On View
Aug 29, 2008–Jan 4, 2009

This exhibition was a large-scale installation of handmade Japanese paper (washi).

Exhibition supported in part by Fox Development Corporation; Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts; Office of the Chancellor, U of I; Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, U of I; Illinois Arts Council; Krannert Art Museum Director’s Circle; Krannert Art Museum Council; Japan Foundation.

As both visual art and the setting for a stunning performance environment, Ibe’s work manifests the Japanese concept of yugen, a word used to describe the profound, the remote, and the mysterious.Yugen is that which cannot be easily grasped or expressed in words, but rather revealed through spiritual strength and grace. 

The installation was accompanied by a separate exhibition of Ibe’s latest two-dimensional washi works.

Exhibition programming

September and October 
Throughout these two months, numerous dance performances by Kirstie Simson, assistant professor of Dance, and tea ceremonies by Kimiko Gunji, director of Japan House, occurred