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Art exhibit offers an interpretive look at pollution

Feb. 25, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The original art exhibit "Losing Blue" opens Thursday, Feb. 28, and continues through March 22 in Western Michigan University's Richmond Center for Visual Arts.

Sadashi Inuzuka's site-specific installation, which is open to the public in the Richmond Center's Monroe-Brown Gallery, explores the ways in which humankind has influenced the world's natural state. The exhibit is an aesthetic and physical interpretation of ecological imbalance and the impact of pollution and invasive non-native species on local habitats.

Inuzuka has been working on site-specific installations since 1987. His work embodies a restless path that tends to generate more questions than answers. The projects explore the intersections of human society and the natural world, traditional and non-traditional forms, and the relationships between art and science.

"I am concerned with the transformation of a given space into a more spiritual one which allows for meditation or reflection," Inuzuka says. "It is a merging of self with the whole which I experience as an artist, which I see parallel in human society and the natural world, and which I wish to share with the viewer standing in the space of my work."

Inuzuka earned his undergraduate degree from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his master's degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work is in numerous collections in North America as well as Denmark and the Netherlands. He currently teaches at the University of Michigan.

Richmond Center gallery hours
The Richmond Center galleries are open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For additional information, contact the Frostic School of Art Exhibitions Office at (269) 387-2455.

Media contact: Don Desmett, (269) 387-2455, donald.desmett@wmich.edu

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