With pleasure we welcome Takashi Soga (b.1952) back to LongHouse with his Eye of the Ring (2007). His kinetic sculptures are a source of pure delight for youngsters and oldsters alike. Defying gravity, they disrupt our expectations of terra firma and rework our comfort level. With the mid-century sculptures of George Rickey and Alexander Calder paving the way, Soga uses an ingenious method of counterbalances to create monumental pieces that seem to defy gravity and, moving to and fro, hover weightlessly, without obvious visual support. Residing in Utica, NY, Soga was born in Osaka, Japan, and graduated from Osaka University of Art in 1975. He is the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including the Grand Prize at the 13th International Art Exhibition in Japan (1980), the Nagano Prize (1998), and the prestigious Pollock- Krasner Grant (2005)