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Hatsubon: Passage, gallery view, photography + video installation.
Hatsubon is a ceremony marking the first anniversary of a loved one's death, held during the yearly ritual of O-bon, a Japanese Buddhist custom honoring the spirits of one's ancestors.
Hatsubon is a memorial exhibition exploring the dynamic tension between tradition and performance through photographs and video, and include portraits of my father in the diaphanous space between life and death. The materiality of the exhibition suggests repeating dualities from the fleeting and the lasting– with floating silk landscapes and solid walnut framed images of the body and its urn, to the ephemeral and the corporeal–with suspended ribs of the skeleton boat and the heft of the hand-carved wooden oar. Relationships between and amongst object, place, and landscape come together in a pendulous state of longing and release.

Following are images from two different installations of Hatsubon. I am continuing to build on this work, and hope to show it further. A full view is on my new website.
Hatsubon
September 10 - October 27, 2016  
Desai | Matta Gallery,  San Francisco, California
River and Urn, prints on silk from 4x5 film scans (65"x 52") .
Tomiko Jones looks to the sea, a vast but aqueous metaphor for the passage from this tangible world to the far shore. At the horizon line, where sea and sky meet and merge, it can be hard to distinguish the one from the other, both expansive, luminous, elemental. It is a site that recurs in these images, in the distance, unknown and unknowable. With this body of work we travel to Jones’ unnamed coast to ritually set free the spirit and body of her father. 
Deirdre Visser, Curator, The Arts at CIIS
Hatsubon: Passage
November 3 - December 8, 2016
Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Three moons and memorial reflecting pools, three-channel video.
Moons: 60" diameter, pools: 36"x 84".
Bring Me The Oar, cherry, 63" and Skeleton Boat, ash, 89", sheer vinyl wall clouds. Read the conversation in Bring Me The Oar.
Inspired by end-of-life conversations with her father in the months leading up to his death, "Hatsubon: Passage" takes shape as a meditation on spiritual transcendence through photographic installation and video projection.
Chris McGinnis, Curator, Kipp Gallery
Installation view: River, Urn, Shoryabune, prints on silk from 4x5 film scans (65"x52"), The Reliquary, piezography from 120 film scans (5"x5").
This past year and a half in San Francisco has offered so much. As a Visiting Artist, I immersed myself in a profound and intense cycle of making work from a deep place, completing my residency project Hatsubon.  In an extended position as Curator-in-Residence at The Arts at CIIS, I worked with many local and national artists in designing the yearlong exhibition series Cumulus, connected with the supportive and vibrant art communities in the Bay Area, and taught in the interdisciplinary MFA Programs at California Institute of Integral Studies. 

As the year comes to a close and the dark days of winter approach, I am moving to a mountain home nestled amongst trees not far from the sea. I'll be spending the first half of the new year in a contemplative and creative practice. During this artist residency, I am looking forward to experimentation, refining techniques and inviting new materials into the studio.

As always, I'm open to opportunities for exhibition, commission, and collaboration. Current news and images will be posted on social media. Please stay in touch and feel free to contact me anytime, I love to hear from you.

Wishing you a beautiful new year,
Tomiko
Video still, Pacific Ocean, July 28, 2016.
View CV 
Tomiko Jones explores transitions in the landscape through social, cultural and geographical terms. Jones received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is the recipient of awards including En Foco New Works Fellowship, Museé Niépce Residency and The Camargo Foundation (France).  tomikojonesphoto.com
Photo by James Ewing
Copyright © 2016 Tomiko Jones. All rights reserved.


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