January 17 - February 28, 2008
Opening Reception 1/18, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Framing the Line is an exhibition of drawings inspired by a specific type of Japanese art: manga. This term refers to the Japanese comic book, which in turn, is quite often brought to film - becoming anime (Japanese animation).
The show, curated by Cat, features art by Nikolaus Gulacsik and Daniela Wong-Chiulli, two Boston-based artists fascinated by this Japanese art form to the extent of producing their own version of that genre. Framing the Line is by no means a survey of the Japanese pop culture and its visual media, nor does it attempt to break down the history of such a lengthy subject.
The main distinction to be made between the art works on display and manga is that the latter involves images that are continuously in motion. The images drawn by Gulacsik and Wong-Chiulli exist by themselves for themselves. They are manga-like images taken out of the context of narrative and placed in the context of contemplation.