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UCR ARTSblock: ULTRAVIOLET: Light Installation by Hiromi Takizawa


ULTRAVIOLET: Light Installation
by Hiromi Takizawa

Dates: November 26, 2013 – January 4, 2014

Openinc Reception: First Thursday Artswalk, November 7, 6-9PM

Location: UCR ARTSblock, UC Riverside
3834 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – ULTRAVIOLET: Light Installation by Hiromi Takizawa is a site-specific installation that observes the role of light in architectural and environmental spaces. Prominently placed at the front of UCR Culver Center of the Arts, facing the downtown pedestrian mall, it is presented in conjunction with the annual Festival of Lights in the City of Riverside. The exhibition opens to the public on November 26, 2013, closing January 4, 2014, with a reception during the First Thursday ArtsWalk on November 7, 6-9 PM, free admission, during which the artist will be present.

Commenting on Takizawa’s subject matter, ARTSblock curator, Jennifer Frias says, “Through continuous exploration of her Japanese heritage and her encounters of the nuances and oddities living in the West, artist Hiromi Takizawa intermingles these dualities into a dialog using light as the impetus of her work.”

For her presentation at UCR Culver Center of the Arts, Takizawa continues her fascination with temporal duality by connecting neon as material and subject into two separate environments controlled in one space where the viewer is invited to experience the work inside and outside of the building. As a result, ULTRAVIOLET operates as part sculpture and part installation instilling the aesthetic of the 1960s minimalist light and space movement.

Light plays an integral role in activating the characteristics of the transparent cube designed by the artist as it is viewed inside and outside of the building. When viewed through the storefront windows from the outside, the transparent cube refracts a spectrum of bright light generated from neon rods along with shadows of a variety of foliage contained from the inside. The artist took into account the physical surroundings of the building during the autumn season and its short daylight span, which is also reminiscent of the fall months in her hometown of Nagano, Japan. The lit cube appears and functions as both an ornamental beacon to light up the path of the pedestrian walk in front of the building, as well as a light bath to set off a rich contrast to the stark skyline during this time of the year. It also offers a therapeutic conception drawn from scientific studies that reflect the presence of light being essential in contributing to good mental and physical health.

The cube’s installation continues inside the Culver Center as it invites the viewer to preview its containment through a large window portal. The cube is openly exposed revealing twelve neon rods backed by a harmony of lush flora. With a large observation window dividing the viewer from the installation, its presence suggests the notion of looking into a terrarium. The neon rods functions as artificial energy that generates photosynthesis in order for the plants to thrive. The artist created this tableau as a dichotomy to the environment seen on the opposite side of the cube, uncovering a tandem dialog for the need of light for living beings.

Hiromi Takizawa received an MFA in Craft and Materials Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and an MA in Glass at California State University at Fullerton. She has served as a faculty member specializing in Glass at Saddleback College in south Orange County, CA, California State University at San Bernardino, and Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. She has exhibited her work at Heller Gallery in New York, NY, RAID Projects in Los Angeles, CA, 12 Galleri og Verksted in Norway and Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, to name a few. She was recently named as the youngest artist of the top fifty artists included in Urban Art Glass Quarterly’s 50 at 50. She was born and raised in Nagano, Japan. She currently works and lives in Santa Ana, CA.

ULTRAVIOLET: Light Installation by Hiromi Takizawa was organized by UCR ARTSblock and curated by Jennifer Frias, Associate Curator, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside. UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside provided support.

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