Since the 1980s, Rochester-born artist Sarah Brayer has been creating handmade paper artworks in Echizen, Japan, a seaside town with a paper-making tradition that stretches back nearly 1,000 years. Brayer’s pieces, created by pouring paper pulp in “strategic patterns” to evoke natural scenes of land, sea and sky, will go on view Sunday in a new exhibition in Niagara University’s Castellani Art Gallery.
“Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer,” according to a Castellani Museum release, will “explore Sarah’s geographic and artistic journey between two cultural worlds.” The pieces, some of which use photo-luminescent pigments that glow in the dark, will be divided between two galleries. One will feature Brayer’s more traditional work of naturalistic scenes rendered in a semi-abstract language, while the other will host her photo-luminescent pieces in a darkened atmosphere and with an accompanying soundtrack.
Brayer will visit the museum in October as part of a week of events highlighting the cultural kinship between Western New York and Japan. Her visit and the exhibition are sponsored by the Japan Cultural Center of Western New York. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 21. Call 286-8200 or visit www.castellaniartmuseum.org.
– Colin Dabkowski