Modern Remains Frontier
I don’t know why, but since I was a child I have been attracted to geometric shapes, especially aggregated geometric shapes. When I first saw the photos of ancient ruins in South America, my creativity was inspired, and I seriously wanted to express the distinctive ambience of the decayed buildings in my work. That is when I began creating ceramic sculptures composed of square tubes.
In a stage of trial-and-error, one day I dropped a piece by accident. Shocked, I regretted my terrible mistake seriously. However, next came another shock because this broken piece looked to me more beautiful than the unbroken pieces, and it appealed to me very much. Then, with a hammer, I broke all of the other finished tubes in my studio and exhibited them in a solo exhibition. This is how my Modern Remains Series was born.
When they see the ruins of decayed buildings, many people have similar nostalgic and sentimental feelings, but if those ruins possess an exquisite balance between the contemporary existence and the deterioration from the past, I believe it is possible to enhance the ephemeral and create dynamic beauty. So, when I break my pieces to create a sculpture I try to be meticulous in my effort to find the perfect balance between the original forms and the deterioration.
The Modern Remains series is created with two major concepts in mind. First, I realize that our civilization has been built on a history of creating and breaking. The countless amazing things created by human beings throughout history have also been destroyed by human beings. Although I know this is a part of human existence, to me there is a sadness about this. And this dichotomy is what I want to express in my work.
The other concept is my desire to challenge the stereotypes of in the world of contemporary ceramics where broken piece are useless, and a broken piece denotes failure. I am raising a question about this: Can works that are broken intentionally be recognized and appreciated for a new aesthetic value in ceramics? If so it will be a groundbreaking step in the ceramic world, especially in the strong, rich, diverse world of Japanese ceramics.
The Modern Remains Series has been created with only white porcelain, but over the past few years, I have been working on combining different materials, such as glass, metal, wood and lacquer. I wanted to express not only the interesting contrast of materials, but also the transparency, massive feeling, warmth and smoothness created when porcelain is combined with other materials. That is the reason why I started to create this new series.
In the Modern Remain series, I took advantage of the characteristic of the material "porcelain is breakable“, and have developed how attractively the pieces are sculptured by breaking, and I tried to express the beautiful harmony between their rough surfaces and forms.
The work submitted this time is combined with wood, but the wood also shows the interesting expressions on the split surface or when it is in the process of decay. I think this work can express the concept of my work, “breaking beauty”, with the integration of two different materials.
The submitted work is based on these concepts, but I don’t want to forget the feeling that the first broken piece looked beautiful to me. Whatsoever were the concepts of the works, I don’t want to create the pieces that I don’t feel beautiful. This might be one of the most important philosophies for me.
Year of Creation: 2019
Materials: glazed porcelain, wood (metal, glue)
2003 Graduated，Tajimi City Pottery Design And Technical Center. Japan，Technical course
2001 Graduated，Osaka University of Arts，ceramic
2017 Artist talk，History as an artist， SyuenMuseum，Tiwan
2014 Workshop & Lecture on -Contemporary Fine Japanese Arts and Crafts-，AASSM Galleries in Izmir Turkey
2013 Artist talk & Lecture on -La Ceramique Japonaise .Espace Culturel Bertin Poiree， Paris ，France
2012 Artist talk & Lecture on -JAPONISIM- Et’l Atelier Terre Croix-Baragnin， Toulouse， France
2007 Workshop & Lecture on Office for the Arts at Harvard，Ceramic Program，Boston， USA
2019 ART CENTRAL，Hong Kong
2018 Ceramic Grand Prize Exhibition， Paramita Museum， Mie，Japan
2017 CLLECT London，UK
2016 Solo Exhibition -Discover- ，Soukyo Gallery Kyoto，Japan
2015 Solo Exhibition -Reformastion-，hpgrp Gallery Tokyo，Japan
2015 SOFA Chicago，USA
2015 JAPON， ESH Gallery，Milano，Italy
2014 Dialogue with Materials: Contemporary Fine Japanese Arts and Crafts.AASSM Galleries in Izmir，Turkey
2014 Solo Exhibition -Time Axis- ，Art Front Gallery，Japan
2013 La Ceramique Japonaise，France， Germany
2012 -JAPONISIM- Et’l Atelier Terre Croix-Baragnin，France
2016 KOBE Biennale，Contemporary Ceramic competition， Incentive Award，KOBE Biennale，Contemporary Ceramic competition， Incentive Award，Kobe ，Japan
2005 the 27th Choza Award Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition，Avant-garde section， Incentive Award，the 27th Choza Award Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition，Avant-garde section， Incentive Award，Tokoname， Japan
WORKS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
2018 Victoria and Albert Museum，London ，United Kingdom
2018 The Museum of Ceramic Art， Hyogo， Hyogo ， Japan
2014 Museum of Anadolu University，Eskisehir ，Turky
2013 Sernuschi Museum，Paris ，France
2010 Museum of Fine Arts， Boston， Boston ， USA
2007 INAX Tile Museum，Tokoname， Japan