BY MELISSA REESE
Fulton Hall’s University Gallery’s latest exhibit is called “Current Traditions: Contemporary Japanese Wood Sculpture.”
Japanese wood sculpture has a rich, illustrious history dating back to the sixth century B.C. Many of the sculptures in this exhibit have complementary drawings to show the artist’s process of conceiving and creating these magnificent sculptures.
All of the artists featured in the exhibit are affiliated with the Tokyo University of the Arts.
One of the pieces from this exhibit is “Whisper” by Tojo Akiko, an Alice in Wonderland-esque sculpture with a young girl in a blue floral dress, holding her pigtails, with a rabbit perched atop her head.
This exhibit features animals prominently with another rabbit sculpture, a sculpture of a raven on top of a child’s head, and a sculpture of a clown with a dog on top of its head.
Emma Kirby, secretary of the exhibit, commented on her favorite piece.
“I really like these masks because they’re really lifelike and fancy, in a way.”
Kirby thinks highly of Salisbury art exhibits.
“I think that they do a really good job of having a variety of exhibits,” she said. “They do a really good job of getting in contact with different artists throughout the world.”
“We actually have an exhibit in the Downtown Gallery coming up and it’s a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian,” Kirby said. It’s called ‘The Way We Worked,’ and it’s a photography exhibition about world wars and American History.”
The Downtown Gallery is now open to the public.
Visiting artists Chise Iura and Natsuko Kubo, whose works are included in the Japanese Wood Sculpture Exhibit, will do a residency in the exhibit from October 2-13.
This exhibit runs from September 5 to October 14 in the University Gallery of Fulton Hall. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, noon to 4 p.m. Friday to Saturday.