Glass artist promotes understanding of mental illness through work

Art by Kazuki Takizawa (Image provided)

From RIVER HOUSE ARTS

River House Arts is pleased to present INFINITE SPECTRUM, an exhibition of works in glass by the Los Angeles-based, Japanese artist Kazuki Takizawa. The exhibition opens with a public reception on March 15, from 6-8 pm and runs through April 13. 

As an artist who lives with bipolar disorder, Takizawa has been using glass to investigate his inner reality, to give shape to the invisible, and help destigmatize mental illness for nearly a decade.  Through finely crafted, elaborate vessels and installations, the artist aims to create objects and opportunities for honest dialogue around mental health. 

INFINITE SPECTRUM is a continuation of several series Takizawa has been exploring since 2009, as well as an introduction to two new bodies of work he is currently discovering.  

In his ongoing series ContainersMinimalist ,Guardian, and Breaking the Silence II , Takizawa attempts to create an inclusive space for increasing awareness and conversation around mental illness while the two developing series focus more directly on uncovering bipolar disorder.  Two Words, addresses established themes with a more pointed and personal perspective while also examining the space in which binary topics merge in the physical world. In contrast, his newest work from a currently Untitled series delves into the singularity of mania and what that world may encompass. 

Kazuki Takizama was born and raised in Hong Kong, attended high school in Bangkok, Thailand, and now lives and works in Los Angeles where he runs his glassblowing studio, KT Glassworks. Since graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010, Takizawa has taught at Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass and has lectured at institutions such as the Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Craft in America Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Bowling Green State University, among others. 

His work has been exhibited nationally at numerous museums and art centers including Craft in America, STARworks, and Museum of Contemporary Craft and has been featured in New Glass Review and American Craft.  His work around mental illness has been highlighted on NBC and many publications.

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Located in the historic Secor Hotel in downtown Toledo, Ohio, River House Arts has been presenting works by contemporary artists since 2009.  Exhibitions are free and open to the public. 

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