2013 / Thru Feb 24 / Open Call for Art / 15th Annual Shikishi Exhibition

20121219 JACCC Shikishi 2013

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles invites all of the diverse voice in the community to participate in the 15th Annual Shikishi Exhibition opening on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Doizaki Gallery of the JACCC building in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles.

Shikishi paperboards have been used in Japan since the 12th century for traditional painting or inscribe poetry. Today, shikishi are given as a gift to mark a memorable or special occasion.

In 1998, JACCC’s artistic director Hirokazu Kosaka fused traditional and contemporary notions of shikishi by asking over 500 people to celebrate the New Year by expressing themselves using the shikishi board.

Participants included celebrities, local personalities, politicians, artists, priest, children, writers, and community members. The outcome was an interesting and amazingly eclectic exhibit of shikishi art. Some were simple while others elaborate and colorful. Some were fashioned into freestanding sculptures. All were unique.

Based on the Hatsu-Mato (First Target) theme, participants may express their thoughts, hopes, and dreams for the New Year using a shikishi. There are no guidelines in using the shikishi: you may write on it, use it as a canvas, and even cut it up to construct a three-dimensional object.

A shikishi may be purchased at local Japanese markets. Suggested entry fee to participate in the exhibition is $10.

The deadline to submit all work is Friday, Dec. 21.

Finished shikishi, artist information and donation should be sent to: JACCC, 244 South San Pedro Street, 2F, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3895. For more information, contact Wakana Kimura at (213) 628-2725 ext 146.

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