"To Be Both Inside and Outside."
The exhibition of ceramic works by Jun Kawajiri
Distortion, Crack, and Shining.
That’s Japanese Ceramic!
Mar 16, 2021 - Apr 30, 2021
UCHIGO and SHIZIMI Gallery and Wada Garou Tokyo are pleased to present a solo exhibition by a ceramic artist Jun Kawajiri, Distortion, Crack, and Shining. That’s Japanese Ceramic!, beginning on March 16th, 2021.
Jun’s ancestors had been involved in the ceramics business for generations since the mid-Edo period, and his family has produced Kiyomizu-pottery for four generations in Kyoto. He also has his own atelier in the area known for Kiyomizu-pottery, Kyoto and keeps creating and presenting works. After learning “Japanese unbalanced beauty” from the structure of Japanese gardens and tea rooms at the university, he has become engrossed deeply in unique Japanese aesthetics cherishing distortions and cracks. Completing his Ph.D. at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1992, he published a book “Cherishing Distortions” in 2002 from Pola Research Institute of Beauty and Culture.
In this exhibition, we will present works that Jun deliberately distorted, cracked, and chipped, based on his strong admiration for the “imbalanced beauty”. For some people, “cracks” and “distortions” that created intentionally are sometimes grotesque, calculating, and less beautiful than those that happened naturally. He, however, wishes that the gallery visitors enjoy the imperfection they have as well.
―[...] I want to create the works that are cracked, chipped, and distorted, but at the same time, they are shining in gold and silver by coloring beautifully as hard as I can. We humans should be loved by people even if we have a handicap, are nonstandard, are different from others, or have shortcomings. That is what I’m trying to express in my works.
(From the interview for this exhibition)
This exhibition will simultaneously be held at 2 venues, UCHIGO and SHIZIMI Gallery (Jimbo-cho) and Wada Garou Tokyo (Ginza). We will display various types of his ceramics, not only tea bowls and flat plates but also installation art and large-scale objects. It would be a valuable opportunity to see his works together in one place, so we hope you enjoy them at the venue!
An exhibition of ceramic works by Jun Kawajiri
Distortion, Crack and Shining. That’s Japanese Ceramic!
Dates: March 16–April 30, 2021
Venue #1：UCHIGO and SHIZIMI Gallery
Maison de Ville Kanda Jinbocho 1F
(Jinbocho Sakura Street)
2-11-4, Kanda Jinbo-cho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Hours： Mon.-Fri. 10:30~18:00
Closed on Sat, San, and national holidays
Venue #2： Wada Garou Tokyo
3F 3-5-16, Ginza , Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 104-0061
Hours： Tue.- San. 13:00~18:30
Closed on Mon and national holidays
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