Moss + Mineral is proud to present This Fragile World, an exhibition of ceramic works by Nicholas Nyland and Yuki Nakamura, currently on view with an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 20, 3-6pm. How to describe this show by two of the area’s finest artists? Start with cool, enigmatic and fun.

Kanji tiles and sculpture by Yuki Nakamura.

Elegant forms and a honeycomb of kanji tiles by Yuki Nakamura.

Both artists draw upon elements of the world around them. For Nakamura, cities, islands, and maps are recurring motifs in her work, which uses references to geographical, natural, and metaphorical boundaries. Simple objects and ideograms such as light bulbs, soccer balls and Kanji characters become beautiful icons that can conjure up raw emotions.

Ceramic works by Nicholas Nyland vibrate with form and color.

Ceramic works by Nicholas Nyland vibrate with form and color.

Nyland’s artistic practice includes works in a range of media that exist at the intersection of painting and sculpture. Characterized by open brushwork and a vibrant palette, his paintings and sculptures use basic means to explore the nature of abstraction and the various ways paint can be used to create form and meaning.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the work of these two acclaimed artists. Nyland’s work has been included in exhibitions throughout the region including the Tacoma Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, and the Henry Art Gallery. He has been the recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship, and was a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Award. He has had solo exhibitions at Prole Drift, Seattle and Vox Populi gallery in Philadelphia.

Nakamura graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington. Her work is part of the Tacoma Art Museum permanent collection, and the Microsoft collection. She has had solo exhibitions at SOIL Gallery and Howard House Contemporary Art, in Seattle, and has received prestigious awards including the Pollock-Krasner Grant, and an Artist Trust Fellowship.
Please come meet Yuki Nakamura and Nicholas Nyland at an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 20, 3-6pm!

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