Atsushi Ogata “Greater Jars and Ordinary Vessels: Turning Fray into Faculty”

Kaikai Kiki Gallery

poster for Atsushi Ogata “Greater Jars and Ordinary Vessels: Turning Fray into Faculty”
[Image: Tomohiko Tagawa]

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Using a noborigama (climbing kiln) which he constructed himself in 2009, Atsushi Ogata creates ceramic works using clay as his main medium. The artist leaves his works unglazed in order to emphasize the expressive quality and texture of natural soil clay. Many of his pieces make use of the hakeme technique (“brushmark”), in which brush strokes are used to create patterns on the surface, and the kohiki technique (“dust blowing”), in which white porcelain powder is dusted onto a work.
Continuing in the same vein as his 2012 solo exhibition at Oz Zingaro, “Large Jars and Ordinary Vessels,” this exhibition will showcase around 1,000 of Ogata’s trademark ceramic tableware pieces, as well as a dozen or so large jars and - surpassing the scale of even his last exhibition - a series of five colossal new jars each towering almost over two meters tall.
Going back and forth between his studio in Nara and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Ogata went to work on creating his colossal jars for this exhibition, but in the process felt a distance forming between himself and his familiar territory of utsuwa (vessels). Being forced to face this feeling, he realized that he was most drawn to pieces that retained their quintessential presence as utsuwa even if cracks and chips formed in the piece. Through this process, Ogata came to reaffirm that this touch of “hokorobi,” or fray, was the key element of his individual style. Returning to the roots of his artistic approach, Ogata strived to utilize size and shape in such a way as to bring out the flavor of the material to it’s maximum. While keeping a firm foundation in utsuwa, the artist was able to set his sights upon other things, and that was the stance that allowed him to finally complete his new monumental pieces.



from November 25, 2017 to December 20, 2017
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, Public Holidays.


Atsushi Ogata



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