NIHO KOZURU AT HESS GALLERY
Niho Kozuru rides the razor’s edge between craft and sculpture in a purposeful and inquisitive way. Best known in Boston’s art circles for her otherworldly cast-rubber sculptures, she also maintains a brisk, Etsypowered business selling beeswax candles re-envisioned from the forms of found wooden architectural elements.
Born in Japan to a family of ceramic artists, the Boston-based Kozuru takes her heritage seriously and into the new millennium, casting a gaze backward to the turned and machine-worked forms of earlier centuries, and forward via material experiments with rubber and mixed-media.
Kozuru has installed a cross-section of her sculptural and wall-hung work at Pine Manor College’s Hess Gallery, on view through January 28. Located in the atrium of the Annenberg Library, the gallery is festooned with working sketches and examples from Kozuru’s new “Positive Vibration” series of poured rubber layered on panel, and peppered with a trio of old friends from Kozuru’s “Liquid Sunshine” series.
Regarding the latter: I confess, I loved these cast-rubber works when I first encountered them at the 2008 deCordova Annual. Gazing into their candy-colored, aspic interiors, I was then, as I am now, hypnotized into musings about the Jell-O Generation, investigating each component of the stacked, machined forms and pondering their mother mold origins.