Takahiko Hayashi - Ainu Stories
March 3 - April 18, 2009

We are pleased to present Takahiko Hayashi’s latest body of work, Ainu Stories.
Through an expressive visual lexicon, Hayashi portrays the rich natural environment of one of Japan’s indigenous peoples, the Ainu. Originally from Northern Japan, the Ainu have no written language of their own, relying on an expansive oral tradition. It was not until the early 20th century that a member of the Ainu attempted to translate their stories and history into the modern Japanese language. It is from this book, published in 1922, that Hayashi draws from; describing their region, thoughts and identity through woodblock, chine colle and intaglio printmaking techniques. His swirling patterns, vivid color and thoroughly modern aesthetic exemplify his stature as one of Tokyo’s most well-regarded contemporary master printers.

Mr. Hayashi will visit from Tokyo for the opening weekend of this exhibit.