| Tsunao Okumura: The Night Watch Embroidering. 2009.
Cotton thread on fabric. 15.5 x 25 cm. 6 x 10 in.
| Raymond Materson: The Blue Rose. 2009.
Thread of unraveled socks on fabric. 7 x 7 cm. 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.
Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 6 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 5 – 7 PM
Yukiko Koide is pleased to present "Stitches in Darkness", an exhibition of unique embroidery by two men, Tsunao Okumura and Raymond Materson.
Tsunao Okumura (1962, Japan), a graduate of Kanazawa College of Art, has produced his works with various media while working--as a seasonal mechanic at auto factories and as a security guard at various corporate buildings in Tokyo. In 1995, he began a project of embroidering during his night shift, which he later named The Night Watch Embroidering. The accumulation of micro stitches in the pieces reveals the countless hours Okumura has spent in a guard's night watch room.
Raymond Materson (1954, USA) began his embroidering in a state prison. To feed his drug addiction, Materson committed a string of robberies with a shoplifted toy gun, was eventually arrested, and sentenced to 15 years in a state penitentiary in Connecticut. To keep himself sane, he taught himself to embroider, using unraveled socks for thread. His miniature embroidery, depicting memory of his youth and life outside the prison walls, carries nostalgia and bitterness.
In a guard's room or in a prison, places far away from art-making, two men engaged in their own embroidery in total solitude.