COLLECT ( London ) 2014
May 09, 2014 - May 12, 2014
May 8, 2014
The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects
9 - 12 May 2014
Thursday, May 8, 4-7pm : Exclusive Preview
Thursday, May 8, 7-9pm : Collector's View
Friday, May 9, 10am-12pm : Private View
Friday 12 noon -6pm
Sunday 11am -6pm
Duke of York's HQ King's Road
London SW3 4RY United Kingdom
Based in Tokyo and New York, Ippodo Gallery works to foster and promote innovation in the traditional Japanese arts and crafts, with special emphasis on utensils for the tea ceremony.
Ippodo's collections express a contemporary sensibility which is so radical and pervasive that it needs a new name, 'Surjaponisme'.
Ever since they were first displayed at London's Great Exhibition of 1862 and the Paris International Exposition of 1867, Japanese art-crafts, or kogei as they are known, have made a powerful impact on the West. Japonisme has continued to exert a profound influence over painting, ceramics, objets d'art, furniture, textiles and even jewelry. Bringing art into daily life, its designs bring an understated beauty to unexpected places and demonstrate a close affinity with nature. The significance of Japonisme is immeasurable.
Firing clay, carving wood, forging metals and weaving threads, kogei continues to thrive in the twenty-first century. Its practitioners are quiet and single-minded. It is both a radical and a universal art form.
We welcome this contemporary sensibility and give it the name 'Surjaponisme'.
Artists Exhibited :
Shiro Tsujimura (ceramics) (b. 1947)
Kohei Nakamura (ceramics) (b. 1948)
Hideki Yanashita (ceramics) (b. 1967)
Takashi Ueda (paper) (B. 1934)
Shinya Yamamura (lacquer) (b. 1960)
Tohru Matsuzaki (lacquer) (b. 1944)
Shochiku Tanabe (bamboo) (b. 1973)
Junko Narita (Doll) (b. 1946)
Genbei Kondaya (textile) (b.1948)
Takumi Miyazaki (metalwork) (b. 1969)
Kyokko Kaida (bamboo) (b. 1946)
Midori Tsukada (glass) (b. 1972)
Jihei Murase (lacquer) (b. 1957)
Yukiya Izumita (ceramics) (b. 1966)
Katsuya Ohgita (glass) (b. 1957)
Tohru Kaneko ( metal ) (b.1962)
Takashi Tomo-oka ( photography ) ( b.1971)
Shiro Tsujimura ( ceramics ) (b. 1947)
The creator of Japan's most beautiful tea bowls. Originally a painter, he became enraptured by the aura of maternal benevolence he experienced when he came into contact with an anonymous O-IDO tea bowl as a young man and ever since, he has dedicated himself to the production of tea bowls at his studio in the mountains of Nara Prefecture. The ceramics created by this gifted artist continue to delight collectors around the world and can be found in the collections of major museums in Europe and the U.S.
Kohei Nakamura ( ceramics ) (b. 1948)
Born the third son of the famous Kanazawa potter, Baizan Nakayama, he initially displayed his exceptional talent through the creation of contemporary ceramics. He caused a sensation in 1983 with an exhibition at New York's Garth Clark Gallery, but following his return to Japan, he began to concentrate on producing traditional tea bowls. Last year, his skill was highlighted once more with the display of his 'Heisei Ido Tea Bowls'. His work is collected internationally.
Hideki Yanashita ( ceramics ) (b. 1967)
As a result of his fascination with everything connected to the tea ceremony, from the architecture of the tea rooms to the ceramic utensils, Hideki Yanashita took up the study of pottery. In addition to his research into tea ceremony utensils, he also creates refined tea bowls in the style of Iga or Shigaraki ware.
Takashi Ueda ( paper ) (b. 1934)
Using traditional, handmade, Japanese paper, Takashi Ueda creates gorgeously decorated paper known as kinkarakami, which resembles the decorative leather that was first introduced to Japan from Europe during the Edo period (1603-1868). Following its display at the Paris Exposition in 1867, kinkarakami became extremely popular in Europe where large quantities were imported to decorate the walls and ceilings of the homes of the European nobility. Later, it lost its market to industrially mass-produced goods and the secret of its manufacture was lost. In 1985, Takashi Ueda established a laboratory carry out research into kinkarakami. His work can be found in the collections of Buckingham Palace and the Kyu-Iwasakitei house that was originally built by the Iwasaki family, founders of the Mitsubishi Corporation.
Shinya Yamamura ( lacquer ) (b. 1960 )
Shinya Yamamura produces a thin, light wood bases that he then decorates using traditional lacquering techniques, such as gold/silver lacquer, mother-of-pearl and eggshell inlay, etc., fusing them with contemporary designs. His new designs have caught the eye of collectors and many of his works have also been acquired by museums.
Tohru Matsuzaki ( lacquer ) (b. 1944)
Tohru Matsuzaki uses chisel and plane to create the bases for his work out of zelkova or chestnut wood that he then finishes with thick coatings of natural Japanese urushi lacquer. He has created a unique, artistic world, evocative of both Negoro and Korea's Joseon Dynasty styles. In form, his work can be said to embody the essence of the MINGEI 'folk craft' movement.
Shochiku Tanabe ( bamboo ) (b. 1973)
A third generation bamboo artist, he was born into the household of Chikuunsai Tanabe. The architectural forms he creates through his bamboo weaving are completely new. He also works in collaboration with Takashi Wakamiya who applies lacquer to the bamboo, using a technique that said to be extremely difficult.
Junko Narita ( doll ) (b. 1946 )
Junko Narita creates dolls dressed in costumes made from antique kimonos, dating back 300-400 years. The spirits that inhabit Japanese nature and history are brought back to life through her work, which can be described as a form of three-dimensional mixed-media art.
Genbei Kondaya X ( textile ) (b.1948)
Genbei Kondaya X is the tenth generation owner of the famous Kyoto obi specialist, Kondaya, which has remained a leader in its field for 275 years. He employs gifted weavers to produce the very highest quality obi. He says, "the greatest challenge is to preserve traditions."
Takumi Miyazaki ( metalwork ) (b. 1969)
Born the eldest son of Kanchi Miyazaki, the fourteenth generation metalworker in a family that has been involved in this field for 350 years. His family used to produce tea-ceremony kettles for the Maeda family who were the Daimyo of Kanazawa domain. The metal of his kettles has a blue cast that continues to be highly sought after by aficionados of the tea ceremony.
Kyokko Kaida ( bamboo ) (b. 1946)
Having participated in the tea ceremony since an early age, Kyokko Kaida possesses a deep understanding of the beauty and forms connected with this discipline. From 1980 he began to teach himself to create bamboo tea scoops. The sophisticated shapes and the names he applies to them appeal greatly to practitioners of tea.
Midori Tsukada ( glass ) (b. 1972)
Using various metals to color the surface, she spends several days shaping the glass that has been melted at high temperatures. Finally she uses cutting wheels and sandblasting to create her own unique style.
Jihei Murase ( lacquer ) (b. 1957)
Jihei Murase is a third-generation woodworker and lacquer craftsman. He performs every stage of the production himself, from turning the wooden bases to applying the natural urushi lacquer. He has inherited his grandfather's close association with the tea ceremony and carries out research into tea-ceremony utensils. With superb forms created through his skill on the lathe, combined with outstanding lacquering technique, he produces unique Negoro-style works for the twenty-first century.
Yukiya Izumita ( ceramics ) (b. 1966)
Born in Rikuzentakata in the Tohoku region, his hometown was destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, but he rebuilt his kiln and fired it using driftwood. In this way, his works can be said to be a form of 'rebirth'. The expression of the rough clay is depicted through a feeling of tension and lightness.
Katsuya Ohgita ( glass ) (b. 1957)
Katsuya Ohgita's glass forms present an image resembling that of light trapped within ice. His works take the form of the home that everybody wants eventually, of houses, hermitages, and smooth mountains.
Tohru Kaneko ( metal ) (b. 1962)
He seeks to challenge the perception of metal as cold and inflexible. His work in silver in particular is soft, reminiscent of peaking egg whites, shimmering in hand beaten textured surfaces, and delicate to the touch in the masterful way he controls the threatening vacuum between thin sheets of silver.