yoshio kangawa exhibition
11/18 sat ‒ 12/3 sun
closed on wednesdays
Yoshio Kangawa - "Fleeting Vessels"
November 18th (Sat) - December 3rd (Sun)
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
I've been working with Mr. Kangawa for about a decade now. Before each exhibition, I always visit his kiln to select works and exchange ideas. This time, I anticipated that the main focus of the exhibition would be tea bowls and headed to Hiroshima after the rainy season firing.
After spending an entire day reviewing all the works in his studio, my attention was drawn to a slightly tilted plate placed on a wooden table and a curious-shaped vessel that resembled a living creature. Bathed in the slanting sunlight, with an atmosphere that felt like time had come to a standstill, I was instantly captivated by that sight.
It was then that I realized once again that the charm of Mr.Kangawa's work lies in its fragile and ephemeral appearance, akin to traces left by hands fading into simplicity, as often seen in ancient pottery.
Among antique ceramics, Mr. Kangawa particularly favors Yayoi pottery, Sue ware, early Silla, old Imari, and old Karatsu. However, his unique serenity seems to arise from the influence of his two-year apprenticeship with Mr. Ryoji Koi and the lessons he received for about a decade from Mr. Kazumi Sakata, who taught him various ways of observing things. This combined with his diverse interests and reverence for nature results in his creations.
In this exhibition, I want to display both such tea bowls and various utensils, dividing them into two spaces.
The tea bowls created using the kick wheel, which he has been focusing on in recent years, are exceptionally lightweight and have a delicate appearance, like dried leaves. These vessels have a fragile and exquisite quality, where the presence of the vessel fades away, allowing you to feel the weight of food or liquid in your palm. I hope you will take your time to examine around twenty small tea bowls under the light of the “Hibukuro” space.
The various utensils are still in production, and they will be fired in the wood kiln just before the exhibition. I have requested a variety of everyday items, such as large dishes, small dishes, platters, lidded containers, vessels, and soba cups. I look forward to the entire gallery being filled with the soft, multi-layered tonalities starting from white, including powder overglaze, white porcelain, and ash glaze.
In a space where "Hare" (extraordinary) and "Ke" (ordinary) connect, I look forward to welcoming you all.
kankakari - Ryo Suzuki