Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum


November 30, 2017 5:30 pm - January 28, 2018 8:00 pm

Cinnabar Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of the Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum by Hiromi Tsuji Stringer.  Stringer will unveil new works at the Southwest School of Art that relate to her ongoing series the Umeyama Reports.

In Umeyama Reports, Hiromi Stringer has a created a fictional character named Shoei Umeyama. Umeyama is a scholar, a persona per say that encapsulates the traditions of Edo period Japan. Umeyama, who is magically transported from ancient Japan to modern-day San Antonio through a time machine, is the main character of this narrative. Hiromi brings to light in this exhibition that the idea of time is relative to observation when it comes to cross cultural comparisons. The Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum is set up into what looks like it could be a real museum, a mock museum, or meta-museum per say that is bursting with subtleties of humor in each one her drawings.

Hiromi’s works are in fact the well-preserved journal entries of her fictional character Umeyama. Each entry is filled with meticulous observations of San Antonio and the comparisons to Japanese culture. Hiromi Stringer’s medium of choice is intricate sumi-e ink notes from top to bottom with illustrations on traditional washi (rice paper). A detailed exploration on the artist as curator, the Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum challenges us to be – between two worlds, two cultures, all at once, while convincing us to remember its all relative.

Hiromi Tsuji Stringer (b.1976 Kyoto, Japan) received a Bachelor of Science in the Agricultural Sciences from Tottori University, Japan. She then later worked as studio assistant for the acclaimed sculptor Katsushi Takeda in Shiga, Japan. Hiromi is currently a MFA candidate at UTSA, where her work has been widely exhibited at various galleries throughout Texas and Japan. Hiromi Stringer is currently represented by Cinnabar Gallery.

Southwest School of Art is a nationally recognized leader in visual arts education, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as studio art programs for non-degree seeking students and is the only independent college of art in the state of Texas. In addition to its teaching mission, Southwest School of Art offers world class contemporary art exhibitions, as well as lectures and symposia with visiting artists. The Southwest School of Art is located at 300 Augusta Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.
On view Nov. 30, 2017 – Jan. 28, 2018

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The Time Traveler Umeyama’s Report: Vehicles, 2016, (Detail)
Sumi ink and gouache on oriental paper
22 x 72 inches
Image courtesy of Cinnabar and the artist