KANEKO, a public, arts and culture non-profit institution, debuted its newest exhibition, Human Condition, on January 12, 2019. The exhibition will continue through May 4, 2019 and is free to the public. The hours of the exhibition are Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 11AM - 5PM, and Friday from 11AM - 8PM.
As a KANEKO volunteer, I took a sneak peek of the artwork and learned the details behind the exhibition's theme. The human experience encompasses an array of emotional, physical, environmental, and situational circumstances. Through the study of humanities –– art, music, literature, history, philosophy, and language –– the human experience can be thought of as universal. Ultimately, it is through shared experiences that helps humans to better understand themselves and others.
KANEKO exhibition manager, Molly Hobson, went into greater detail and said, "With the Human Condition season, we are exploring the humanities through the artists and programs we are incorporating. Whether issues of societal roles and politics or history and mythological –– the arts allow for physical, audible and visible representation of the human experience. These artifacts are used to help answer or continue to question what is the authentic human condition."
Featured artists of the exhibition include: Sunkoo Yuh, David Helm, Jim Krantz, John Buck, Viola Frey, Ken Little, and Misha Gordon.
Many of the art pieces are intentionally interpretative, and KANEKO volunteers encourage guests to share their interpretations freely and without judgment. Some of my favorites of the exhibition include Sunkoo Yuh's ceramic work and John Buck's, March of Folly, a kinetic wooden sculpture that attempts to define what the new norm of policy making and social relations has become.
I strongly suggest visiting the exhibition, connecting with the artwork, and asking yourself what "human condition" means to you.
According to KANEKO's website, their mission is to "encourage and explore creativity" through "exhibitions, performances, lectures, and education". For more information on the Human Condition exhibition, visit, thekaneko.org/seasons/human_condition/.
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