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Show continues through November

3-D exhibit explores concept of memory


The Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center will feature a three-dimensional exhibit this month of a Japanese-born artist's work that explores different approaches to the notion of memory.

Throughout November, artist Migiwa Orimo's "Three Rooms of Kioku" will be featured for the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division's 2012 Concourse Gallery Exhibit.

Orimo's art will be available for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday throughout Friday this month.

The UA Cultural Arts Division, in partnership with the East Asian Studies Center and the Ohio Arts Council, will hold a reception Nov. 8 at which guests can tour Orimo's exhibit, as well as meet the artist and other art enthusiasts.

That reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the UA Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

"We do these exhibits to promote the arts in Upper Arlington and to expose people to something they wouldn't usually see," said Amy McQuillin, arts coordinator for the UA Cultural Arts Division. "It's a good opportunity in Upper Arlington to show off artwork."

Orimo is a Tokyo native who now resides and works in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Individual Creativity Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council in 2008, the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 1996 and 2004 and the Headlands Center for the Arts Residency Program this past summer.

According to city officials, Orimo will create three room-size-installation areas on the Concourse Gallery's carpeted floor.

Each area is roughly the size of a typical small Japanese room. In this three-component installation, viewers will encounter three different approaches to the notion of memory: historical, personal and collective, a city press release stated.

In each room, this notion will be explored in many forms: concocted, dissected, failed, rebuilt, recollected, reimagined and represented.

According to the release, Orimo uses various materials -- including furniture, objects, drawings, recordings, and written text -- within these rooms to establish tension and relationships among the elements.

"It's very interactive because she's building lots of rooms," McQuillin said. "She's doing sound and visuals. You can interact and touch and walk through them."

In addition to a month-long opportunity to view the exhibit on self-guided tours, McQuillin said people should attend the Nov. 8 reception if they wish to learn more about Orimo or the "installation arts" genre of work that will be on display.

"The artist will be there and we'll have some light refreshments," McQuillin said. "It's basically an opportunity to see the artwork, discuss the artwork and speak with the artist.

"It's all absolutely free."

For more information, contact the UA Cultural Arts Division at aoh.net/culturalarts, or call 614-583-5310.