Formless Form V: The Calligraphy of Ronald Y. Nakasone
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Formless Form V: The Calligraphy of Ronald Y. Nakasone
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Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45405 [map it]

This DAI focus exhibition presents newly created works by Ronald Y. Nakasone and explores key aspects of the art of sho (calligraphy).

Formless Form V: The Calligraphy of Ronald Y. Nakasone

Formless Form V: The Calligraphy of Ronald Y. Nakasone 

September 18, 2021–January 2, 2022
Gallery 117

The tradition of calligraphy in East Asia may appear simple: writing words with a brush, ink and paper. However, these are used to give sensuous form to formless thoughts and emotions that reach for a profound wisdom. For over forty-five years, Ronald Nakasone has investigated the potential of this artform, following in the path of avant-garde Japanese calligraphy artists of the 20th century, such as his teacher Morita Shiryu (1912–1998), who influenced American Abstract Expressionist painters like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. This exhibition presents newly created works by Nakasone and explores key aspects of the art of sho (calligraphy), such as the aesthetic features to appreciate and how to “read” an image. At the same time, it provides insights into aspirational thoughts from Japanese, Ryukyu (Okinawan) and Chinese cultures, as well as Buddhist, Shinto and shamanic spiritual traditions.

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