Skip to Main Content

Jun Kaneko

Japanese-American, b. 1942

1,021 followers
Follow

Jun Kaneko

Japanese-American, b. 1942

1,021
Followers
Biography

Best known for his large-scale, monumental dango (Japanese for “rounded form”) sculptures, Jun Kaneko makes glazed ceramicsm that resemble inflated, three-dimensional canvases. Often as tall as 13 feet, these objects are meant to spark interaction with both their immediate space and their architectural environments. “Whether I’m making a large or small object, in the end I hope it will make sense to have that particular scale and form together and that it will give off enough visual energy to shake the air around it,” he has said. Kaneko uses colored slips and masking tape to create motifs and patterns on his works after the firing process is over. This allows him to treat the surface as a curvilinear canvas and produce objects that are equal parts sculpture and painting. Kaneko also works in bronze, glass, textiles, prints, and has recently turned to stage design.

Related Categories
Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Biography

Best known for his large-scale, monumental dango (Japanese for “rounded form”) sculptures, Jun Kaneko makes glazed ceramicsm that resemble inflated, three-dimensional canvases. Often as tall as 13 feet, these objects are meant to spark interaction with both their immediate space and their architectural environments. “Whether I’m making a large or small object, in the end I hope it will make sense to have that particular scale and form together and that it will give off enough visual energy to shake the air around it,” he has said. Kaneko uses colored slips and masking tape to create motifs and patterns on his works after the firing process is over. This allows him to treat the surface as a curvilinear canvas and produce objects that are equal parts sculpture and painting. Kaneko also works in bronze, glass, textiles, prints, and has recently turned to stage design.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Jun Kaneko
25 Artists Ring In Baker Sponder’s 25th Anniversary
Apr 27th, 2015
25 Artists Ring In Baker Sponder’s 25th Anniversary
Curator Meredyth Hyatt Moses Assembles Standout Ceramics at Gallery NAGA
Mar 4th, 2015
Curator Meredyth Hyatt Moses Assembles Standout Ceramics at Gallery NAGA
Navigate right