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Under the Influence

In keeping with the quaint perception that anyone working like Moje must be on drugs, I need to mention this work. Yoko Yagi is a Japanese artist whose work is on view at the Portland Japanese Garden until June 30.

Yoko Yagi “Taga Sode III”, 2008. Blown and coldworked murrine glass. 6.5 ” x 8″ x 8″

This small and stunning exhibition opened in the garden’s Pavilion gallery yesterday with talks by both Yagi and Masami Koda, two of the less established, but most interesting, artists in the show.

Inspired ten years ago by seeing the work of Klaus Moje, Yagi works in kiln-glass methods not dissimilar to those of her mentor. In a good year, she can make about twelve pieces in her painstaking murrine process. Drugs? No, just persistence, and an eye for exceptional quality. Yagi’s work, like the rest of the show reflects what PJG Curator Diane Durston refers to as a “sensibility that is both international and yet distinctly Japanese.”

Whether you’re coming to the GAS conference or not, don’t miss this show, this place, these artists.

I know. I’m nagging.

7 Responses to Under the Influence

  1. Toni says:

    Looks like I’m going to have to make another trip to Portland, since I missed all of these. GAS was great, due in no small part to your efforts to make it such a success. It was great to finally meet you, Lani, although I seriously doubt that you remember! :)


  2. Lani says:

    It is all a blur. No wonder they call it GAS.

    Did we talk at the auction? Was I drooling?

  3. Toni says:

    Yes, we talked for a brief moment at the auction. You looked so dang tired that I didn’t want to bother you for long. You weren’t quite drooling yet, but you were dang close! :D

  4. Lani says:

    Too funny. The next morning I sent an email to someone else with the initials “T.J.” to apologize for being so lame when we chatted ….droolingly yours, L.M.

  5. Yes… looking at Lani I wanted to pull out my copy of “how to survive a zombie attach” just in case…

  6. Lani says:

    “Zombie attach?” Is that a Freudian spit? I see you’re drooling too…

  7. Attack, Attach. Whatever. You do know that zombies first go for an auto’s water pump, don’t you? First the water pump, then the occupants. Only way to survive is to down vast quantities of single-malt. Preferably in the Country of Origin. Ahhh… that explains a lot!


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