‘Soft Walls’ exhibit runs Aug. 21-Sept. 10


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Akiko Kotani discusses her work with students at a recent exhibition. Her latest show, “Soft Walls,” opens Aug. 21 at the Martha Gault Art Gallery.

Aug. 19, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "Soft Walls," a exhibit by visual artist Akiko Kotani, Slippery Rock University professor emeritus of art, will be displayed Aug. 21-Sept. 10 in SRU's Martha Gault Art Gallery in Maltby Center.

Opening reception is 5-7 p.m., Aug. 25.

"Soft Walls" consists of two walls draped with thousands of square feet of crocheted plastic bags flowing to the ground. Kotani said the combination of strength and flexibility illustrates motherhood's tenderness and strength.

"One of the underlying motives was to honor my mother's love of handwork and that of other women by employing this technique," she said.

Kotani, 2013 Pittsburgh Artist of the Year, is best known for her work with fiber and paper, including a 1984 piece measuring 41-feet commissioned for Pittsburgh International Airport.

She taught at SRU for more than 20 years before she retired in 2000. She has returned several times to guest lecture.

Kotani's works are included in numerous private, corporate and museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She has also displayed at Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey; Kyoto Municipal Museum in Japan; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine | 724.738.4854 | gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu