ongoing work.
What to Expect When You Visit KANEKO
We have created a safe environment for this Artist Talk so that everyone attending can enjoy themselves. By reserving a space for this Artist Talk you accept the following:
- Because this artist talk will occur three times in three 50 minute time slots, we ask that you come no earlier than 5 minutes before the hour you reserve to avoid crowding.
- Masks are required inside the KANEKO.
- Guests will observe a 6-foot distance from each other in the KANEKO (if you are with a group of cohorts you may stay close together but please remain at a safe distance from other guests).
- Juan Sanchez’s Artist Talk will take place upstairs in our Gallery 5. Upon entering the building you will check-in and will be guided to the exhibit.
- As the hour-long experience ends, guests will be asked to make room for other reservations by leaving Gallery 5 and exploring the rest of the Community Exhibit.
About Juan Sánchez
Sánchez has lived and worked in Cuernavaca, Mexico for the last 15 years. He grew up in an environment of both art and medicine; his father was a doctor, but his life was immersed in art and Sánchez was drawing and painting at a very young age. As a young man, Sánchez practiced as a doctor of anesthesiology for 17 years, but changed professions to become a ceramist. His medical studies influenced the way he sees life, the way he behaves, and the way he feels compelled to help others. The discipline to be a good artist grew from the discipline he learned from the intense study of medicine.
By maintaining contact with ceramicists in Europe, Sánchez facilitated a side business, working with Mexican artisans and selling large quantities of high-end functional ceramic ware to distribution companies all over Europe. He studied Raku fired ceramics with his brother at a production studio in Healdsburg, CA before opening their ceramic studio in Mexico. Although he had many other projects and professions at the time, he ultimately took over the studio. He continued to study ceramics and quickly began pushing the normal expectations of scale with both slip-cast and Raku fired works.
Category: Artist Talk • Education • Lectures • Members | Season: Influence
Journey to the inner world with Tony Berlant.
“The more personal and introspective an artwork is, the more universal it becomes.”
Please join the KANEKO staff in welcoming featured artist Tony Berlant as our first artist-talk lecturer. Enjoy an evening of enlightenment on Berlant’s creative process, behind-the-scenes information, and a deep dive of the concepts of Berlant’s work, featured on the walls of KANEKO throughout Influence.
KANEKO’s new quarterly artist-talk series features creators both locally and nationally who are tied to KANEKO’s programming, exhibitions, educational workshops, or mission.
About Tony Berlant: Berlant is a contemporary American artist known for his mixed-media sculptural collages. Laboriously composed from photo-printed plywood, tin scraps, and metal sheets, the artist reassembles the pieces like a jigsaw puzzle. Reordered, the works transform into ecstatic abstractions, flowers, and surreal landscapes. “The more personal and introspective an artwork is, the more universal it becomes, Berlant said. “[Aritsts] go into the inner world — the world of the imagination– to discover not only themselves but the unchanging essences of humanity.”
He currently lives and works in Santa Monica, CA. Berlant’s work can be found among the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washing, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.