Hiroshi Kaito –Glass
Risa Ohgi –Ceramics
Shinpei Matsuzaki –Urushi Lacquerware
Satoshi Mizushiro –Metalsmithing
Understanding the materials and acquiring an in-depth knowledge of techniques are the core skills necessary for mastering any crafting process. Embracing the challenge of combining their own personal artistic research with the quest for these competences, the four Japanese artists featured in this exhibition have been all teaching at the Tokyo University of the Arts while pursuing their own practice.
The old Japanese artistic expressions deriving from China and Korea were later influenced by encounters with the West after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate; the cross-contamination of these two cultural energies have produced extraordinary results. Similarly, the UK has experienced the cohabitation of different cultures , and this coexistence had emboldened the innovative and experimentational processes which have formed an outstanding legacy in British crafts. While working to promote their traditional works, the artists of Decorative but Calm have in turn realised that craftsmanship is an international language; crafts appeal to the personal sensibility of each viewer.
Some people may feel that “craftsmanship” and “decorative” imply an overpowering and extravagant use of techniques and embellishments. In this exhibition the pursuit of elaborate designs instead aims, in a true expression of Japanese aesthetics, to create a “decorative but calm” space for reflection that does not intend to overwhelm the viewer.
This exhibition was preceded by a previous project, “Material Symphysis”, held jointly by the University for the Creative Arts and the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2016.
Private View: 14 September 2017, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: 14 September 2017, 6:30pm
The artists will be joined in conversation by Dr Rupert Faulkner, Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Victoria and Albert Museum
Booking online essential
Special Opening: Saturday 16 September, 10am-5pm
Demonstration Event: Saturday 16 September,
2:30pm-4pm, please book attendance to this event separately at: http://dajf.org.uk/exhibitions/decorative-but-calm-japanese-artists-and-modern-craftsmanship/demonstration-event-japanese-artists-and-modern-craftsmanship
15–22 September 2017
Admission free, Monday–Friday 9.30am–5pm
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
Image: Ceramic Batik, 2015, ceramics © Risa Ohgi