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Chelsea Roberts
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Gallery Exhibit—Cedar Crest College 

Gregory Coates: “Honne-Tatemae”

Allentown, Pa. (August 20, 2010)—Cedar Crest College presents an exhibition of the work of artist Gregory Coates titled, “Honne-Tatemae,” from August 23 through September 24 in Lachaise Gallery of the Miller Family Building, with an artist talk and reception scheduled for September 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.


Gregory Coates during a 2010 residency in Japan.

“Honne” is a Japanese word referring to a person’s true feelings, which are often kept hidden from others. Tatemae literally means “façade,” which is what a person shows their feelings to be in public. Coates said his exhibition will include drawings, paintings and sculpture that are typically what he would show to the outside world—Tatemae—while also displaying pieces that come from his unique interpretation of what art can be—Honne.

Part of this shift to using unorthodox materials and processes began during an artist in residency in Capetown, South Africa, in 1996, during which Coates had his paints lost during transit. This led him to explore making art with anything he could find. When Coates went to Japan last year for an art exhibition, he concluded that the “Honne-Tatemae” concept jibed with where he was as an artist.

“I have recognized Honne-Tatemae in my art-making and even more so in the exhibiting; presenting myself through my art,” said Coates, who moved to Allentown five years ago.

Cedar Crest College Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins said Coates is a fine choice to kick off the College’s 2010-11 art exhibition season.

It’s always good to support a working artist within your community and to show students that art-making isn’t just an abstract idea; that it has a viable place within our lives outside of the college experience,” Wiggins said. “Greg’s work is interesting because of his use of materials that are not associated with art-making. He also moves freely between several disciplines such as painting, video, etc. Having artists of his caliber in our area and easily available to our students is immensely important to us as a liberal arts institution.”

Coates most recently showed his work in 2010 in a show also called “Honne-Tatemae,” in conjunction with his six-week residency in Obama City, Japan, at Gallery Kura. Coates’ work was included in the Aichi Triennale, with a one-person show at Cho-Min in Togo, Japan. He has also exhibited works recently at The Dash Gallery in New York City, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery in Chicago, and The State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo.

In 2008, he served as a visiting artist/lecturer at Brown University in Providence, R.I., and as visiting artist at the University of Rhode Island. He has been a regular visiting critic at the School of Visual Art’s summer residency in New York City since 2001. His work is featured in public collections such as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia and the Studio Museum in Harlem, N.Y. Coates has earned the New York Foundation Fellowship in Painting , the Joan Mitchell  Foundation Fellowship, and the Pollock-Krasner Award. He studied art at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Kunst Academie Dusseldorf in Germany, and Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.

The “Honne-Tatemae” exhibit featuring the art of Gregory Coates is free and open to the public. The Lachaise Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., as well as by appointment. For an appointment or additional information contact Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.


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