Kogei: To Live Together

Shiseido Gallery

poster for Kogei: To Live Together

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Our lives these days are filled with so many material goods, and so much information overload, that there is a growing movement of people looking to shift back to simpler lifestyles closer to nature. There is something appealing about the idea of taking more care in choosing, using, and appreciating the utilitarian objects that populate our everyday lives. It is also true that Japanese crafts have been garnering more attention than ever abroad, appreciated not only for their technical excellence, but also for their earnest devotion to materials and their minimalist aesthetic.

This exhibition is devoted to those kinds of crafts that are there with us, often quite unobtrusively, in our everyday lives. To select the six artists presented here, the Shiseido Gallery enlisted the collaboration of Yukiyoshi Morioka, director of the Morioka Shoten book shop, who helped to select artisans from the theme of “dining” and “living”. The featured artisans include Naho Kamata (metal), Takeo Kawabata (wood), Hirotaka Tobimatsu (porcelain lightware), Wataru Hatano (Kurotani Japanese paper), Peter Ivy (glass), and Kazumi Yoshimura (pottery). Their creations are humble—spoons and forks, lamps, boxes, glass vessels, bowls, and so on—but the deep attention to usability and detail even amidst such outward simplicity gives these items an intrinsic beauty of which their users must surely, if subtly, become aware.

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from September 06, 2016 to October 25, 2016
11:00–18:00 on Sundays and public holidays.

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