Taro Takaoka Exhibition
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A ceramic cylinder, measuring 2.5m in length and 55cm in diameter, is laid on the floor and tied with straw rope. This dynamic and powerful piece reminds us of a barrel or heavy mill-stone, or an earthen pipe.
This ceramic cylinder consists of seven parts; on each one of them, Chinese letters such as "gate," "pond" and "company" are written on the white surface, while some parts feature textures reminiscent of Bizen and Shigaraki ceramics, like a sake barrel wrapped in woven straw and covered with brush marks. The straw rope tied around the cylinder conveys the quality of a sacred ritual.
Takaoka is currently a graduate student at Tokyo University of the Arts, and this is his first solo exhibition. His inspiration comes from his own experiences in learning calligraphy at a young age, typography in a design class in high school, his favorite neon signs from Hong Kong, and the antiques and ceramics that his family collected. The use of straw rope, inspired by the way sake barrels are sealed, is his attempt to achieve a structural as well as visual unity. This piece consists of things Takaoka has an affection for, revealing their majestic and magnificent quality.
From 2009-01-09 To 2009-02-03