Onishi Gallery, one of the only galleries in Chelsea with a specialization in contemporary Japanese art, is pleased to present Contemporary Japanese Kōgei, a finely curated exhibition of works by a selection of Japanese artists who are at the very top of their fields.
In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design, Japanese Kōgei | Future Forward, the ceramics and metalwork on view at Onishi Gallery challenge the conventional image of “craft”. The translation of the word kōgei, “artisan crafts”, belies the true span of the genre, the colloquial definition of which is constantly in flux. Drawing on traditions that have endured for generations, these artists’ practices are rooted in the past and yet also fully embrace contemporary culture. Taking inspiration from fashion and design, as well as from other works of contemporary and modern art, these artists create work that creates a dialogue between Japan’s past and future.
This exhibition focuses on important works by HAGINO Noriko, HANNYA Taiju, HATA Shunsai, KIMURA Moriyasu, KONNO Tomoko, MIZUNO Mineo, ŌHI Toshio, OSHIYAMA Motoko, SHOMURA Hisaki, SUZUKI Miki, TOKUDA Yasokichi IV, and YOSHITA Yukio and also formally introduces the work of the jeweler KOJIMA Joji.