8/10/2014 | NAKAMURA Takuo
Nakamura Takuo(1945-) reworks traditional Japanese ceramic modes for a contemporary audience. This type of undulating plate is traditionally used for food, but Nakamura's rendition would be just as splendid hanging on the wall as sitting on the table.
The surface of the piece has a dark, wood-fired quality that relates to the aesthetics of wabi-sabi, a philosophy based on the acceptance of imperfection and the transience of life that permeates the Japanese arts. The rough, ruined look reminds the viewer of the natural progress of time and the eventual decaying of all things. On top of this surface, Nakamura has painted a pattern in brilliant blue-green enamel with luxurious sections of gold leaf. This lavish pattern beautifully contrasts with the rough surface that surrounds it.
The enamel seems to flow across the plate and down the sides of the piece, recalling the patterning of traditional kimono fabrics. Nakamura artfully combines tradition-in his reference to the history of ceramics, aesthetics, and textiles-with a vibrant contemporary spirit that makes his work a joy both to view and to use.
NAKAMURA Takuo (1945-)
Public Collections :
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Art Institute of Chicago
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Echigo-Tsumari Art Field, Niigata
H1.6" X L18.7" X W6.0"
with signed wood box