Keiko Sono | Saunter and Repose | September 14 - October 19, 2013

Keiko Sono

Roos Arts Presents
Keiko Sono
Saunter and Repose

September 14 – October 19, 2013

Opening Party: September 14, 6 – 8 pm

Some…would derive the word from sans terre, without land or a home … having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere. For this is the secret of successful sauntering.
–Henry David Thoreau

Saunter and Repose is a show reflecting Keiko Sono's life in the Hudson Valley since she arrived from the city in the late 90s. To roam about the woodlands and fields, and to come to rest as she wishes, are the ways she lives and creates.

The show is centered around a large scale painting, Portrait of a Rock and a time-lapse video installation, 110 Days of Winter, which were completed in her woodland backyard. 110 Days of Winter follows the formation and evolution of an ice layer on a rock ridge while Portrait of a Rock captures the summer presence of an erratic boulder nearby. Keiko's objective is to create a sense of being 'here,' being 'present,' to represent a state of repose–as she was painting in front of the boulder onsite; or, to climb a steep boulder everyday to record a barely perceptible change to serve both as her diary of sauntering and recording of condensed time.

In recent years, Keiko's practice has evolved to include planning and organizing social projects and events through her Flick Book Studio to connect and bridge artistic communities. Through these events, Keiko met Josh Finn, founder of the Hudson Valley Furniture Makers. Keiko's desire to frame the screen, to emphasize the way we watch, has brought the two artists to collaborate in the installation of 110 Days of Winter. Josh is designing and building the frame solely based on his interpretation of Keiko's video work. We look forward to seeing the result of the collaboration on the opening day.

Keiko Sono received her B.A. in art from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and an M.A. in art from the New York University. She is an adjunct instructor in art at Empire State College, and owner of Flick Book Studio, an open studio for connecting artists of all ages through learning and producing stop-motion animation. Highlights in her artist’s career include: a fellowship from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; a solo show in the project room of Art Tower Mito (the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mito, Japan); featured artist represented by Gallery Side 2 (Tokyo) in Art Forum Berlin, NYFA MARK artist, and NYFA fiscal sponsorship program for her video project, 110 Days of Winter. Her recent shows include Unison Arts in New Paltz, KMOCA in Kingston, MARK on MAIN in Catskill, Kleinert/James Gallery (Byrdcliffe Guild) in Woodstock, Imogen Holloway in Saugerties, and a three-person show at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson. She is a Visiting Artist at SUNY Ulster this fall, where she will be installing Moving It and Framing It, a show of her social practice project with stop-motion animation as the focal point.

Please contact Heige at or 718-755-4726 if you would like more information about the exhibition. 

Public Municipal parking is available behind the Rosendale Movie Theater on Main Street. Thank you in advance for not parking in the Rosendale Cafe lot. Looking forward to seeing you all at Roos!