Kazuo Kadonaga Exhibition to Open at Chaffey’s Wignall Museum

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – The Wignall Museum is pleased to announce, Kazuo Kadonaga: Wood/Paper/Bamboo/Glass, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture by internationally renowned artist, Kazuo Kadonaga. The exhibition runs from October 17 to November 19, 2005. The artist’s reception will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Kazuo Kadonaga consistently chooses common materials like wood, bamboo, paper and glass -- not to disguise their familiarity -- but to explore their inherent qualities. He then methodically identifies the simplest manipulation and, like an alchemist, proceeds to reorder the natural order of the materials so they take on new significance and meaning. Because of this approach, time becomes his most important medium, both as a tool and a vital element within each piece. Kadonaga’s fascination with process reveals a close affinity to Post Minimalism, Arte Povera, and their Japanese counterpart, Mono-ha (the school of things). The themes of his work -- layering, accumulation, growth, erosion and destruction -- recur despite the shift from one material to another. 

Born in Tsurugimachi, Ishikawa-ken, Japan, Kazuo Kadonaga has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, Japan, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. In addition, he is represented in collections of several major museums in the U.S., Japan, Mexico and the Netherlands. He currently lives and works in Kanazawa, Japan.

The Wignall Museum is located on the Rancho Cucamonga campus of Chaffey College at 5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737-3002. Admission is free.

Museum hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Parking is free in lot #5 during receptions and with a guest permit during normal operating hours. Guest permits are available at the Wignall reception desk.

EVENT INFO: (909) 941-2702

wood and glass detail of bamboo installation

( Installation shot

(bamboo detail) Bamboo No. 1B (detail), 1984, wood, bamboo, 177” x 4”, Installation shot (bamboo.paper) Installation shot, x Installation shot
photos: Anthony Scoggins, Mingei International Museum