GALLERY crossing is pleased to announce an exhibition introducing Takayuki Watanabe, a ceramic artist who who believes that living itself is linked to “pottery” and expresses things that are not bound within the framework of potters in general. He lives in the mountains of Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, where he digs the soil, chops the wood, and fires his wood-fired kiln. The culture of pottery that he experienced while wandering around Asia when he was young, the time he spent training under Taizo Kuroda, the time he received high praise as a pottery artist; the expression of the earth at which he arrived after all of this is a model for the borrowing and shaping of the energies of wood and fire, born of his pure philosophy in which all things are born from, and eventually return to, the earth. As containers conceptually separated from function, the “Nohara” series of works, which used plants as their raw materials and were exhibited at GALLERY crossing in 2020, “Kakera” which was made by firing together collected blocks of soil, and “Kubomi” which copies the shapes of dents in the earth, have their essential aesthetic reflected through the artist’s experience with the earth, until now. His expression questions his idea of “pottery = living”, and is also an act akin to a lifelong experiment. In this exhibition, whose subtitle is “What remains, even once shape is lost?” the artist aims to communicate with everyone through containers as a seemingly non-functional concept, in a space to exchange energy with visitors, the artist himself, and all other beings on earth.
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Misa Kuromoto, GALLERY crossing
1981 Born Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. 2000 Graduated Meisei University. He met ceramics researcher Mr.Shunichi Yoshimura, and his interest in clay deepened. After that, he became acquainted with lifestyles that incorporate earthenware such as those in India and Nepal. In China, he learned about the mass production of porcelain. Beginning in 2005, he worked as an apprentice to ceramic artist Mr.Taizo Kuroda. After that, he traveled through the earthenware cultures of seven countries in Asia and then settled in Izu. He digs his own clay, makes firewood kilns, and has begun making ceramics in earnest. Currently living and working in Izu , Shizuoka prefecture.
Earth collection 2022 ; What remains, even once shape is lost ?
16, April, 2022 sat - 1, May, 2022 sun
13:00 - 18:00
Meet the artist ：16 - 17 April
28, May sat – 12, Jun sun Shinpei Yoshida