“Takuo Nakamura ≒ Kanazawa Crafts Exhibition” (*) will be held as the 23rd exhibition of ART colors which celebrate the four seasons of Japan with art.
From “Taisetsu” to “Risshun”, winter to spring, is the most spectacular season of the 24 solar terms of the year which are filed with auspicious days. Kanazawa, the Kaga clan castle town in Hokuriku region known as the kingdom of the tea ceremony, is also known for craft arts with aesthetic value used in everyday life, which have been continually refined since olden times. In this exhibition, you will experience the dignified elegance of winter of Hokuriku region through works by ceramic artist Takuo Nakamura who embodies Kanazawa crafts with a free interpretation, as well as up-and-coming artists and visual artist who all have a deep connection with Kanazawa and are active in various fields.
We hope you enjoy these works which represent the “Now” of Kanazawa without being bound by the limitations of traditional crafts, and Kanazawa’s sense of the aesthetic which brings everyday life and beauty ever closer together.
* “≒” is a sign which means approximation.
– Current progressive forms of the Kanazawa aesthetic –
It is not commonly known that Toshiie Maeda, the first lord of Kaga clan, gave stipend to Koetsu Honami from the time he was one of Nobunaga’s retainers. This means that even the first lord of Kaga clan had the potential to be a patron of cultural arts. Since then, great cultural assets were accumulated during the clan government period which lasted 300 years. The nature to encourage cultural arts which were passed down to the townspeople have developed Kanazawa’s distinctive sense of aesthetics over a hundred years since Meiji period, changing its form in various ways.
The “Culture of Kanazawa”, in which artistic elements have melded with every part of daily life, is continuously living in the townspeople who were brought up to experience it with their “hands” and “eyes”.
The artistic expression of Takuo Nakamura, a third generation descendant of Baizan Nakamura who lived in the early Meiji period, is exactly a modern progressive form of that Kanazawa aesthetic (Miyabi Kaneda, Gallery Ten).
Date: December 4, 2017 (Mon.) – February 18, 2018 (Sun.)
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 25F / 31F
Fare: Admission Free
[Curation]Miyabi Kaneda, Gallery-Ten
[Sponsor] Kanazawa Tourist Association
[Video Production] Hirotoh Morikawa
[Produced by] creative unit moon
Price: 1,500 JPY (2:30-10:00 p.m.)
* Tax and service charge included
Price: 1,600 JPY
* Tax and service charge included
* Served as on of desserts in Afternoon Tea with Wagashi
Born 1945 in Kanazawa City, ceramic artist
Studied under his father Baizan Nakamura. In addition to Wako (Tokyo), and Joan B Mirviss LTD (NY), his works are exhibited at solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and many museum exhibitions, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Museum, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Although his works are reminiscent of the Rimpa School, his creative and modern style adds new innovations to tradition, like ‘Kanazawa’ itself.
Born 1973 in Gunma Prefecture, metalwork artist
Completed a course in the Forge Research Laboratory of Tokyo University of the Arts. After earning his doctoral degree (2003), he was part-time lecturer at the same university from 2003 to 2005. After training at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop, he became part-time lecturer at Kanazawa University and Kanazawa College of Art. Currently, he is an affiliate member of the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop. He has won the Nomura Award (Collection of the Tokyo Fine Arts School Museum) (2003), Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition Soukeikai Prize for Metalwork Crafts (2011, 2015), the Sato Artcraft Research & Scholarship Foundation Tansui Award (2012), the Kanazawa Municipal Craft Exhibition World Craft City Declaration Commemoration Prize (2010, 2013), the World Craft Competition Second Prize (2013), and the Grand Prize and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (2016) at the Tableware Festival 2016. Currently, in Kanazawa City, on the theme of “Metals Close to Daily Life”, he creates works that harmonize with contemporary space.
Born 1987 in Ishikawa Prefecture, glass work artist
Produces works of glass using cut glass techniques. Graduated from the Toyama Glass Work Laboratory Molding Department in 2008, and completed a study course at the same school in 2010. Subsequently, she completed a course at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop in 2014, and now produces works in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Contemporary jewelry artist
Born 1974 in Tokyo, contemporary jewelry artist
After graduating from the 3D Design Department of Tama Art University, she went to Italy after working at a jewelry company designer, and learnt theory and practice at the ALCHIMIA Contemporary Jewelry School (Florence, Italy). Currently she has ateliers in Kanazawa and Tokyo, and exhibits works at galleries in Europe and Asia. In 2012, her works were acquired by the Italian Contemporary Jewelry Association and the Cominelli Foundation.
Japanese painting artist
Born 1980 in Aichi Prefecture, Japanese painting artist
In 2007, she majored and completed a course in Japanese painting at the Art and Crafts Research Department of the Graduate School of Kanazawa College of Art. She draws crystals (gemstones), extracts the lines, embosses them on hemp paper, and then colors them. She sees an object from various aspects, overlays it with an interpretation not bound by preconception, and draws the object itself more sensuously.
Chief Cocktail Designer
Graduated From New York International Bartenders’ School.
Studied the art of making cocktails at hotels and bars in Japan and overseas.
Introduced a new lifestyle through cocktails for both private individuals and companies in Cocktail Class, self-enlightenment seminars, and at the Takayuki Suzuki Bartender School which he supervises.
Authored the book, Perfect Martini. His whisky cocktails are regularly featured in the worldwide circulated Whisky Magazine.
Authored the book “Perfect Martini”.