Colorbox 1-5, by Jun Kaneko, 2006
Colorbox 1-5 is a glass installation in five pieces by Jun Kaneko, made at the Bullseye Glass Factory, Portland, Oregon, USA, 2006.
Jun Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942. He moved to the United States in 1963 and established his current studio in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1990. Kaneko started painting in his teens, but switched to making sculpture in ceramics when he arrived in the United States in 1963. Working mostly in ceramics, but also in other media such as bronze or glass, much of his sculptural work betrays his origins as a painter. He is best known for his large scale ceramic sculptures or 'dangos' (the Japanese word for dumpling).
Kaneko's painting background is evident in much of his work. Working primarily with graphic or painterly vocabulary of lines and dots, his rhythmic designs are analogous with the Japanese Shinto concept of the 'Ma', which loosely translates into 'attachment through space'.
'To me, a pattern or a color repeated, makes some kind of visual order. Even if I desire to use a line, an endless combination of lines is possible. The spaces between the marks contribute a great deal to the tonality of the finished work'. (quote from 1996).
The Bullseye Glass Company is a manufacturer of coloured glass designed for artistic and architectural usage. Started by artists in Portland, Oregon in 1974, the company, in addition to its manufacturing operations, hosts a limited number of artist projects annually.
Kaneko has worked at Bullseye Glass Co. a number of times and Colorbox 1-5 is part of a larger body of work Kaneko made there over a period stretching from 2003 to 2007. This culmunated in his second exhibition at the Bullseye Connection Gallery, March 20 - August 18, 2007.
Like much of his work, Colorbox 1-5 is an ambitious, large scale work and in making it Kaneko pushed the boundaries of what was technically possible at the Bullseye factory.
Exhibited at COLLECT 2007, this piece was subsequently purchased with the generous support of Professor and Mrs Hans Rausing.