[Art Exhibition] ART Colours Vol. 23 Takuo Nakamura ≈ Kanazawa Crafts Exhibition
“Takuo Nakamura ≈ Kanazawa Crafts Exhibition” (*) will be held as the 23rd exhibition of ART colours which celebrate the four seasons of Japan with art.
From “Taisetsu” to “Risshun“, winter to spring, is the most spectacular season of the 24 solar terms of the year which are filed with auspicious days. Kanazawa, the Kaga clan castle town in Hokuriku region known as the kingdom of the tea ceremony, is also known for craft arts with aesthetic value used in everyday life, which have been continually refined since olden times. In this exhibition, you will experience the dignified elegance of winter of Hokuriku region through works by ceramic artist Takuo Nakamura who embodies Kanazawa crafts with a free interpretation, as well as up-and-coming artists and visual artist who all have a deep connection with Kanazawa and are active in various fields.
We hope you enjoy these works which represent the “Now” of Kanazawa without being bound by the limitations of traditional crafts, and Kanazawa’s sense of the aesthetic which brings everyday life and beauty ever closer together.
* “≈” is a sign which means approximation.
– Current progressive forms of the Kanazawa aesthetic –
It is not commonly known that Toshiie Maeda, the first lord of Kaga clan, gave stipend to Koetsu Honami from the time he was one of Nobunaga’s retainers. This means that even the first lord of Kaga clan had the potential to be a patron of cultural arts. Since then, great cultural assets were accumulated during the clan government period which lasted 300 years. The nature to encourage cultural arts which were passed down to the townspeople have developed Kanazawa’s distinctive sense of aesthetics over a hundred years since Meiji period, changing its form in various ways.
The “Culture of Kanazawa”, in which artistic elements have melded with every part of daily life, is continuously living in the townspeople who were brought up to experience it with their “hands” and “eyes”.
The artistic expression of Takuo Nakamura, a third generation descendant of Baizan Nakamura who lived in the early Meiji period, is exactly a modern progressive form of that Kanazawa aesthetic (Miyabi Kaneda, Gallery Ten).
[Art Exhibition] ART Colours Vol. 23
Takuo Nakamura ≈ Kanazawa Crafts Exhibition
Date: December 4, 2017 (Mon.) – February 18, 2018 (Sun.)
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 25F & 31F, Park Hotel Tokyo
Fare: Admission Free
Supported by: Kanazawa Tourist Association
Exhibiting artist: Takuo Nakamura,
Hirotoh Morikawa, Naoki Sakai, Michio Kono, Shingo Muramoto, Saya Yamagishi,
Eriko Asano, Meiri Ishida, Tomoaki Endo, Fumi Terawaki, Kazuko Kaneda
Curation: Miyabi Kaneda, Gallery Ten
Produced by: creative unit moon
■ ART colours by hotel’s culinary artists ■
※ Price include 10% service charge & consumption tax
Period: December 4, 2017 (Mon.) – February 18, 2018 (Sun.)
ART Lounge (25F)
Dessert: Gateau chocolat which decided to be a box
Price: JPY 1,500 (14:30 – 17:30)
Japanese Dessert: Flaming
Created by Japanese Wagashi Artist Shiho Sakamoto
* Served as one of desserts in Afternoon Tea
Bar The Society (25F)
Chief Cocktail Designer Takayuki Suzuki
Price: JPY 1,600
◆ Takuo Nakamura
Born 1945 in Kanazawa City, ceramic artist
Studied under his father Baizan Nakamura. In addition to Wako (Tokyo), and Joan B Mirviss LTD (NY), his works are exhibited at solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and many museum exhibitions, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Museum, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
Although his works are reminiscent of the Rimpa School, his creative and modern style adds new innovations to tradition, like ‘Kanazawa’ itself.
◆ Hirotoh Morikawa
Born 1963 in Kanazawa City, video creator, composer, photographer.
Graduated in visual studies at the Faculty of Art, Tama Art University. In 2000, he directed the music for the Japan Pavilion of the Hannover World Expo in Germany, and is involved in a wide range of artistic presentations including events, art, and museum exhibition music composition. From 2011, he began visual events in Kanazawa. He also collaborates with Noh masters, traditional Japanese dancers and others, and is active in many fields.
◆ Naoki Sakai
Born 1973 in Gunma Prefecture, metalwork artist
Completed a course in the Forge Research Laboratory of Tokyo University of the Arts. After earning his doctoral degree (2003), he was part-time lecturer at the same university from 2003 to 2005. After training at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop, he became part-time lecturer at Kanazawa University and Kanazawa College of Art. Currently, he is an affiliate member of the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop. He has won the Nomura Award (Collection of the Tokyo Fine Arts School Museum) (2003), Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition Soukeikai Prize for Metalwork Crafts (2011, 2015), the Sato Artcraft Research & Scholarship Foundation Tansui Award (2012), the Kanazawa Municipal Craft Exhibition World Craft City Declaration Commemoration Prize (2010, 2013), the World Craft Competition Second Prize (2013), and the Grand Prize and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (2016) at the Tableware Festival 2016. Currently, in Kanazawa City, on the theme of “Metals Close to Daily Life”, he creates works that harmonize with contemporary space.
◆ Michio Kono
Born 1984 in Ibaraki Prefecture, metalworking artist
After graduating from the Department of Arts and Crafts at Kanazawa College of Art (2008), he completed a course at the graduate school of the same college (2011). Subsequently, he worked as a technical trainee at Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop, and is now producing works at Tsukiura Studio (Kanazawa). He takes the forms of insects and fish as a source of ideas. When substituted by metal, in Kono’s hands, they become even more graceful and delicate. Using mainly copper and all kinds of techniques from hammering it out with a hammer, carving and fretwork to color finishing, he expresses powerful and beautiful forms extracted from what exists in nature.
◆ Shingo Muramoto
Born 1970 in Ishikawa Prefecture, lacquer artist
After completing his master’s course majoring in lacquerwork at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts (1997), he was Kintsugi-Makie* Course Lecturer of Japanese Culture Lifelong Learning Promotion Committee 21 (2005-10), and lacquerwork specialist at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop (2010-15), and now is active in Kanazawa City. He has received many awards including the Craft Competition in Takaoka (Jury Prize), International Urushi Exhibition (Special Jury Prize), and the Kanazawa Municipal Crafts Exhibition (Grand Prize). His works are on display in the Ishikawa Prefecture Design Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, and the Tuofu Museum of Art (Fuzhou, China).
*Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.
*Makie (literally: sprinkled picture) is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration.
◆ Saya Yamagishi
Born 1981 in Ishikawa Prefecture, lacquer artist
Born in a “Kutaniyaki” potterymaking family, she majored and graduated in lacquer crafts at Kanazawa College of Art (2006), and completed a course at Kanazawa Utatsuyama Crafts Workshop (2013). Currently she produces works at Nomi City Crafts Workshop. Using traditional decorative lacquer techniques such as Makie and Raden*, she mainly creates “jewelry” items which are more familiar to us. In recent years, she produced a series of works known as “Plant Collecting” featuring plants created out of her own imagination.
*Raden is a style and technique in Japanese lacquerware and woodwork using inlays of shell and ivory to decorate pieces that usually have a wood base, whether lacquered or not, though bases of metal or other materials may be used. The shells used include mother-of-pearl, abalone and other types.
◆ Eriko Asano
Born 1987 in Ishikawa Prefecture, glass work artist
Produces works of glass using cut glass techniques. Graduated from the Toyama Glass Work Laboratory Molding Department in 2008, and completed a study course at the same school in 2010. Subsequently, she completed a course at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop in 2014, and now produces works in Ishikawa Prefecture.
◆ Meiri Ishida
Born 1974 in Tokyo, contemporary jewelry artist
After graduating from the 3D Design Department of Tama Art University, she went to Italy after working at a jewelry company designer, and learnt theory and practice at the ALCHIMIA Contemporary Jewelry School (Florence, Italy). Currently she has ateliers in Kanazawa and Tokyo, and exhibits works at galleries in Europe and Asia. In 2012, her works were acquired by the Italian Contemporary Jewelry Association and the Cominelli Foundation.
◆ Tomoaki Endo
Born 1981 in Aichi Prefecture, Japanese painting artist
In 2007, he majored in painting and completed a course at the graduate school of Kanazawa College of Art. In 2015, his works were featured at FACE Exhibition 2015, and Sompo Japan Nippon Koa Museum of Art (Tokyo).
He is especially good at gentle colors, and his floral designs create a unique ambiance. Last year, he began production of evolutionary works using gold foil which mark the passage of time. They are also on display in Singapore and other countries, and really embodies the Japanese sense of aesthetics.
◆ Fumi Terawaki
Born 1980 in Aichi Prefecture, Japanese painting artist
In 2007, she majored and completed a course in Japanese painting at the Art and Crafts Research Department of the Graduate School of Kanazawa College of Art.
She draws crystals (gemstones), extracts the lines, embosses them on hemp paper, and then colors them. She sees an object from various aspects, overlays it with an interpretation not bound by preconception, and draws the object itself more sensuously.
◆ Kazuko Kaneda
Born 1944 in Ishikawa Prefecture, calligrapher
Since around 1980, she has belonged to the Japan Sea Molding Association, a Kanazawa contemporary art group, and exhibited works created with sumi (Japanese ink). Until the Association disbanded in 2007, they were exhibited at the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, and at the 21st Century Museum of Art in its early days. The inks and paper used in the works is 40 to 60 years old. Over the span of 2-3 years, their black coloration gradually deepens. Using the slight difference in color which then appears (the “character” of the sumi), she creates works that have perspective although they are flat.