The following information was submitted in September of 2006 by the artist:Kana Tanaka is an installation artist who uses the medium of glass to explore light and optical phenomena and to challenge conventional ways of seeing. Tanaka was born and raised in Aichi, Japan. In early 90s as a student in the Arts and Crafts Department at the National Aichi University of Education in Japan, she became captivated by the qualities of molten glass and specialized in glassblowing. Then, in the MFA program at Rhode Island School of Design (1996–1999) in Providence, Rhode Island, she began to use glass as a medium for emphasizing experience of light, and her style shifted from small object making to site-specific installation works that involved the viewer in more rich and multi-dimensional ways.
At the end of 2000, she moved to California to expand her career in art with glass and light. She was awarded an artist grant from Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2001, which allowed her to set up a studio space on Mare Island, where she developed her new body of work. Supported by another artist grant from POLA Art Foundation of Tokyo in 2002, she accomplished many gallery installation exhibitions and several other collaborative projects. Being awarded and commissioned by the Solano County in 2004, she completed a permanent public art installation of a large-scale suspended glass sculpture for the main entry lobby of the Solano County Government Center in Fairfield during the spring of 2005. Currently she exhibits her work in art galleries and theatrical environments in the San Francisco Bay Area, while she continues to look for more large-scale public art opportunities.
Periodicals Where Referenced:
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Holiday issue, 2000
"Kana Tanaka: Beyond the Familiar" by Ellen Pollak, pp. 20-21
The Napa Valley Register, Arts and Entertainment, December 6, 2001
'Light Plays: The Beauty and Power of Glass" by Gary Brady-Herndon, pp. 1 D and 2D.
Davis Art Center, 7/10-8/15, 2003,
The Southern Exposure Gallery (Non-Profit organization)
San Francisco, CA