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Group exhibition of Japanese artists – KIWAMI 極

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Opening / Event Date:
22 January, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
19 February, 2015
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To welcome 2015, Sin Sin is delighted to share a recent discovery of two Japanese ceramists from Mino and a photographer from the same region.

The Japanese traditional word “KIWAMI” means to attain the ultimate in sophistication. As the master of Tea Ceremony reaches the secrets of Zen aesthetics through rituals for serving and drinking Japanese tea, “KIWAMI” is a very special term for Japanese to describe their sophistication. As Nature is the perfection of “KIWAMI”, for the two Japanese ceramists and the photographer, their search for “KIWAMI” is facing the nature by handling and focusing its perfect sophistication.

The two Japanese ceramists, Keita Matsunaga and Kenji Omori, were graduated from the same school, Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center, so-called “Ishoken”, which was founded in 1959 in Tajimi city of Gifu prefecture. Ishoken is one of the most important research institutes in Japan where they learned basic techniques and knowledge of producing pottery. Based on this foundation, Matsunaga and Omori developed further their skills and creativity. Their works are very unique and original in terms of expressing their subtlety and philosophy into forms and surfaces. However, their creativity are greatly inspired by an old tradition of Mino-yaki (Mino Ware) as their own cultural identity.

Mino-yaki is a pottery made in Tono region of Gifu prefecture, where the soil in the region contains plenty of argilliferous ingredients required for pottery. The history of Mino-yaki started from the 7th century. Around the 17th century, it was developed expansively into pottery art, so-called “Momoyama Old Pottery” at the age of Daimyo (feudal lord), who supported chanoyu (tea ceremony) lead by a historical figure Rikyu who popularized such tea ceremony among Samurai families. It became one of Japanese cultural identities and its art of pottery has been handed down to present time through generations.

The Japanese photographer, TAKA comes from the same region of Mino. TAKA’s strong focus on Nature as essential objects parallels to the artistic vision of the two ceramists. He tries to etch the shape of the nature by giving rise to textures, shapes and personal feelings.


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