Vases and Vessels
“Vases and Vessels”.
The exhibition for LACA will be focused mainly on the concept of the vase through a series of works by Japanese artists: a wide range of art pieces will illustrate the debate on the issue of functionality, aesthetic values and how conceptual ideas might prevail on other visual or tactile aspects. Focusing on different material and thanks to the showcased objects that will span from ceramics to pure lacquer and glass, ESH gallery hopes to visualize this debate that strongly animates the contemporary art and craft environment.
Established in 2014, ESH Gallery represents international artists whose work engages the concept of space and natural elements. With an emphasis on contemporary ceramics, metalwork, glass and organic materials (such as paper and lacquer), ESH’s artists use traditional techniques, crossing the boundaries between art and design.
Special attention on Japanese aesthetics ideas has been the focus of the majority of shows held at the gallery since its inception. The gallery works with international artists, many Loewe Craft Prize finalists including Takeshi Igawa, Yoshiaki Kojiro, Michal Fargo, also Fuku Fukumoto, Shinya Tanoue, Akio Niisato and Oki Izumi whose artworks are held in major museums around the globe.
ŌKI IZUMI (Tokyo, Japan)
1981 Graduated at the Brera Academy in Milan
She participated, with her works and installations, in many personal and collective exhibitions in Italy, Japan and different other countries, including Biennale di Venezia (1985-86), Triennale di Milano (1983), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma (1992), Museo di Santa Giulia in Brescia (2014), Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milano(2014).
SHINYA TANOUE (Kyoto, Japan, 1976)
2018 Jury Prize, MINO International Ceramics
2007 Japan Ceramic Exhibition, Daimaru museum Tokyo, Incentive Award Asahi Ceramic Exhibition, Award for Excellence
2005 International Ceramic exhibition, Ceramic Park MINO, Jury’s Special Award
2003 Kyoto Saga University of Arts Thesis Exhibition, Incentive Award
2002 Craft competition, hosted by Tachikichi, Incentive Award
The Museum of Kyoto
The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
INAX Tile Museum Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN, U.S.A.
Tweed Museum of Art, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, U.S.A.
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN
Phoenix Art Museum, AZ
Cincinnati Art Museum, OH
Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA