Koichi Yamamoto Open Studio (10/1/19)

FREE and Open to the Public

Koichi Yamamoto Artist Talk at Mirabo Press.

Renowned printmaker Koichi Yamamoto held an Open Studio with an informal artists talk at Mirabo Press on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 5:30 to 8:00PM. 

Koichi's kites are made from traditional materials such as bamboo (for flexibility) and translucent Japanese kozo paper (for lightness and strength). Before construction of a kite begins, each sheet of kozo is intaglio printed with his unique images visualizing the movement of water, air and atmosphere. The resulting kites combine arresting visual images, conventional craft methodologies and sustainable materials. Created to be experienced outside of institutional walls and to mirror the ephemeral nature of existence, the kites in flight are whimsical, transcendent, and simply beautiful to behold.  

Kite created with UB students during residency 

Koichi worked with a small group of 6-8 students on a daily basis both in and out of the classroom studio. These students participated in all phases of the project development, learning and practicing their new skills. They observed as he drew elaborate images on large sheets of lexan (similar to plexiglas) and on smaller sheets of copper using a variety of tools. Next, students assisted as the plates were inked, hand-wiped and printed on kozo paper. After the prints dried a few days they were stretched and added to the kite frames. After the kites were made the students joined Yamamoto in test flying the kites in various locations and wind conditions.  

First two images show finely carved copper plates. One of Yamamoto’s techniques involves layering images printed from these plates to create unique finished works. Three examples of this technique, created during the residence are shown next. 

College featuring large-scale monotype print inset with finely detailed intaglio prints.

Detail of print used in the previous collage. Yamamoto created the inverse image by printing on one side of a sheet of paper and then folding the paper while the ink was still wet. 

Triptych of large-scale monographs collaged with detailed intaglio prints.