Minoru Ohira

Minoru Ohira solo & selected group exhibitions

Minoru Ohira: Iki & Yabo - Solo Exhibition Sculpture
Offramp Gallery
contemporary art in an historic house
January 10, 2016 - February 7, 2016
Opening Reception : Sunday, Junuary 10, 2016, 2-5pm
1702 Lincoln Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: 626.298.6931
Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Minoru Ohira: Iki and Yabo from January 10 – February 7, 2016. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, January 10 from 2-5pm and a closing reception on Sunday, February 7 from 2-5pm.
Iki and Yabo consists of two new bodies of sculpture by Minoru Ohira. The Japanese word “iki” is defined as smart, chic or refined; while “yabo” is defined as unrefined, rustic or uncouth. Both concepts and the fine line that delineates them were at the forefront of Ohira’s thinking as he masterfully crafted the works for this exhibition.

In the east gallery is an installation constructed from sleek wooden i-beams, cinder blocks, wire mesh, nuts and bolts, all carved by Ohira from yellow cedar, a light and fragile wood which stands in stark contrast to the heavy building materials depicted.

In the west gallery are several new stand-alone sculptures by Ohira. Carved, bent and found wood pieces support curved frameworks skinned with thousands of overlapping wood chips, reminiscent of the thatched roofs of Ohira’s native village of Kurokawa, Japan. Touches of slate harmonize with the natural, rustic look of these pieces.

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September 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Opening Reception : Saturday, September 26, 2015, 6-9pm
5814 Wilsher Blvd,
Los Angeles , CA 90036
Phone: 323.937.4230
Paperworks features 15 contemporary artists who manipulate the medium of paper to produce large installations and smaller-scale sculptures and wall pieces. Curated by Howard N. Fox, LACMA Curator Emeritus of Contemporary Art.
His works made of paper are basically flat works displayed on a wall. However, they typically display pronounced relief aspects – deep furrows, ridges, raised or recessed surfaces – emphatic textures that are borderline three-dimensional features and reveal his aesthetic foundation in sculpture. What Ohira calls “drawings” (represented in this Paperworks exhibition) are really carvings, whose visual and tactile manifestations are not at all drawn with any mark-making implement upon a surface; rather, they are incised into the paper with razor blades to produce cut-out grooves and troughs, transforming the medium of flat paper planes into low-relief sculptural fields.
He begins his process by radically altering the surface of thick sheets of five-ply Japanese paper, applying powdered pigment and graphite that he rubs deep into the surface; the graphite gives the paper a dark metallic-like sheen. He then texturizes the paper with a crosshatching pattern. So far Ohira’s labor-intensive technique is concerned mainly with surface treatment. But wielding razor blades, he cuts away thin strips and shreds of paper to produce geometric patterns that essentially render the expanse of paper less as a surface than as a carved, cut-up object. Flat though they are, Ohira’s “drawings” are not lines or colors applied to a passive surface; quite the opposite is true: the paper itself becomes the form and the structure of these artworks.
The patterns defined by Ohira’s manipulations of paper are usually imprecise geometric forms: interlocking arcs that create visually animated arabesques, grids of rough circles and spirals that extend from edge to edge, or rows of parallel channels. In the modern Western tradition of art and architecture, we often associate repeating geometric patterns with rationality, logic, predictability, and a kind of aesthetic stability. But the features of Minoru Ohira’s geometric “drawings” are so varied, so full of embraced imperfection and variability, and so inflected by incident and the hand of the artist, that they project an aura closer in sensibility to something organic and alive. It is his use of paper – the product of a once-living vegetal organism – and his interception of paper with ground mineral pigments and cutting that imbues his art with its sense of animation and the process of its coming into being.

The Beginning#1, 2015 The Beginning#2, 2015 The Beginning#3, 2015         
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Black & White
Work by Anita Bunn, Robert Kushner & Minoru Ohira
Offramp Gallery
offramp Gallery
May 31, 2015 - June 28, 2015
Opening Reception : Sunday, May 31, 2015, 2-5pm
1702 Lincoln Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: 626.298.6931
Black & white works by gallery artists Anita Bunn, Robert Kushner and Minoru Ohira will be on display in the east gallery and hallway. Among the included works are Anita Bunn's Untitled Iteration Grid II, a grid of nine continuous tone lithographs; several works on paper by Robert Kushner from his recent exhibition at Offramp, Patois; and works on wood and layered Japanese paper by Minoru Ohira.

the Landscape series 2014          
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Minoru Ohira - Solo Exhibition Sculpture
Offramp Gallery
contemporary art in an historic house
offramp Gallery
September 14, 2014 - October 12, 2014
Opening Reception : Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2-5pm
1702 Lincoln Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: 626.298.6931
Minoru Ohira’s hand-crafted sculpture and wall works are made from found and recycled materials such as burned or painted wood, dead branches, metal, stone and construction waste. Influenced by the natural beauty and thatched roofs of his native village of Kurokawa, Japan Ohira’s work blends traditional Japanese motifs with a contemporary sense of design.

the Landscape series 2014          
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Minoru Ohira Solo Exhibition - S a n t a A n a W i n d
commemorating the 26th the Denchu Hirakushi Award
Denchu Art Museum, Ibara, Okayama, Japan
January 24, 2014 - March 16, 2014
315 Ibara-cho,Ibara City,
Okayama Prefecture, Japan 715-8601
Phone: 0866-62-8787

Denchu   The L.A. Municipal  Art Gallery   The L.A. Municipal  Art Gallery
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Municipal Art Gallery
Masked Ball Opening Reception
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Exhibition Dates
November 3, 2013 - January 5, 2014
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone:(323) 644-6269
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), and the LAMAG Associates Invite you to the group exhibition
Abel Alejandre, David Bailin, Miyoshi Barosh, Quinton Bemiller, Mary Sherwood Brock, Heather Carson, Melissa Cooke, Jeff Coson [ SIZE MATTERS.] David Jang, Jeremy Kidd, Antonio Muniz, Minoru Ohira, Jorge Oswaldo, Laura Scandrett, Jaime Scholnick, Doris Sung, Kent Twitchell, & Shen Wei at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
The L.A. Municipal  Art Gallery   The L.A. Municipal  Art Gallery   The L.A. Municipal  Art Gallery
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Minoru Ohira Solo Exhibition
commemorating the 26th the Denchu Hirakushi Award
Takashimaya Nihombashi, 6fl. Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
August 14 - August 20, 2013
Takashimaya Nihombashi, 6fl. Art Gallery
2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Information, 6fl.Art Gallery Phone:(03) 3246-4310

Wimpy Dragon    Vocanic island series #5, 2013   Word#3 2013   Summer 2013
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Minoru Ohira Solo Exhibition
Space・S, Tokyo, Japan
November 10 - November 25, 2012
11:00 -18:00
1-20-3 Shimorennjyaku Mitaka-shi, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: 03(3953)8500
Acess for Space S
Wimpy Dragon    Sinned city 2012   birthwish2   echo1    word(ruinsseries)2   Deepsleep(ruinsseries)   Lunaysol1   Lunaysol2 
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Elemental Arboressence
presented by the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens, California, U.S.A
November 9 - November 25, 2012
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Phone : (818) 949-4200
“Elemental | Arboressence” is an exploration and celebration of trees, tree-ness,
and the possibilities of wood through contemporary works of art by
Charles Arnoldi, Deborah Butterfield, Suvan Geer, John Frame, Ke-Sook Lee, Minoru Ohira, Ross Rudel William Stranger, Curatorial consulting and coordination : John David O’Brien

Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, U.S.A
Cavin-Morris Gallery
The Unexpected Edge: Yugen in Contemporary Art
Yugen is the Japanese word for the mysterious or profound sense of beauty
in the Universe. It is the power to evoke rather than to directly show.
It is Exquisite Mystery as it informs the creative process.
October 22 - December 3, 2011
210 11th Avenue, Suite 201
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 226 3768
Artists included are: Jerry Bleem, Charissa Brock, Christian Burchard, Judith Duff, Kenji Gomi, Keith Goodhart, Deirdre Hawthorne, Tadashi Ito, Shane Keena, Yuko Kimura, Scott Marr, Debora Muhl, Takashi Nakazato, Minoru Ohira, Tim Rowan, Akira Satake, Christine Sefolosha, Chizu Sekiguchi, Rudolph Serra, Lidia Syroka, Koichi Uchida and others.
Moon and Ruins #2   Regeneration #1   Regeneration #2   Regeneration #3

Currents in Japanese Contemporary Wood Sculpture
September 11, 2010 - October 16, 2010
open: 9:30 – 5 PM
Kita 1, Nishi 17,Chuo-ku,Sapporo,060-0001,Japan
Phone: 011-644-6883

Space S, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan
the Lone Ranger
des objects que l'on porte
May 1, 2010 - May 16, 2010
open: 11 – 6 PM
1-20-3 Shimorennjyaku Mitaka-shi, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: (03) 3953-8500
Artists: Shu Eguchi, Namito Nakamura, Kazumi Tsuji, Minoru Ohira

Isanuma Kobo, Kawagoe city Isanuma Park, Saitama, Japan
Gift from Sculptors
March 27, 2009 - April 12, 2010
Open: 10:00- 16:30
Phone: 049- 224-5101(8:30-17:30 weekday)
Kawagoe Pantean
Artist: Kasuhisa Aketa, Hiromasa Abe, Mitsuo Ishiwata, So-Izumi, Minoru Ohira, Makoto Okuno,
Osamu Kido, Ohu Sato, Kyu Suzuki, Hiroshi Suto, Yasufumi Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Kasuyoshi Hirai, Wataru Maki, Takashi Yukawa, Taikan Yokoyama, Minako Yoshino

The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
Artist File 2009 - The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art
March 4, 2009 - May 6, 2009
7-22-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-8558
Phone: (03) 5777-8600
Fax: (03) 3405-2531
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Santa Ana Wind   casa   Tree in Desert   Cloud on Ground

José Drudis-Biada Gallery, Mount Saint Mary’s College, USA
March 3, 2009 - April 4, 2009
Opening Reception: Sunday March 1, 10:30AM
12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 954-4361
E-mail: www.msmc.la.edu/pages/1897.asp

Muramatsu Gallery , Tokyo, Japan
Minoru Ohira Solo Exhibition " Petrified People"
Feburary 16, 2009 - March 7, 2009
1F Kindai Building, 3-7-4, Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone and Fax: (03) 3567-5665
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Big Hug   Earth   Contemplation #1   Contemplation #2

W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, USA
Beginning series #05-3
Group show "Space Gallery December 1975 – August 1995"
September 14, 2008 - October 18, 2008
Reception Sunday Sept 14, 2 – 5PM
3801 West Temple Ave.,Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-4302
E-mail: pemerrill@csupomona.edu ( Gallery Director Patrick Merrill )

Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, California, USA
oHIRa NOWling - Echiko and Minoru Ohira's Sculptures and works on paper
April 10, 2008 - May 10, 2008
15 FA, 9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Phone: (661) 654-2238
E-mail: mjohnson32@csub.edu ( Michael Johnson, Director)

Todd Madigan Gallery   Todd Madigan Gallery   Todd Madigan Gallery

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Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA  Jack sonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Essence and Materials
September 14, 2007 - January 6, 2008
Phone: (904) 366 -6911
Fax: (904) 366-6901
E-mail: info@mocajacksonville.org

Two Eggs # M-1   Dancer # 2   Santa Ana Wind #W-3   Fruit in Desert

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