For Immediate Release

Aerial Art: The Creative Kites
of Gregory Kono

Art Not Terminal Gallery
2045 Westlake Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98181

July 9-August 4, 2005
Gallery Opening, July 9 7-10 pm

Kite making is a constantly evolving process---that which combines the physics of flight with the creative vision of an artist. Gregory Kono, uses a collection of his own images which are flown in the wind and displayed on walls as fine art.

A third generation Japanese American, from a farm in Sacramento, California, his first childhood kites were made of his life on the farm, greenhouse plastic sheets and newsprint. At times he would make an investment of $1 for that commercial delta kite, which he could fly over the family 25 acres of farmland.

Kono took his artistic visions and graduated from the Arts Center College of Design in Pasadena with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design in 1986.

Post graduating, he worked as a designer in San Francisco and specialized in the area of interpretive museum exhibitions.

In 1990, he moved to Seattle and attended the University of Washington and Pratt Fine Arts Center. He studied metal design and sculpture. In 1991, he formed his own design studio, Kono Design, specializing in museum exhibits and collaborated with Annex Design on children’s museum exhibits. The professional world of design kept him too busy to dream and work on his kites.

In 2001, he rediscovered his love of kite making. The Kono Clan held a reunion in San Francisco, and he made a poster to commemorate the event. He used this design to make several kites for the Kono generations. Since then, he has dabbled in kites during his spare time. His endeavors were sometimes successful in flight, sometimes not…but this desire to fly brought him to the Seattle-based Drachen Foundation, an educational non-profit formed to facilitate educational projects concerning the historical, cultural and artistic areas of kiting. Teaming up with the likes of traditional Japanese and contemporary kite makers brought him to work with bamboo and Japanese paper called washi.

Kono does not consider himself a kite flyer first, but flying a kite is the final stage in his creation and construction process.

His imagery grows from the early designs based on a fish theme, to Japanese cartoon anime figures and objects of Japanese culture. Much of his process involves images from photographs or clip art that he scans and prints onto the Japanese paper---and it becomes his own when he manipulates the artwork into a more abstract form.

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