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Ithaca College's Handwerker Gallery to Display Paintings by Michiko Itatani

ITHACA, NY — “Personal Codes” — a show of large-scale monochromatic paintings by Japanese-born Michiko Itatani — will open at Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 21, running from 5 to 7 p.m. “Personal Codes” will remain on display through Dec. 10; a catalog with an essay will accompany the exhibition. There will also be an artist’s talk in the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 28, beginning at 6 p.m.

Sharing the artist’s most personal and autobiographical work to date, the paintings reflect her recent experiences, past events and even the future. The works in “Personal Codes” explore one’s intimate desire for self-discovery both in the mental and physical realms beyond our grasp. Itatani explores psychological, cultural, sociopolitical and historical realms to help her envision the complex realities of the 21st century.

“I retain certain characteristics of myself in all my work,” Itatani said, and her painting has been influenced by diverse architecture and landscapes such as the Dripstone Wall of the Wallenstein Palace in Prague to the White Sand Sea of Jisho-ji in Kyoto. Itatani’s work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally as well as in numerous public and private collections. She currently lives and works in Chicago.

All Handwerker Gallery events are free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Tuesdays. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Handwerker Gallery, (607) 274-3018, as much in advance of the event as possible.