2009年06月03日

Mihara Ken - Forms Borne From Within

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Mihara Ken (1958- 三原研)'s first solo exhibition since his Japan Ceramic Society Award Exhibition in August of 2008 will take place from June 4th to 13th at Yufuku Gallery in Tokyo, Japan (Sun, Mon closed).

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His new works exhibit the beginning of a new chapter in Mihara's career. The artist, much like Kamoda Shoji (who he is often compared to), is hardly complacent in recreating the same forms and firings that had captured much acclaim in recent years. Rather, he wishes to give birth to new forms and firings that "are naturally borne from (his) inner spirit." Thus, no longer will we see these two signature forms that have been widely collected by museums the world over in the past two years alone.

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Rather, his new forms exhibit even greater simplicity and a stark, bulb-esque minimalism that are, in essence, a window into the mind of the artist. Mihara's new works pulsate with a relaxed and assured confidence in his own abilities - it seems as if the artist is well aware that he is now at the height of his powers. Yet where many artists will tend to overdo and outshow his or her abilities at their prime by trying too hard, or in other words, falling towards pretension or awkward contrivement, Mihara steers toward a far more serene aptitude. Furthermore, the new works also exhibit a range of tones, from the poetically austere to vivid oranges and blues, which are a result of a revamped firing technique that he has further tweaked from the experiments of his past Kigen (Genesis) series.

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We hope you enjoy the new works of Mihara Ken, unquestionably one of the leading ceramic artists of his generation. For a detailed preview of the works, or for any enquiries into prices and availability, please email us at info@toku-art.com. We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition.

From eastern skies,

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Toku Art Limited

ps. In the next few days I will be posting an interview article with Mihara-san. Please stay tuned.

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