The Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University will present an exhibit which debuted at Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts entitled Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto.

The show will open to the public with an artist’s reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and will run through Dec. 8 at Laband, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester.

The exhibit began with Japanese artist Yamamoto working on creating an original installation out of hundreds of pounds of sea salt.

Yamamoto said he began using salt as an art form after the passing of his sister at the age of 24 due to brain cancer. In Japanese culture, salt is a symbol used for mourning and Yamamoto’s creating of salt was a tool for grieving over the loss, a gallery spokesperson notes.

Yamamoto started a two-week residency at the gallery Aug. 26 and students on campus as well as members of the public are welcome to watch him in his journey to create art pieces out of hundreds of pounds of sea salt. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30-31, and Sept. 4-6.

“The artwork itself is incredible,” said director and curator of the Laband Art Gallery, Carolyn Peter. “For someone to create an artistic piece out of a substance that we all as humans need and use is absolutely breathtaking.”

Other than the main centerpiece, there will be other salt pictures and artwork from Yamamoto, as well as a video that displays his installation process.

“You can see it as a whole art piece, but as you look closely, it all comes down to that one piece of salt,” said Peter.

After the exhibit has concluded on Dec. 8, members of the public are welcome to come to the gallery and help dismantle the sculpture and return the many pounds of salt back to the sea in nearby Playa del Rey, hence the name of the title, Return to the Sea.

“The LMU community as well as the greater Westside community has such an incredible opportunity,” said Peter. “The community can not only participate in watching Mr. Yamamoto create his artwork, but help him return the salt back to its home in the Pacific Ocean when the exhibit is finished.”

Information, (310) 338-2880.

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