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10/08/18 | Online Show: SATO Masayuki

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Online Show: SATO Masayuki


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You think you may have explored the various ways to construct an object. Have the artists shown at Dai Ichi Arts exhausted the possibilities? Think again!!

We have seen Fukami Sueharu sansei instills liquid porcelain into a mold, Wada Morihiro allowed strips of clay to coil, Kim Hono cut one vase to wrap it on to another vase, and most recently Hiruma stacks layers of thin clay sheets, vertically or horizontally, to make an object.... 

Indeed, Japanese ceramic artists have traveled so far from wheel throwing and hand building.  

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Sato san is our newest magician of ceramic objects, which appear mysterious due to the many glazes he uses, such as iron, cobalt,  and copper. This is how he describes his creative process:

"First, I make a platform with newspaper. And I sink cotton thin rope into porcelain slip, and put the rope around the newspaper body and make the form. While I am making the form, I think about these concepts: inside and outside, space, and remaining. A clay slip moves and flows like water moves and flows to us. I transform this water-like clay slip to forms and I fire them.

This transformation through firing makes me think about "something remains after death" or "living piece becomes quiet at the end". 

Sato's work analyzes how the fleeting of time transforms his objects. Each sculpture is lively,  and malleable before firing. 
The final object has traces of movement in its forms, and thus becomes an airy relic of his dynamic studio process. 

Our most recent exhibition explored how Hiruma's work addresses time by forming memories of natural erosion and weathering. 
Sato also explores time and impermanence using his unique vocabulary. His work demonstrates the accumulation of time, somewhere between momentum and stillness.

C.S. Jiang