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Joan Takayama-Ogawa
Global Warming


Exhibition on view October 6 to November 27, 2018

Artist reception: Saturday October 6, 6-8pm


About the exhibition


Life is different now.


Warmer ocean temperatures prompted bleaching events of the world’s coral reef communities. Healthy colorful coral have changed into weakened ghostly white coral, susceptible to disease and death.  These coral bleaching events are visual cues of thermal stress caused by global warming, serving as the “canary in the coal mine” and warning us of serious environmental consequences.


These abstract figurative sculptures powered with outdoor energy efficient LED lights, are a call for the reversal of global warming.  Three-dimensional wall sculptures remind us that beneath the deep blue sea a world of environmental change is occurring.  We are all accessories and responsible for this environmental crime. 


The world cannot wait decades for cutting edge researchers, corporations, government, and institutions to implement change.  We must bring clean energy solutions out to market sooner.

We must adapt for environmental change. We must create new tools that keep the problem from getting worse.


I am optimistic. Disruptive environmental approaches, separate from political noise, will create a future for humankind. We must adapt for environmental change. We must create new tools that keep the problem from getting worse.  According to Bill and Melinda Gates Notes, five enterprising ideas are in the works.


1. Grid Storage Technology could allow us to store energy when it is dark or raining.
2. Liquid Fuels could run by solar power to fuel transportation vehicles.
3. Mini Grids could fuel neighborhoods and villages without tapping into the central grid.
4. Alternative carbon-neutral building materials could replace concrete or steel, reducing               greenhouse gases.
5. Geothermal power could be tapped from beneath the earth to reduce our addiction to oil and coal.



-Joan Takayama-Ogawa, 2018



Exhibition on view, October 6 to November 27 , 2018


Artist Reception, Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 6-8pm.

02medusa coral 1_2018
03_great barrier reef, queensland2018
04madagascar coral reef_2018
05great barrier reef, papua new guinea_2018
06medusa coral ii turquoise stand_2018
07kauai coral reef_2016
08_kauai black coral wall sculpture_2018
09branch coral sea_2018
10black coral sea 1_2018
11black coral sea ii_2018
12bleached coral anenome_2018
13bleached coral triptych i_2016
14bleached coral triptych ii_2018

Crying Coral, 2018

33"H x 14"W x 14"D

Medusa Coral I, 2018

17"H x 17"W x 17"D

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, 2018

35"H x 14"W x 14"D

Madagascar Coral Reef, 2018

17"H x 14"W x 14"D

Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, 2018 45" H x 14"W x 14"D

Medusa Coral II, with turquoise stand 2018

17"H x 18"W x 17"D

Kauai Coral Reef, 2016 (Dark)

24"H x 15"W x 15"D

Black Coral Sea I, 2018

8"H x 8"W x 2"D

Kauai Black Coral Wall Sculpture, 2018
17"H x 17"W x 7"D

Black Coral Sea, 2018
12"H x 16"W x 2.5"D

Black Coral Sea II, 2018
8.5"H x 13"W x 2"D

Bleached Coral Triptych II, 2018
3"H x 35"W x 12"D

Bleached Coral Anenome, 2018
12"H x 8"W x 5"D

Bleached Coral Triptych I, 2016
24"H x 14"W x 3"D

Other work by Joan Takayama-Ogawa
Food as Metaphor


Sugar is addicting, and it is making us sick: obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver, and tooth decay.

Donald Trump’s leadership and Congress are addicted to power.  Their actions are out of greed, over indulgence, corruption,and self-interest, while using sugar coated words of patriotism.


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Washington as Usual, Let Them Eat Cake,

8" H x 12" W x 12"D

Asian American Kitsch,

6" H x 9" W x 9" W,

Trump Trash,

4" H x 8" W x 8" D

Let them Eat Trump, 10" H x 10"W x 10" D

Joan Takayama Ogawa

New Work:
Mimbre Vessels & Mobiles


Coral Bowl,
6” H x 16”W x 16”D


Mimbre Inspired
4”H x 16”W x 16”D

4”H x 16”Dx 16”W

Sea Urchin
 4”H x 16”W, 16”D


Yen Yang
4”H x 16”D x 16”W


Tall and organic vessels

Heights vary from 4" to 7"

Metallic and matte finish


Fertility Mobile

3 pieces

46" Height


Sea Urchin and Coral Mobile

3 pieces

46" Height


Air plant mobile

5 pieces

59" height


Coral Mobile

5 pieces

59" height

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