Canadian Embassy art

The Embassy of Canada to Japan will hold an exhibition of recent works by Canadian ceramic artist France Goneau, from Jan. 17 to March 27 at its Prince Takamado Gallery in Tokyo.

Based in Montreal, Goneau creates sculptures of porcelain and fabric that reveal her distinctive signature. While in residence at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in 2010, she began integrating textiles and black Shigaraki stoneware to produce her first sculptural assemblies. After returning to Montreal, she explored those techniques further and created the series of mural sculptures called “Destinations.”

Her creations manifest the ideal of precision, a profound sense of detail and a minimalist aesthetic. The collision of rhythm, echo and tension builds powerfully suggestive images with remarkable simplicity. In Goneau’s work, porcelain contrasts with ethereal fabric. The resulting juxtaposition translates subtle strength and delicate intricacy into a form from which emanates a powerfully raw beauty and elegance.

Goneau is an established artist, a graduate of the School of Design at the University of Quebec and holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts. Her solo exhibitions have been held in Canada, Japan and the U.S. She was a finalist at the ninth International Ceramics Festival Mino, Japan. She was also an artist-in-residence of the Quebec Studio in Tokyo in 2012.

The exhibition will open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays (until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays) and close on weekends and Feb. 11. Admission is free.

For more information, call the embassy at (03) 5412-6257 or send an email to tokyo.cc@international.gc.ca.


Hello Kitty with Godiva

In collaboration with Godiva Japan, Sanrio Co., a creator of character-branded products, will offer a special collaboration of chocolates with Hello Kitty for Valentine’s Day gifts.

The Godiva’s chocolate truffles will be packaged with a specially designed pink Hello Kitty plush doll.

The set will cost ¥5,250, including tax. A version with the chocolates and a small-size Hello Kitty charm will cost ¥3,150, including tax.

The chocolate will be available from Jan. 23 at Sanrio stores, and from Jan. 25, it will be offered through online shops such as shop.sanrio.co.jp or www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/sanrio.

For more information, call Sanrio at (03) 3779-8148.

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