2008年04月16日

Various On-Going and Up-Coming Exhibitions

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(Haikaku Vase by Kako Katsumi, photo courtesy of the artist)

Among the many solo ceramic exhibitions that are currently taking place in Japan, I'd like to turn your attention to three shows that may prove interesting.

Firstly, Kako Katsumi 加古勝己 1965- )
will be exhibiting for the 10th consecutive year at Ikebukuro's Tobu Department Store, from April 17th to the 23rd.

One key aspect of Kako's works that I have always enjoyed is the lack of pretentiousness. There is a soothing and gentle ambience to his forms and glazes, and perhaps such is why the artist has many female fans. Not only this, Kako's works have at their core the fundamental element of functionality. His works are easy to use, and are meant to be used. Lately he has been working on a new style which incorporates the pigment of red: I hope to visit the show and report on this artist's progress in the coming week.

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(Highlight of a recent Kawabata work, photo courtesy of Gallery Utsuwakan)

Kawabata Kentaro (川端健太郎 1976- ) is a young artist who is currently having an exhibition at Kyoto's Gallery Utsuwa-kan until the 29th of April. Having won a flurry of prizes since his debut in 2001, Kawabata is quickly gaining acclaim for his surreal world of twisted shapes and swirling colours. Although I won't be able to visit the show, I do hope that fans in the Kansai region will take note.

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(Ichino Masahiko "Untitled" at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, photo courtesy of the gallery)

Lastly, Ichino Masahiko (市野雅彦 1961- ) is having a major exhibition at the prestigous Nihombashi Mitsukoshi from April 22nd to the 28th. In this exhibition, Ichino will be taking on the theme of ceramic "cocoons", which he calls "the vessels of life." I first saw Ichino undertake this style during last year's Paramita Exhibition. I thought it was excellent then (esp. as I enjoy Ichino's organic forms as opposed to his rigid and tense works), and I look forward to reviewing the evolution of this imaginative artist in the next few weeks.

From eastern skies,

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Toku Art Limited

Bonus: Tsujimura Yui makes some of the most splendidly seductive vases in Japan today. Just see the curves on this piece, and even more unbelievable is that milky-way firing! This piece is one in a million. Kudos to Yui-san.

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