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Aiko Suzuki, Lyra Refrain

Aiko Suzuki, Lyra Refrain (1984), seven pieces, fibre and wood dowels wrapped in plastic. [Japanese Canadian National Museum, Burnaby BC, Jun 30-Aug 28]

Tributaries: Reflections of Aiko Suzuki

Japanese Canadian National Museum
Burnaby BC – Jun 30-Aug 28, 2010

Aiko Suzuki, Malaquena

Aiko Suzuki, Malaquena (1985), detail, watercolour/India ink on paper. [Japanese Canadian National Museum, Burnaby BC, Jun 30-Aug 28]

Aiko Suzuki, Untitled – Red

Aiko Suzuki, Untitled – Red (1983), watercolour on paper. [Japanese Canadian National Museum, Burnaby BC, Jun 30-Aug 28]

Tributaries: Reflections of Aiko Suzuki is a memorial to artworks created by Toronto artist Aiko Suzuki between 1967-2005, before her untimely death from cancer. Suzuki used materials like branches, yarn, bamboo, copper wire, aluminum screening, wood dowels, steel, Plexiglass and water to create dramatic textile installations, abstract paintings, monoprints and video installations. Her heavy curtain-like installations of fibre, some mounted in two-storey spaces, are particularly spectacular.

The memorial exhibition includes original pieces by her as well as installations by three women inspired by Suzuki: writer Joy Kogawa, music composer Ann Southam and visual artist Grace Channer. In collaboration with filmmaker Midi Onodera, they have created a piano piece, a video poem and an animation that variously pay tribute to Suzuki and complement her work. Key pieces from Suzuki’s legacy include important early fibre works known for their enormous scale and sculptural qualities, as well as several monoprints, paintings and a powerful charcoal  triptych. Lyra Refrain is a smaller version of the monumental Lyra, which hung in the Metro Toronto Reference Library between 1981-2004.

Tributaries is the first retrospective exhibit of Aiko Suzuki's work in Western Canada. She was born in Vancouver in 1937 and interned in Slocan City during WWII. In 1994, Aiko founded the not-for-profit Gendai Gallery at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto. As a powerful feminist, leader and educator, for 25 years she was a mentor to many artists, and was involved in arts education with countless students throughout Toronto. She received numerous awards for her contributions, and in 2005 was elected to membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts


Mia Johnson

Aiko Suzuki, BC Passage

Aiko Suzuki, BC Passage (1987), oil on canvas. [Japanese Canadian National Museum, Burnaby BC, Jun 30-Aug 28]

 Sun, Jun 6, 2010