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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, January 22, 2006

Plaster master in 1-man show

Advertiser Staff

Artist John Tanji Koga works on sculptures for the exhibition, “Garden of Spirits,” now on display at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

Photo by Lisa Uesugi

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The organic shapes — some sinewy, others bulbous, all inviting — in John Tanji Koga's new one-man show at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i are collectively meant to be "a place for contemplation," says the artist.

"When I created the pieces, it created an environment where I thought about the people from my past and life in general."

Koga refrains from over-interpreting the amorphous white-plaster sculptures, which range from 3 to 8 feet high.

"Garden of Spirits," is on view through March 3. For more information, call 945-7633.