After Lost Space(s) an Exhibition by Lisa Blas, at Kai Matsumiya, March 2016


I’m writing my first blog for Capital Art Tours on April 17, my mother’s birthday as it turns out. My mother would have been seventy-seven today. She would have loved this exhibition, “After Lost Space(s)” at Kai Matsumiya Gallery, a contemporary arts space, March 8-13, 2016. My mother loved art, nature, and she had a strong sense of social justice, three themes in the art of Lisa Blas. I have to confess that I missed the exhibition, so I’m writing my response based on images of the works and the installation photographs sent to me by Lisa. Upon entering the gallery one sees at once framed collages of abstracted flowers and framed texts as well as painted baseboards and door frames. The spaces are framed by the same shades of blue, pale green, and pink as are found in the collages, which are made of acrylic on watercolor paper on Opalux vellum. The imagery of the collages derives from the botanical specimens of the cyanotypes made by

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Lorem Ipsum


Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32. The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form,

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