Naho Kamada, born in 1982, is a metal artist from Kumamoto, Japan. She studied metal craft, including the production of tea ceremony utensils, under craftsman Takejiro Hasegawa from 2005. In 2008, she became independent. Kamada creates vessels, cutlery, and objects made of sterling silver and aluminum, inspired by ancient objects from around the world.
My work begins with reminiscence. As countless memories and experiences overlap our life strengthens, and from reminiscing we realize that life was beautiful. I consider everything beautiful from the transparency and mystery of the glass itself to it’s shadow under light. Hot-melted glass is like an intangible state before the object takes shape.I roll hot glass on the end of the pipe and repeat the process of coating the surface with a layer of bubbles and then wrapping it with glass. This procedure allows the countless air bubbles to be trapped in the glass which eventually becomes a grain. Through the process of lacquering—applying layers of ottchil, then carving it—the once-hidden glass resurfaces with the grains, leading one to look back.
If you look closely, you can observe the colour of the glass shining amongst the grains of lacquer as well as the layers of the countless bubbles. I hope that the mysterious depth reflected through the layers will bring the shining memories back to you.
The exhibition "Architectural Elements" is the introduction of a series of projects with the main theme of relationships (relationships between; people/object/space interaction). I look at the elements that make up the space, such as walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows one by one, and move my interpretation and perspective on them to work.
The foot of the Bogae mountain in Ungcheon, Jinhae of Gyungnam is a historic place where Buncheong and white porcelain were produced from the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty until the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592. The Japanese ruling class admired the tea bowl of Ungcheon—called ‘Goryeo Dawan’ in Japan. By the end of the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592 and 1597, 125 potters and their families were forced to relocate to Japan. As a result, the flames in the Ungcheon Kiln Site were extinguished and the tradition of the Ungcheon Tea Bowl ceased to carry on.
Kang Suk-keun, Hyejeong Kim Ceramics, Chung Su-kyung, Huh Yu-jung
Our ancestors have developed a natural and simple tea bowl culture that enlightens the depth and spirit of tea. Succeeding the acclaimed works of our ancestors which people around the world envy, we present a new use of the Tea bowl - for me for and for us - proposed by 4 artists, each through a different material.
19. 10. 2021. - 14. 11. 2021.
Sunghoon PARK - 1st Solo Exhibition
The artist humbly refers to his work - which were mad through thousands of breaths and touches - as seeds. However, his work, which boldly turns its back on instrumental function as a tool and was created solely for the symbolic and aesthetic functions of art, has already outgrown the sprouting period into an expansion period of dispersing lives. (by Yu, Ji-in)
10. 09.2021. - 08. 10. 2021.
Advertising Poster Exhibition
"Think Different by Steve Jobs"
Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits, The rebels, The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And some may see them as the crazy ones, We see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think
In his work to date, Kim has focused on clothing as his chief medium, exploring its potential for expandability. Investigating possibilities of form that originate in the different perspectives assigned to clothing, he expands and reproduc- es the identities attached to these forms. In this process, he takes materials and forms from the virtual world and artistically recreates them within the analog realm, situating them at the intersection of different categories. In this way, his work has been an ongoing experiment with re-establishing categories of objects through methods of juxtaposition, parallel, and amalgamation.
The works of Kim Hae-Ja, master of Nubi quilting, named as Important Intangible Cultural Property No.107, and Jung Hyun-ji, an artist based in Eindhoven, Netherland have much in similarity because of their evenly repetitive lines and their stitch works. The story of Kim Hae-ja in her pursuit to restore the Korean tradition of Nubi quilting method for the last 50 years and the works of artist Jung Hyun-ji, exploring and expressing the relation between two and three dimensions with textiles, both embody the devotion, endeavor and endurance put in for every single stitch. The two artists are exhibited side by side together in this special exhibition as proposition for the future of Korean craftwork and its modern usage, un opportunity for our inner journey.
The ordinary act of placing something in is perhaps the most important purpose in everyday use. However, the action is what people are easily unaware of because it can always be combined with a daily routine. The weight that lay indifferently in mediocrity creates a special time, and again, the precious moment soaks back into our ordinary routine and keeps its place unnoticedly.
An Moon-su's small people are a part of the work, he has been carving since 2015. Interestingly, all of his human sculptures start from different trees, and are mostly small in size. The people whom, he as been sketching and sculpting whenever he had time means not only just a rest and play but also fully the artist himself. While many artists mostly choose materials and expressions with specific intentions and seek the process of work, An Moon-su maintains the proper line of enjoying himself in his unintentional work and life, as he described it as "Escape". In addition, the non-intentional nature rather gives these little pieces a broader perspective and a margin of thought. It is recommended that you look closely at those, who seem familiar but are distorted. You can also take a look at them from further afar with the time and margin of your own.
Kwon Hyun-bin considers substances composed of particles, such as styrofoams or stones as a virtual space, and takes interest in the sculptural act that can be carried out in and outside such mass. 'The stone existed in the past and will exist in the future. I would stand in that middle of it and imagine the stone that has yet been sculpted. Whether it is large or small, flat or round, the stone will eventually be hammered, rubbed and chipped by nature or a person. The changes to the stones are left as traces enabling us to imagine the stone's future shape. Therefore, even if the stone is just standing still, it is oscillating as it creates great possibilities and its traces.
24. 11. 2021. - 09. 01. 2021.
"Descendants of Joseon Potter"
The heritage bequeathed by the unknown last descendants of Joseon potter are revealed to the world as they are taken out of storage. The potteries were made from the firewood kiln in Songchoo, Gyeonggi-do half a century ago. The white porcelain jars, plates, and big bowls from this kiln were produced by several skilled potters, using the traditional methods of collecting and washing the Yanggu white soil, and preparing the clay to mold it with a wooden wheel. In the ambiguous period of the late modern age between Joseon and contemporary eras, the main stream of poteries was making of celadon porcelains and buncheong ceramics as traditional handed down way, while the white porcelains were rarely made. Through this exhibition, we wish these modern white porcelains to be revaluated as the historical and artistic pieces.
20. 10. 2020. - 07. 11. 2020.
Texture On Texture's Solo Exhibition
The exhibition of Texture on Texture selling the pictures taken and the items have collected will be held. This exhibition shows Lappi, a postcard book made by the photographer with photos recorded while traveling to Lapland, Finland. Like photographs of the snow color that changes over time, Texture on Texture present the objects they have collected over a long time(ceramic, glass, wood, and metal).
20. 10. 2020. - 07. 11. 2020.
Teaware Exhibition, Korea-China-Japan
"The tea ceremony is a normal, everyday hobby of making fire, boiling water, and tasting by brewing good tea. It is just washing teacups, carrying water, and drinking it when you feel thirsty. However, regardless of such ordinary daily work, there is no way right. Zen also does not leave the usual state of mind. For this reason, the tea and zen become one."
[Source: Encyclopedia of Korean National Culture]
In this exhibition, you can appreciate the shape and beauty of different tools used in the tea ceremony, and feel the philosophy and passion of the craftsmen contained in it. Through the teawares exhibited, it is possible to experience the similarity and differences between the three East Asian countries.
Participants: Dogok Jeong Jeom-Kyo, Yeomjang Cho Dae-Yong, Akito AkaKi(赤木明登), Higashiya