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Beyond Beyond

The textile art of Ai Kijima

June 23, 2018 – September 29, 2018

ASU Art Museum, SE Corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, Arizona 85281

This solo exhibition, staged by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at the ASU Museum of Art in Phoenix Arizona, brings together recent work by the Japanese contemporary artist Ai Kijima.

Ai Kijima’s riotous collages of figures, patterns and colours are made from meticulously pieced and fused textiles. Beyond Beyond reflects Kijima’s interest in how the melding of traditional craft and popular imagery reflects a culture’s history, preoccupations and social politics.

If the sort of Anatolian and Central Asian patterns that Istanbul is awash in influence her recent work, it is not surprising. For several years, Ai Kijima has spent at least part of every year in the city. Tragically, her partner, the fine art photographer Brian McKee, a leading contributor to Cornucopia in recent years with powerful images ranging the Princes Islands to Van, died suddenly in April at their home in Üsküdar. The photograph of her work shown here was taken by Brian in March.

Beyond Beyond is supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation as part of the Windgate Contemporary Craft Initiative at ASU Art Museum

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