Michihiro Kosuge echoes both architectural and organic forms in his work, creating sculptures that are at once playful and meditative, but always in conversation with their context. Kosuge emphasizes the surfaces of the different types of stone he uses by contrasting textures: he leaves some areas quarry-rough, others he polishes to glassy smoothness, while sometimes he adds simple and evocative color. Born in Toyko, Japan, Kosuge received his MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. A past professor of art and chair of the art department at Portland State University, he has exhibited his work in the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, California; the Oakland Art Museum, California; the Seattle Art Museum, Washington; and the Portland Art Museum, Oregon. Major sculpture commissions include the Little Tokyo Mall, Los Angeles, California; Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA; the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, Oregon; Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon; Department of Motor Vehicles, Salem, Oregon; and the Oregon Department of Transportation, in both Salem and Portland, Oregon. Kosuge is represented by Laura Russo Gallery.
Review: Painter and sculptor Michihiro Kosuge at Laura Russo, The Oregonian, DK Row, April 20, 2012.
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