An exhibit of paintings and drawings spanning two generations that provides an extraordinary glimpse into how the creative process in art, when experienced through adversity, can lead to an awakening of understanding and acceptance by the father that at a subsequent point in time is passed on in a clear and pure manner to the son.
Howard Horii had just begun attending art school on a scholarship in Los Angeles when early in 1942 his world was turned upside down as his family and thousands of other Japanese Americans were abruptly uprooted from their homes and taken to an assembly center at Santa Anita Racetrack, and then to an internment camp in Arizona. The course of his life was suddenly changed, and so was his perspective on how as an artist he saw things. From this new vision, he was able to work through the hardship of that stark reality and awaken to inconceivable beauty through the creative process of drawing. He later turned those sketches into watercolors when, after the war, he moved to New York City where he went on to continue studying art, and architecture.
Ken Horii felt his father’s influence at a very early age when he was given a new, deep understanding and validation of how experience in the world could be processed through the act of drawing. Howard realized Ken’s ongoing interest in art and nurtured that interest by guiding him through museum exhibitions, where gentle provocations from father to son to closely observe the artworks fostered new perspectives and aspirations. Through years of this guidance, along with the influence of Howard’s architectural drawings, Ken discovered his own path, developing and cultivating a love of diagrams and sculpture- an exploration of spatial forms both virtual and actual.
Dates: Exhibit – October 19-November 10, 2019
(Opening Reception – 2:30-5 p.m. October 19)
Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library
331 Riverside Drive (Between 105th and 106th Sts.)
New York City
Copies of the book Truth in the Rivers featuring Howard’s watercolors will be available for purchase, as a tax-deductible contribution to support the American Buddhist Study Center.