Yoko Zeltserman Miyaji: Nagame no Ii Heya

October 1, 2016 – October 29, 2016


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Light and Shadow

Urushi box sculpture with drawers. Mahogany, clear urushi, pigments, black urushi, cotton linen, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Light and Shadow

Urushi box sculpture with drawers. Mahogany, clear urushi, pigments, black urushi, cotton linen, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Light and Shadow

Urushi box sculpture with drawers. Mahogany, clear urushi, pigments, black urushi, cotton linen, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Cube

2013. Mahogany, linen, roiro urushi, clear urushi, pigment, charcoal


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Cube

2013. Mahogany, linen, roiro urushi, clear urushi, pigment, charcoal


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Willow Deco, with doors open

2012. Mahogany, urushi, black pigment, colored pigment, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Willow Deco

2012. Mahogany, urushi, black pigment, colored pigment, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Table Shelves

2012. Mahogany, urushi, black pigment, colored pigment, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Screen Shelves

2012. White oak, urushi, black pigment, roiro urushi


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Roiro Wall Shelves

2012. Mahogany, urushi, pigment, roiro, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Tsugaru Deco

2011. African mahogany, MDF, clear urushi, linen, clay, roiro urushi, carbon powder, Tsugaru Nuri polishing technique, Fuki urushi technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Tsugaru Deco, with some doors open

2011. African mahogany, MDF, clear urushi, linen, clay, roiro urushi, carbon powder, Tsugaru Nuri polishing technique, Fuki urushi technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Wall Shelves

Mahogany, urushi, pigment, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Karajishi

2008. Mahogany, urethane, urushi, black urushi


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Mandala with Clouds

2008. Willow, linen, urethane, black urushi, colored urushi


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Dragon with Clouds

2008. Mahogany, clear urushi, urethane, urushi powder, pigmented urushi, black urushi, plywood, willow


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Kunyo Kunyo

Begun in Japan, 1999. Completed in United States, 2005.
Japanese ash, linen, clear urushi, black urushi, green lacquer, gold leaf.


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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Light and Shadow

    Urushi box sculpture with drawers. Mahogany, clear urushi, pigments, black urushi, cotton linen, kawari nuri polishing technique

    17.5" h x 11" w x 9.5" d

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Light and Shadow

    Urushi box sculpture with drawers. Mahogany, clear urushi, pigments, black urushi, cotton linen, kawari nuri polishing technique

    17.5" h x 11" w x 9.5" d

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Light and Shadow

    Urushi box sculpture with drawers. Mahogany, clear urushi, pigments, black urushi, cotton linen, kawari nuri polishing technique

    17.5" h x 11" w x 9.5" d

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Nocturne: Four Seasons

    2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique

    20.5" x 20.5" x 10.75"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Nocturne: Four Seasons

    2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique

    20.5" x 20.5" x 10.75"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Nocturne: Four Seasons

    2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique

    20.5" x 20.5" x 10.75"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Nocturne: Four Seasons

    2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique

    20.5" x 20.5" x 10.75"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Nocturne: Four Seasons

    2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique

    20.5" x 20.5" x 10.75"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Cube

    2013. Mahogany, linen, roiro urushi, clear urushi, pigment, charcoal

    13.5" x 11" x 13.75"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Cube

    2013. Mahogany, linen, roiro urushi, clear urushi, pigment, charcoal

    13.5" x 11" x 13.75"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Willow Deco, with doors open

    2012. Mahogany, urushi, black pigment, colored pigment, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique

    65.4" x 43.7" x 8.9"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Willow Deco

    2012. Mahogany, urushi, black pigment, colored pigment, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique

    65.4" x 43.7" x 8.9"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Table Shelves

    2012. Mahogany, urushi, black pigment, colored pigment, Kawari Nuri polishing technique

    34.8" x 34" x 9"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Screen Shelves

    2012. White oak, urushi, black pigment, roiro urushi

    48.8" x 53.1" x 16.4"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Roiro Wall Shelves

    2012. Mahogany, urushi, pigment, roiro, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique

    21" x 34" x 8"

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Tsugaru Deco

    2011. African mahogany, MDF, clear urushi, linen, clay, roiro urushi, carbon powder, Tsugaru Nuri polishing technique, Fuki urushi technique

    66" x 42" x 8.5"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Tsugaru Deco, with some doors open

    2011. African mahogany, MDF, clear urushi, linen, clay, roiro urushi, carbon powder, Tsugaru Nuri polishing technique, Fuki urushi technique

    66" x 42" x 8.5"

    Photo: Dean Powell

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Wall Shelves

    Mahogany, urushi, pigment, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique

    21" x 37.4" x 5.1"

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Karajishi

    2008. Mahogany, urethane, urushi, black urushi

    24" x 15" x 11"

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Mandala with Clouds

    2008. Willow, linen, urethane, black urushi, colored urushi

    17" x 18" x 4"

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Dragon with Clouds

    2008. Mahogany, clear urushi, urethane, urushi powder, pigmented urushi, black urushi, plywood, willow

    19" x 22.5" x 9.75"

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    Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
    Kunyo Kunyo

    Begun in Japan, 1999. Completed in United States, 2005.
    Japanese ash, linen, clear urushi, black urushi, green lacquer, gold leaf.

    77.75" x 24" x 24"

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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Light and Shadow

Urushi box sculpture with drawers. Mahogany, clear urushi, pigments, black urushi, cotton linen, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Light and Shadow

Urushi box sculpture with drawers. Mahogany, clear urushi, pigments, black urushi, cotton linen, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Light and Shadow

Urushi box sculpture with drawers. Mahogany, clear urushi, pigments, black urushi, cotton linen, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Nocturne: Four Seasons

2014. Mahogany, oak, roiro (black) urushi, colored urushi, pigment, cotton linen, egg shell, mother of pearl, hand-fabricated, coated and turned brass knobs, kawari nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Cube

2013. Mahogany, linen, roiro urushi, clear urushi, pigment, charcoal


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Cube

2013. Mahogany, linen, roiro urushi, clear urushi, pigment, charcoal


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Willow Deco, with doors open

2012. Mahogany, urushi, black pigment, colored pigment, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Willow Deco

2012. Mahogany, urushi, black pigment, colored pigment, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Table Shelves

2012. Mahogany, urushi, black pigment, colored pigment, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Screen Shelves

2012. White oak, urushi, black pigment, roiro urushi


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Roiro Wall Shelves

2012. Mahogany, urushi, pigment, roiro, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Tsugaru Deco

2011. African mahogany, MDF, clear urushi, linen, clay, roiro urushi, carbon powder, Tsugaru Nuri polishing technique, Fuki urushi technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Tsugaru Deco, with some doors open

2011. African mahogany, MDF, clear urushi, linen, clay, roiro urushi, carbon powder, Tsugaru Nuri polishing technique, Fuki urushi technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Wall Shelves

Mahogany, urushi, pigment, MDF, Kawari Nuri polishing technique


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Karajishi

2008. Mahogany, urethane, urushi, black urushi


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Mandala with Clouds

2008. Willow, linen, urethane, black urushi, colored urushi


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Dragon with Clouds

2008. Mahogany, clear urushi, urethane, urushi powder, pigmented urushi, black urushi, plywood, willow


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Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
Kunyo Kunyo

Begun in Japan, 1999. Completed in United States, 2005.
Japanese ash, linen, clear urushi, black urushi, green lacquer, gold leaf.


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Please join us

Saturday, October 8th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

at

Mobilia Gallery
358 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA

to meet the artist, Yoko Zeltserman Miyaji

mobiliaart@verizon.net or 617-876-2109

Picasso and Pie will be served. We invite you to read the full story that inspired Picasso and Pie here.

For over thirty years, Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji has masterfully worked with urushi (Japanese lacquer) and wood, fabricated and formed without screws and nails, using the ancient tradition of mortis and tenon joinery.

After discovering the work of Judy McKie and Wendy Maruyama, the merging of sculptural art and studio furniture became the impetus and inspiration for Miyaji’s artistic career. Zeltserman-Miyaji thus became a pioneer, the first Japanese artist to make furniture reflecting the 1970’s American studio furniture movement.

In her Spotlight Exhibition, Nagame no Ii Heya (a beautiful room with a view), each sculptural and functional form incorporates traditional as well as contemporary patterns using kwai nuri (pattern-making) techniques, combining layers of urushi and paint, polished to bring out intricate patterns and colors.

“Miyaji’s furniture epitomizes the genius of Japanese design where form and function come together.” – Midori Oka, former curator, Peabody Essex Museum

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

  • Museum of Art and Design, New York City, NY
  • Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, MA
  • Numerous private collections throughout the United States

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