Up Next: Tetsuya Yamada — Coping

DATES: Saturday, September 4 – Sunday,      October 3, 2021

OPEN GALLERY HOURS: walk-ins welcome: Saturdays/Sundays 1:00-5:00 September 4 – October 3.
Also, appointments can be scheduled 7 days/week via

HAIR + NAILS is pleased to announce Tetsuya YamadaCoping, a solo art exhibition of new work by the Japanese-born, Minneapolis-based artist with open hours starting September 4, 2021 at HAIR+NAILS in Minneapolis. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, November 9 from 7:00-10:00pm. This will be Yamada’s first exhibition with HAIR+NAILS.

Yamada frequently situates his art in decidedly non-gallery locations: in a laundromat, a hardware store and a gas station for his “TEMPORARY” series and, most recently he built a Japanese Machiai in the HmongTown Marketplace as part of Midway Contemporary’s Off Site series. Yamada employs the same sensitivity to the quirks of the H+N storefront, utilizing the basement, tiny back room, and sunlit front room with distinct approaches. Expect: ceramics, painting, language, moving image — both smooth flow and staccato, a lounge for lingering, music to jog the memory, reading up and down.
The artist recalls, reflects on, and references: young adulthood in Japan, skateboarding, meritocracy, early 80’s punk, Noguchi.

In the artist’s words:
“Perhaps science could explain but what’s beyond clarity inspires strong wonder. Where even is the clarity? My body’s experiences with gravity and centrifugal force liberated my mind. I found a place to exist and my imagination was provoked. Severe doubt and social criticism attempt to re-set these new values. I look at history to rediscover and to move forward.”

Artist bio:
Tetsuya Yamada was born in Tokyo. He received his MFA from Alfred University in 1997. Currently, he is a Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He has participated in artist in residency programs including, Kohler Arts/Industry in 2002 and 2009, Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia in 2004, and at European Ceramic Work Center in Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 2010. He is a recipient of 2001 Tiffany Award, 2005 McKnight Fellowship for ceramic artist as administered by The Northern Clay Center, 2014 and 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists as administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Grand Prize (the highest prize among 25 prizes from 1,875 artists from 71 countries), at Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale 2011, South Korea.


TETSUYA YAMADA Model: Skate Park I (2021) ceramic
18 3⁄4”x 16 1⁄2”x 2”

–In addition to open hours, individual appointments available 7 days/week via hairandnailsart@gmail.com. –air circulated by central air, open doors, and HEPA air filters.
–Masks required in the gallery.
–Continuing consultation of CDC and MDH. Adjusting plans accordingly as advised.
–Opening reception will be outside in the HAIR+NAILS backyard sculpture garden to maintain a limited capacity in the gallery.