2008年10月24日

Forms in Succession

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Greetings from Kansai! Firstly, my apologies are extended to all our friends who have been anticipating new (and more frequent) posts on this blog. It's an impossibility for me to write in tepid brevity, and leisurely entries are becoming increasingly difficult to procure when time is short. However, I hope to up the ante come this November (as hope itself is an illimitable oasis).

Just a short note today to remind those who haven't seen the Nagae Shigekazu exhibition to jump on the nearest train and rush over to Yufuku, as the show is coming to a close tomorrow and Nagae-san himself (one of the most serene and humble artists I've had the pleasure of meeting), will be there 'til the end. Please do say hello. His white Seto porcelain works are genuinely inspiring, and the artist's fans include not only collectors, critics and museum curators but many, many artists including Kishi Eiko, among others. Abstract porcelain works are rare, and Nagae-san's works are a triumph of both imagination and technique.

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From eastern skies,

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Toku Art Limited

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2008年09月26日

Nagae Shigekazu - First Solo Exhibition Since 2005, from Oct. 16th at Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo

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Preview shots from different angles of a dynamic new work by Nagae Shigekazu, called "Forms In Succession."

Nagae Shigekazu (1953- ) returns to the ceramic scene after a 3-year hiatus, which was largely brought about due to a tragic fire that destroyed the artist's entire studio in 2006. It took the artist several years to properly rebuild his studio, along with creating new plaster casts for his works. Many leading museums and collectors have been anticipating new works by the artist for several years now, and with his most recent acquisition by the V&A in London just this month, we can say with confidence that the world is enthusiastically looking forward to Nagae's latest creations.

The exclusive Yufuku/Toku Art Exhibition of Nagae Shigekazu's latest works, called Tsuranari no Katachi (Forms in Succession), will begin from Oct. 16 at Yufuku Gallery. If you cannot make it but would like previews, please contact us at info@toku-art.com.

From eastern skies,

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Toku Art Limited

About the Artist
NAGAE Shigekazu (長江重和 1953- ), along with Fukami Sueharu,
is one of the leading pioneers of porcelain casting and firing
techniques in Japan. Casting is commonly associated with the
mass production of porcelain, yet Nagae valiantly transcends this stereotype, ultimately elevating this technique to the avant-garde. Casting alone cannot achieve the natural movements found within Nagae's forms. In fact, the intensity of his gas-kiln fires help mould, shape and curve his delicate white porcelain, thereby giving birth to sleek and razor-thin silhouettes that have become Nagae trademarks.

Among Nagae's many awards and recognitions are the Grand Prix at the 1998 Triennal de la Porcelain in Nyon and the Grand Prix at the Mino Ceramic Festival in the same year, along with the Grand Prix at the 1997 Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition. He has also been acquired by such institutions as the V&A in London, the Sevres National Museum in Paris, and the Musee Ariana in Geneva, as well as the Japan Foundation.

About the Works
Nagae's latest works, his first since 2005, test the limits of his ingenious porcelain casting techniques, and are the culmination of his extensive experiments and research into the
qualities of both clay and fire. Called Tsuranari no Katachi (Forms in Succession), they are essentially porcelain objects
that contain individually casted porcelain shapes that are attached together. After each separate shape is slip-casted through a bisque-firing, they are combined by glazing the joints and suspending the work in mid-air within Nagae's kiln. As the glaze melts and crystalises in the kiln fires, the pieces are successfully attached. Yet at the same time, the luscious draping and tapering of his organic curves are borne through "chance" natural kiln effects.

Thus his resulting "Forms in Succession" are the virtuosic synthesis of differing parts that combine to form an intriguing whole. Although minimalistic at first glance, Nagae Shigekazu's works embody a multitude of intricate techniques, coupled with the natural beauty of serendipity within the kiln fires.
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2007年08月22日

A Glimpse of What's To Come

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(Tsunanari no Katachi -works currently on display at Yufuku Gallery)

Seto extraordinaire Nagae Shigekazu (長江重和 1953-) is one of the leading porcelain artists working in Japan today. He is a master of both clay casting and firing techniques, and has really pushed the boundaries of both realms through his relentless pursuit of innovation.

He is a quiet artist, who would much rather be working with clay than going on verbose tangents and pithy explanations upon his works.

Today, however, we are proud to present a short commentary by Nagae regarding his new clay series, entitled "Tsunanari no Katachi 列なりのかたち (Forms in Succession)." This series is the first debut of new works since Nagae's 1995 exhibition "Sogu Katachi 削ぐかたち (Shorn Forms)."

Nagae is still struggling, in a sense, to master his new creation, esp. as it requires extreme skill and precision to create the clay casts, as well as to fire without cracking the piece. We know, however, that his works will only get better with time, and we look forward to its fruition.

In the meantime, some words from Nagae himself regarding Tsunanari no Katachi.

"This new series is comprised of various shapes, whether they be triangular, rectangular or hexagonal, that are assorted as sets, then hung within a kiln and fired accordingly. Through kiln firing, the various curves and surfaces coalesce and unite in succession, thereby creating changing forms. Such is my intent.

Glaze is applied to each connecting part before firing. Then the pieces are suspended in mid-air within the kiln. As the glaze melts through the kiln fires, it crystalizes into glass. Thus what is left are "ceramic forms in succession.'"

And so, please enjoy a glimpse of the future.

Wahei Aoyama 青山和平
Toku Art Limited

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