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Balancing. Act II

Tuesday March 5th, 2013 to
Sunday March 31st, 2013


Thu Mar 7th, 2013 — 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ottawa artist Norman Takeuchi remembers his  Japanese-Canadian family's exile during World War II through the eyes of a  young boy on an adventure.  "We, along with other Japanese-Canadians in  B.C. were forced to evacuate our homes on the coast and move inland," Takeuchi  recalls. "My parents had to leave almost everything behind, including dad's  new truck, which I think broke his heart."  While he and his two young  brothers had a good time, "running around the countryside, it was our parents  who suffered, trying to make ends meet. They would have dealt with it with  shikata ga nai , a resolution and determination to make the best of  it."

"His powerful colours, flowing lines and thoughtfully rendered  drawing reflects this cross cultural tug running through his veins," says  curator Don Monet. "The results are strong yet sensitive, delicately attuned  and powerfully emotive."

Artist's Statement
The duality of being  Japanese-Canadian is at the heart of my recent work. As a member of a  community that experienced the upheaval of the internment years, my art embraces conflicting views: the earlier difficulties of acknowledging my  Japanese heritage and the later acceptance of it. Unsettling and uncomfortable  abstract forms which allude to the early exclusion years jostle with images  from old Japan. While the paintings represent an uneasy search for harmony and  balance between the two worlds, they are ultimately a celebration of my dual heritage.