Fall fundraising events for the coming year are not uncommon in the Metro arts scene, but KANEKO–Open Space For Your Mind has always raised the bar with its accompanying anchor exhibitions that reinforce its commitment to multi-disciplinary creativity and design.

Kaneko’s inaugural fundraiser in 2014 featured a three-part display of industrial and architectural designers Cedric Hartman, Olson Kundig and Wallace Cunningham. Last year, patrons were entertained and enlightened with Design in Motion, which explored the impact of design in automobiles, bicycles and industry.

The third annual Soirée, Passion and Obsession: From the Collection, next Friday, Nov. 11, promises to be no exception as its carefully curated exhibition focuses on the relationship between artist and collector and how it benefits both as well as the community at large.

This fall exhibit will showcase works of scale, process, and variety from local holdings including the Karen and Robert Duncan Collection, the Steve Wake Collection, the Kathy and Marc LeBaron Collection, and the KANEKO Collection.

Passion & Obsession will feature ceramic sculpture, glass sculpture & installations, drawings, and paintings from several internationally renowned artists including Viola Frey, Tony Hepburn, Leiko Ikemura, Jun Kaneko, Manuel Neri, Annabeth Rosen, Therman Statom, Goro Suzuki, Akio Takamori, and Sunkoo Yuh.

Kaneko patrons are already familiar with the significant work of Kaneko and Statom and their international reputation among collectors of all kinds, but the exhibit boasts an even broader global scope.

For instance, Ikemura is a Japanese-Swiss painter and sculptor, and Suzuki is a Japanese master ceramist who works in many different styles, all rooted in Japanese traditions. Suzuki’s work demonstrates a masterful manipulation of the material and an aesthetic of rustic simplicity.

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The late Viola Frey is well known for her large, colorfully glazed clay sculptures of men and women, which expanded the traditional boundaries of ceramic sculpture. Frey was one of a number of California artists to produce works with robust sculptural qualities associated with Abstract Expressionist painting, Pop Art and what would come to be known as California Funk.

Yuh focuses on ceramic sculpture, slip casting, and ink drawing. His work is informed by his personal and intimate experiences in everyday life, which he records as spontaneous yet intricate ink and brush works. Selected two-dimensional compositions are then represented and re-contextualized into conceptual and three-dimensional forms on small to monumental scale.

Tickets and information on the fundraiser event are available at thekaneko.org/soiree.

The exhibition runs November 12, 2016 – May 6, 2017. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. For more information visit thekaneko.org/passion.

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