Visiting Artist Lecture: Sayaka Ganz

Sayaka Ganz talks about her "Work and Influences"

Visiting Artist Lecture
September 20, 2018
3:40 - 4:40 p.m.
202 Owen Hall
Free and Open to the Public

The lecture is intended for studio students as part of their curriculum in a studio classroom,
but is also free and open to the public.

The Visiting Artist Lecture is made possible by support from the UNC Asheville Department of Art and Art History and the STEAM Studio. 

Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan, and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University Bloomington and continued to create welded sculptures of animal forms independently. In 2008, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio. She taught design and drawing courses at Indiana University (Purdue University Fort Wayne) between 2002 and 2012.

Using reclaimed metal and plastic objects as materials, Sayaka’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. She describes her style as “3D impressionism" creating an illusion of solid form using plastic objects as brush strokes that become visible upon observation from close proximity. Her recent exhibitions include: Danze Della Natura, solo exhibition at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, and Metamorphosis, temporary installation at the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. Her recent commissions include a series of marine life sculptures for the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and a permanent installation of an underwater scene featuring whales and turtles in the lobby of Cimer Spa at the Paradise Resort in Incheon, Korea.

One of the exhibitions being discussed this afternoon is a traveling exhibition [since 2013] titled Reclaimed Creations. It will be on display at the North Carolina Arboretum (in Asheville) September 22, 2018, through January 6, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily inside the Baker Exhibit Center.

The curator of the exhibition, David J. Wagner, describes Reclaimed Creations the Traveling Exhibition "as a unique sculpture exhibit created by renowned artist Sayaka Ganz. Utilizing reclaimed plastic objects, such as discarded utensils, Ganz creates amazing sculptures that visually appear unified at a distance, but are, in fact, separated when examined up close. Described as using a '3-D impressionistic' style, Ganz’s exhibit includes installations of animals in motion, which are rich in color and energy, to create an illusion of form."

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