The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, CA is pleased to announce Nature, Tradition, and Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection; an engaging, thought-provoking, and interdisciplinary look at contemporary Japanese Ceramics paired with nature photographs. Curated by Christine Knoke, Mingei International Museum, and organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. Nature, Tradition, and Innovation is on view at the Carnegie from September 16 through December 31, 2017.More InformationWhen:
The exhibition provides a dynamic survey of the diverse and innovative practices of ceramic-making in Japan – from exquisite flower vases and serene tea bowls to whimsical candle holders and robust platters – revealing the earthly beauty of Japanese ceramics. This admiration for rugged-looking stoneware derives in part from the traditional aesthetic of wabi – a cultivated simplicity and rusticity – which has been highly valued for centuries. It also derives from the Japanese deep-rooted love of nature and reverence of the kami – higher beings, or spirits, that inhabit all natural things.
Featuring 43 exceptional Japanese artists, this exhibition showcases ceramic objects of unsurpassed beauty made for everyday use. The 55 works chosen are closely associated with Japan’s historical pottery centers and reinterpret traditional methods in a modern context. The spiritual link between art and nature is poetically highlighted by 11 digital photographs taken by photographer Taijiro Ito which are paired with related ceramics in the exhibit.
For centuries, Japan’s potters have used the natural elements of earth, water, and fire to create vessels that evoke nature, taking inspiration from the moss coating on a stone statue of a Buddha, the flow of water over an ancient rock or the bark of a majestic cryptomeria tree. Many of their forms and glazed finishes harmonize with these natural tones and textures and are often believed to be created by the kami themselves during the firing of the kiln.
The artists in this exhibition have been profoundly inspired by the natural world. Many have created works associated with some of Japan’s most ancient kilns, established 1,000 years ago. These are the Rokkoyo or “Six Old Kilns” of Bizen, Echizen, Shigaraki, Seto, Tamba and Tokoname. Ceramics from these old kilns have highly distinctive styles—such as the smooth, unglazed Bizen wares and the rugged, feldspar-encrusted Shigaraki wares. For nearly a millennium the Rokkoyo have been producing functional stoneware vessels for daily use and for the past 400 years also make wares for the tea ceremony.
Programs associated with the exhibition will include lectures on ceramic history and techniques, Japanese-American culture, and more. Family events will explore origami, haiku, and taiko drumming. Field trips for school groups may be scheduled by contacting the Carnegie’s main office.
Following the Carnegie Arts Center’s presentation of Nature, Tradition, and Innovation, the exhibition will conclude its tour at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL in spring 2018. For a complete, updated tour schedule, please visit http://artsandartists.org/exhibitions-mingeiceremics.php
Admission to the exhibition: $5 general; CAC members and children 12 and under are admitted free.
Hours: Weds. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sun. noon- 4 p.m.
Contact: Lisa McDermott
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