Featured Artists: Tyson Cole, Tom Schroeder, Ning Hou and Gunilla Klingberg
A chef reveals the fine art of making sushi; a painter finds art in nature; an artist uses company logos to create intricate patterns and an animator whose work tells real-life stories in an improvisational style.
Tyson Cole of Uchi Restaurant in Houston, Texas
Tyson Cole is a passionate student of the Japanese tradition. He has trained for more than 10 years in Tokyo, New York, and Austin, under two different sushi masters. He continues his path of study and experimentation at Uchi, developing unprecedented, multi-cultural combinations using his impeccable knowledge of technique.
"Ingredients and flavors from all over the world are easily accessible now," says Cole. "The cuisine I create is playfully multi-cultural, mixing the Japanese tradition with tastes that inspire me."
Artist Ning Hou
Ning Hou was born in 1957 in Shanghai, China. He received his BA degree from the Shanghai Art Institute. He was instructed by noted Chinese artists Chang Show Wu, principal of Fine Arts Institute, Chinese Painting College and Director of Shanghai Artists Association; Yan Wan Leong, a silver medal winner of Paris, France, in the 1930's; and Liu Hai Su. He has also learned from numerous other contemporary artists as well.
Ning arrived in the United States in 1983 to pursue his career in art at the Academy of Art College where he graduated with his MFA from the Academy of Art College, June 1986.
I believe that the highest ideal for anyone to achieve is to make a difference in this world. If one person has a way to bring to others an increased respect and appreciation for life, love and our miraculous existence then they have accomplished something important.
Animator Tom Schroeder
Tom Schroeder has been drawing and producing his own animated films since 1990. His 2002 film, "Bike Ride," which humorously chronicles a teenager's trip to see his out of town girlfriend, has played over 60 festivals internationally (including Annecy, Rotterdam, Edinburgh and Ottawa) and has won seven awards. "Bike Ride" (left) has been featured on Independent Lens and on the "Best of ResFest, Vol. II" DVD. Regular new film projects keep Tom busy in between commercial work and teaching at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Artist Gunilla Klingberg
In this video by Walley Films, Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg explores her interests in everyday consumerism and forms of Eastern spirituality. To do this, she covers the Rice Gallery floor and windows with a repetitive pattern that she creates by transforming common household product logos. The large-scale, circular pattern resembles a sacred mandala. It begins at a central point and expands outward as if it could continue to infinity.