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McKinney Avenue Contemporary Announces Art Talk with Masami Teraoka

Masami Teraoka at work on The Cloisters Last Supper

Masami Teraoka at work on The Cloisters Last Supper

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is pleased to welcome Masami Teraoka to the gallery for A Tweak Week, a program directed toward educating audiences in the practices involved in creating large scale paintings.

A Tweak Week offers patrons the opportunity to witness Teraoka in the process of manipulating and editing his paintings as would be done in the artists’ own studio. Audiences are encouraged to speak openly and interact with the artist while he is painting.

A Tweak Week 
March 19 – 22, 2014
Daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Art Talk with Masami Teraoka
Thursday, March 20, 2014
6:30 p.m.

Join Masami Teraoka for an art talk and discussion of the current exhibition Inversion of the Sacred, a series of paintings from the Cloisters Last Supper – Triptych Series.

This most recent body of work includes seven large scale paintings in the style of Renaissance alter pieces. The paintings on exhibition at The MAC, each created circa 2007 through 2014, depict contemporary narratives of moral turmoil using art historical references and iconography.

“My Cloisters Last Supper – Triptych Series addresses Catholic clerical sex abuse. Underlying this theme, I see an authoritative institution trying to dictate individuals’ sexual relationships, gender and morality. To bring out such compelling cultural issues and put them on the Last Supper table may be an appropriate place to start a dialogue – to investigate the anatomy of these abuses.

The Vatican’s history and culture as an institution with worldwide influence has inspired me, especially since fundamental human equality issues have always been at the top of my priority list. How does the Catholic Church’s teaching of celibacy fit into Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel painting? How could the nudity depicted in those masterpieces support anti-gay and anti-same sex marriage stances? Putting these puzzles together I see how brilliantly the Vatican has evaded clerical sex abuse issues for centuries and how all these pieces of historical information can finally be knit together  when a medieval era church meets a new generation of iPhone and iPad culture.

I think that technically, perhaps, the most engaging way to articulate such tough cultural challenges may be in a highly evolved vocabulary such as that of Renaissance painting or Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Each of my narrative paintings create a fantastical aesthetic world where human folly and dilemma are expressed in such a way that the beauty and ugliness of human activity and psyche thrive in a complex visual poetic statement.”

–Masami Teraoka, February 13, 2014

Masami Teraokawas born in 1936 in Onomichi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan. He graduated in 1959 with a B.A. in aesthetics from Kwansei Gakuin University, and continued his education to receive a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1968. Integrating reality with fantasy, humor with commentary, and history with the present became his working challenge. His early paintings are often focused on the clash of his two cultures- East and West. Series such as McDonald’s Hamburgers Invading Japan and 31 Flavors Invading Japan characterize some themes in his work. In the 1980’s, Teraoka’s watercolors became large scale in an effort to depict the subject of AIDS. Since the late 1990’s, he has been producing large-scale narrative work addressing social and political issues, especially the sexual abuse of children by priests. His recent large-scale paintings are inspired by Renaissance painting but continue the narrative quality and visual conventions of Japanese woodblock prints.

Teraoka has been the subject of more than 70 solo exhibitions, many of which have traveled extensively, including those organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1980, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu in 1988, and the Yale University Art Gallery in 1998. In 1996 he was featured in a solo exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution and in 1997 at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. His work can also be seen in more than 50 public collections worldwide, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia, and the Gallery of Modern Art in Scotland. Teraoka is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles and Art Amalgamated Gallery in New York.

About the McKinney Avenue Contemporary

Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist’s role in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.

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