PRESS RELEASE: Inaugural Exhibitions: Echiko Ohira and Minoru Ohira

Press Release

September 10 - October 8

July 28, 2017
Offramp Online is pleased to announce two inaugural exhibitions: Echiko Ohira: New Work, and Minoru Ohira: New Work, from September 10 – October 8, 2017. A reception and open studio will be held on September 10 from 2-5pm at the artists’ studio, 842 Del Rio Ave., San Gabriel, CA 91776. After September 10 the work will be viewable by appointment only. Email to schedule a visit.

Echiko Ohira: New Work

A large undulating disc of folded tea-stained paper, cardboard and thread radiates outward in concentric circles, a hand-crafted tour de force that took over a year to complete. A smaller version echoes nearby. A grouping of crumpled and shredded paper balls are assembled with thread and glue, and pierced with nails and pins. Myriad layers of ordinary Kraft paper are torn, wound, stacked, scrunched, and stained to form bowls resembling large birds’ nests.
Echiko Ohira was born in Tokyo, Japan and received her BFA from Musashino Art University in Tokyo. She has exhibited her work widely, including shows at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Minsk , Belarus; Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland,Oregon; and the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA. Her work is included in many public and private collections.
Echiko Ohira lives and works in the Los Angeles area.

Minoru Ohira: New Work

In the hands of master wood-worker Minoru Ohira, recycled wood is hewn, carved, cut, bent and transformed into elegant sculpture. Carved wooden orbs, teardrops and ellipsoids lustrous with burnished graphite teeter atop raw wooden bases. Densely clustered scraps of wood are carefully assembled to suggest a horse head, human head and torso. Paper coated with graphite and punched with holes is layered over painted acrylic sheets to form a suite of works on paper that read at first glance like monoprints.
Minoru Ohira has exhibited extensively at galleries and museums in the US, Mexico and Japan and is in the collections of The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, California), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Thailand (Bangkok) and the National Museum of Art in Mexico.
In 2013 Ohira was the recipient of the prestigious 26th Denchu Hirakushi Award for the art of wood carving. In 2009 he was awarded the 36th Teijiro Nakagawa Award, the first artist residing outside Japan to be honored with the award.
Minoru Ohira lives and works in the Los Angeles area.
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