''The Road Not Taken''

 Vermont has been and still is a legendary place in the United States. This little state in the northeast corner of this country is historically characterized by its independence, radicalism and distance maintained from mainstream America. The land of rolling hills covered by deep forest is filled with northern light. The beauty and power of the land has inspired generations of people who have come here. They claim Vermont has made a deep spiritual impact on their beliefs and way of life.
 It is exciting to be a visitor here and produce an exhibition in Vermont. I take courage that our experience and what we learn from this project will make us grow and advance.
 For the last half century after WWII, the U.S. has exerted a strong influence on Japan in the areas of politics, economics and culture. The presence of U.S. culture, in particular, has become almost second nature blended into traditional Japan. By comparison, in the two hundred years before WWII, Japan looked to Europe as its model for modernization as it began to experience western lifestyles firsthand. Following WWII, Japan became a party member of American capitalism under the aegis of U.S. democracy. Today, Japan has established its place in the global community as a so-called developed country, and as in other developed countries our environment and conditions for life have been abused by this practice. We are born and grow up living as Japanese as well as citizens of the world in this period of history.
 There are seven individual artists working here in a variety of media whose approaches, expression and even ideas about Art are different. The works in the exhibition may look odd together, like a string of unrelated objects and activities. This aspect in some ways reflects the current condition of society. It may also express and show the idea of diversity. Art should not be exclusive. The idea of Art may change from time to time or place to place, but the purpose of Art remains to keep our minds open and free. This is the importance of Art and the potential for our future. The exhibition also exposes what is held in common throughout our works and shared with people throughout society; a deep concern about life and humanity in the world beyond ourselves.
 The theme and title of this exhibition ''The Road Not Taken'' references the famous poem by Robert Frost. Frost concludes the poem with, ''Two roads diverged in a wood, and ''/ I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.This quotation expresses the consensus of our stance as a group of artists.
 Let's take a path maybe nobody yet has taken. Hope suggests that our paths and experience come together and lead us to true unity and understanding.
 I am thankful to FLYNNDOG for the opportunity to produce this exhibition during Art Hop 2003 in Burlington, Vermont.
                                              Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert

Artists
Midori Harima
Osamu James Nakagawa
Takayuki Ogawa
Misato Oka
Makoto Ishiwata
Kohsuke Iizawa
Emiko Sawaragi Gilbert

 

''The Road Not Taken''
August/September, 2003
FLYNNDOG 208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT
Info: 802-454-1449
heartheart@together.net
http://www.flynndog.net/
Evening Reception during the South End Art Hop 2003, friday, September 12, 5:00-8:30


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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                               image by Jeffrey Gilbert