April 18 - May 24, 2003
Closing reception: May 24, 2003, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Kana Tanaka reveres light. Exploring it through the medium of glass, Tanaka makes site-specific installations that consider both the architecture and the geography of the locations she is engaged. For her solo exhibition entitled Aqueous at Southern Exposure, a location named for its specific proximity to light, Tanaka will replace a number of window panes with her own panes of hand-sculpted glass. Taking into consideration the entirety of the exterior visual environment –sunlight, clouds, cars, pedestrians, the changing nature of the sky and trees, and the stationary buildings across the street– Tanaka chooses to explore themes of transformation. A material that began in a solid state, is liquefied by heat then re-solidified, glass embodies and is evidence of transformation itself. The replaced glass panes, reversing, multiplying, and re-framing our vision, act as spyglasses or lenses through which we observe a frozen exterior moment.