Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Hands Across the Waters
It never ceases to amaze me how universal art really is, cutting across deep chasms of cultural differences. For instance, Ildikó Kalapács, one of our long-time exhibiting artists lives in Spokane, Wash., but was born in Hungary, and has strong connections to Japan originating from her first visit there. Just about every summer, Ildikó travels to her native Hungary to work, exhibit and visit her first home. This summer's highlight is a documentary film that is being made about her, and an exhibit of her paintings and sculpture at the Dusha Galéria- August 21-September 21, 2007
This is some selected dialogue from Koichi Kawasaki, a curator in Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art. "I am one of Ildikó’s friends in Japan," he starts out. "I met her several years ago when Ildikó visited Japan for the first time. Through our talks and a file of her works that she showed me at that time, I found those works she made in the U.S. very unique and something that we Japanese do not have. Her first visit excited curiosity about Japan so much that she has been making various efforts to make a dream of staying in Japan come true. I am sure that all of her efforts will be rewarded in the near future.
"I realized that her recent works have more distinct identity than ever and I think her visits to an Oriental country, like Japan, along with her background in Hungary, and life in the U.S enabled her to deepen the orientation of her art. Her ethnic background, the environment in which she grew up, and all the experience she had have all started being integrated into her recent works. A piece of work that she sent me months ago only gave me an impression that her works [have] greatly changed. The file of her works that she has just sent me, however, convinced me not only of the reason for the change but also of prospect for further progress of her works."
You can view and purchase several of Ildikó's works at buyoutsidethebox.com. Each of her works available on the site, are expressive of this rich depth of understanding she has of people as one.--Ruth Mitchell