2011年11月05日

A Short Blip Before a Sydney Trip

Hello from a rather muggy afternoon in Tokyo. It's been a hectic two weeks during the Nakamura Takuo exhibition - the amount of traffic seems to be on par with Mihara-san, which is not surprising considering that it's been a good 3 years since his last solo exhibition. In fact, the number of visitors actually beat out Mihara-san when tallying the results of the last day of the exhibition (today, that is). Congratulations to Takuo-san on an exceptional show - I think many ceramic fans and critics alike were similarly mesmerised by his new works, which oozed a more dynamic, confident aire.

Actually, I'm off to Australia tomorrow to discuss a possible Mihara Ken exhibition in Sydney with a leading Australian contemporary art gallery - the show is tentatively scheduled for 2013. Can't wait to disclose more info in the coming months once the show is fully confirmed. Australia, here I come!

As mentioned in previous posts, Yufuku's upcoming show will feature new work by Kako Katsumi, starting from the 17th of November.

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(Two large Kako works before firing)

I just spoke with him, and the artist is currently fast at work in placing the finishing touches to his stoneware surfaces. It's an exciting prospect to be able to show Kako-san at Yufuku. We've been talking about it for some time, esp. as he had always looked up to several of our artists such as Mihara Ken and Ichino Masahiko, but the timing was never right. As a chawan artist, I think his work is exceptional, and has been exceptional for several years now.

Yet in regards to his sculptural work, I found his works lacking that extra kick of charisma. But recently, his forms have become far stronger, his decorative motifs far simpler and bolder. Let's hope the new works (which I will be selecting upon my return from Sydney) will exhibit the further evolvemnet of the artist's aesthetics. He is definitely an artist to watch in regards to the generation right after Mihara-san and Ichino-san. It may be a good time to collect his works as well - they are still quite reasonable, I believe.

Sorry for the short entry - it's been a killer week. Hope to write more while in Sydney; please stay tuned!

From eastern skies,

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Yufuku Gallery
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