Wolf dreams

Artist Tomoko Konoike's first exhibition at the Wendi Norris Gallery, “Earthshine,” will feature the artist's works in various media: drawing, sculpture, animation, and a painted byobu, a traditional Japanese folding screen. Konoike, who studied and works in Tokyo, is especially known for her intricate and mesmerizing depictions of wolves, which are extinct in Japan. Recently, her works have come to incorporate the themes of death, development, and decay, primarily in response to Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami disaster. Often surreal, her work explores the blurred distinctions between humans, animals, and landscape, guiding her audience through a simultaneously serene and disorienting alternate reality meant in part to convey the collective conscience.

Exhibit begins with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Wendi Norris Gallery, 161 Jessie St., S.F. .

Sept. 5-Oct. 31, 2013

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