MEET THE 2015 ARTPRIZE ARTISTS – PART 5

The diversity and complexity of objects that are on display during Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now is extraordinary. While some works speak clearly to the history of Japanese ceramics, most offer more thoughtful and expressive sculptural interpretations of just how broadly ceramics are thought of today. As a result, the great diversity represented in these 25 works also mirrors the authentic diversity available in the art world today.

Below we introduce you to the final five artists that are participating in Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now, our 2015 ArtPrize exhibition:

Akio Tanino – Tricolored Earthenware with Sedimentary Lines and Geometric Pattern – Vote Code 61609
“The slab building method of bonding a ceramic box. After subjected to drying the three types of geometric patterns are applied over the entire surface in three colors of slip, and finished by putting a thin line with its own inlay technique. This work was produced in the thought of harmony with the relationship between modeling and design.”

Tricolored Earthenware with Sedimentary Lines and Geometric Pattern by Akio Tanino

Tricolored Earthenware with Sedimentary Lines and Geometric Pattern by Akio Tanino

Hiroshi Taruta – Beams of Light – Vote Code 61447
“As depicted in the title “Beams of Light,” rays of light spread, expressing the manner in which light emits.”

Beams of Light by Hiroshi Taruta

Beams of Light by Hiroshi Taruta

Kyoko Tokumaru – Age of Good Fortune Island: KoiNoboru Island – Vote Code 61993
“I think that one origin of art is ritual and tribute. In the form of a tribute to God in the world, such as a sacred island and mountain model is a device for inviting the gods who are in the sky, that was a spirit-dwelling object there are many such things. The “good luck (“Ugafushima” in Okinawan), has the image of a holy island’s Gathering Miroku-sama of appearing as such ideal world, and God and Shenzhen.”

Age of Good Fortune Island: KoiNoboru Island by  Kyoko Tokumaru

Age of Good Fortune Island: KoiNoboru Island by Kyoko Tokumaru

Aico TsumoriA Mermaid Buys Shoes – Vote Code 61464
“In Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid”, a mermaid receives legs in exchange for her voice. The ending is a sad one, in which the mermaid becomes one with the bubbles in the sea, but this mermaid is looking at a catalog and buying high heels.”

A Mermaid Buys Shoes by Aico Tsumori

A Mermaid Buys Shoes by Aico Tsumori

Akira Yamada – Shoujou red colored jar with lid – Vote Code 62257
“By putting a lid on this work I am expressing a closed space. I was inspired by the atmosphere of Chinese painted earthenware and started to make this ceramic. I use a lathe to try to make soft lines that express by body rhythm. To aim for a strong and more delicate texture, I used both under-glaze painting and over-glaze painting, and baked the ceramic numerous times for a deeper red.”

Shoujou red colored jar with lid by Akira Yamada

Shoujou red colored jar with lid by Akira Yamada

Tradition and Innovation: Japanese Ceramics Now is ArtPrize at Meijer Gardens and runs through January 3, 2016.

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