Singapore - Di Legno Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the debut exhibition by
acclaimed Japanese ceramic artist Shozo Michikawa. The exhibition opens on Jan 22, 6 pm
at the Singapore Contemporary Art fair and wlll be on view until Jan 24 at the fair and
thereafter at Di Legno Gallery till Feb 20, 2016.
Titled “Nature into Art”, this exhibition by Shozo Michikawa would present 20 of his
sculptural works, all of which would offer its viewers a rare insight into the wabi sabi of
Japanese aesthetic, and display the nostalgic allure and forgotten charm of nature. As
Michikawa notes, “[T]he works created by nature…contain a power that can never be
imitated by human hands.” With this philosophy, he has created exquisite art, one piece
after the other.
From a seemingly nondescript sphere that reminds one of the Japanese marimo, to a widebrimmed
vessel with wind rippling across its surface, to a coiled silhouette eerily similar to
that of a hostile snake poised to strike, there is as much variety in Michikawa’s works as
there is diversity in nature. Each sculpture is fresh and novel, unconventional and different,
and yet there is something vaguely familiar about their twists and turns, their lines and
contours, that intrigues and soothes, fascinates and comforts.
Perhaps it is the way Michikawa’s art is quietly accepting of its many flaws and
imperfections, or the way there is delicacy and transience in his sculptures that have
withstood the kiln’s searing temperatures, or the way Nature’s many facades, hazy and
indistinct, sift between the faces of his pieces. Regardless of the reason, his works would
not fail to sway even the stoniest of hearts in this exhibition.