Akio Kato "Spirit of Clay - Conversations with Nature"

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The sculptor's sources of inspiration for his works are mountains of clay in his hometown, Seto. He acquired a sensitivity towards nature and animals in his childhood as he spent time alone playing with mountains of clay and living things. His works are based on the self-developed affinity he feels towards clay, and are a conversation with nature through clay, not allegorical metaphors of nature. According to the artist's sculpting ideology, humans and other living things pull towards each other beyond borders and coexist while resisting each other. His works express his loving attachment to the small animals and plants around him and his feelings toward the sun and the moon that nurture humans. The subjects in his works always appear in a set, rather than alone, and represent the invisible force and energy that pulls them toward each other. Works that the artist created in the mid-60s have a tension that is created through confrontation with clay. However, in his recent works that grappling has disappeared. A gentler collection of works that the artist's time spent with clay has given rise to will be on display in this exhibition.

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From 2007-06-02 To 2007-07-08
Exhibition Hours are 10:30-18:00.

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Akio Kato

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