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Peter Hamann: Carving White Translucence
Sep 06-Sep 22
PETER HAMANN: CARVING WHITE TRANSLUCENCE Exhibition Dates: September 6 – 22, 2018 Location: Onishi Gallery, 521 W 26th Street, New York City Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-6pm Onishi Gallery is honored to present, Carving White Translucence: Peter Hamann, a solo exhibition of leading ceramic artist Peter Hamann. Born in Nebraska in 1956, Hamann moved to Japan as a young adult to study Yabunouchi-style tea ceremony. His passion for Japanese culture led him to stay in Japan and pursue the ceramic arts, ultimately enabling him to teach Japanese ceremonial tea techniques and gain his Japanese citizenship. This exhibition showcases the stunning and innovative ceramic pieces that Hamann has refined over the decades, uniquely drawing upon his American roots and Japanese aesthetics. On perfectly rounded spheres, delicate angular patterns are pressed into polished blue-white porcelain, visible to the eye and sensible to the touch but still unreal in their masterful execution. Hamann’s work falls into the category of kogei, functional ware that is celebrated for its beauty as much as for its utility. Because of his unusual position as an American ceramic master of this Japanese art form, Hamann has been able to expand the boundaries of kogei. He writes of his work that it, “reflects many things that Japanese people often say that no Japanese artists would ever think of or do, and yet at the same time, I am also a champion of the functional beauty of kogei, something I hope to always preserve in my pieces… The looseness of my work probably derives from my ‘American spirit,’ my willingness to improvise along with a strong desire to keep my porcelain pieces softer and more natural to make them interesting and active.” The contrast of smooth circular forms with sharp geometric surface designs creates a tension that draws the eye around and across the form in continuous loops. Hamann intentionally creates this dynamic, noting that, “The shape itself and the carved pattern need to create motion, which is my prime objective, but the final piece must also have a degree of stability.” Hamann’s life experience itself, spanning continents and crossing cultural contexts, has also balanced motion and stability, setting the stage for his creative expression of this negotiation in clay. Integrating his native-born American sensibilities with his long-studied Japanese aesthetic awareness, Hamann creates simply perfected shapes that glimmer in blue-white glaze and porcelain possibility. As former Director of the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Daniel T. Keegan, has said of Hamann’s work, “It is loaded with richness: a balance of form and subtlety the careful melding of shape and surface treatment stability yet weightlessness clarity of color and a perfect fit of glaze to clay a celadon blue as pure as morning light breaking thin through humid warm air in summer, pooling just right in creases and carvings resulting in translucence of form. But it is also a translucence of esthetic—sensual, rhythmic, precise, changing and poetic. Only a lifetime of study and the resulting mastery can bear these results.” Do not miss this opportunity to see such mastery made material. For more information on the exhibition, please contact Nana Onishi at 212-695-8035, or by email at nana@onishigallery.com. Or visit our website http://onishigallery.com/category/peter-hamann-carving-white-translucence


Koshu Endo: Faces of the Moon
Sep 11-Sep 22
KOSHU ENDO FACES OF THE MOON Exhibition Dates: September 11 – 22, 2018 Location: Onishi Gallery, 521 W 26th Street, New York City Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13, 6-8pm Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-6pm Onishi Gallery is pleased to host, ‘Faces of the Moon: Koshu Endo’, an exhibition that showcases the always existing, always changing phases of our amazing moon by Japanese photographer Koshu Endo. Endo was inspired make the moon his subject matter due to the way this seemingly simple object presents itself in so many varied forms, day to day. Time, seasons, weather, the endeavors of man – all are represented in the way we view the moon and how it presents itself to us. With this exhibition, he has brought a collection of imagery exclusively focusing on the moon as it waxes and wanes and illuminates the evening sky and it’s surroundings. Capturing these instances within such constant change makes works these views of ‘Endo’s personal moon,’ which he shares with all. When Endo was five years old, he was captivated by a huge red moon that be observed floating in the distance. The young Endo couldn’t help but gaze in awe of the phenomenon in front of him. The lives of the Japanese people have always been closely linked with the moon and it has been an inspiration for countless literary works. The artist reminisces about his first experience with the moon as a child and stated “Even now, a half century later, this remains a clear and vivid memory. It’s almost as if that moon somehow has taken up residence in my heart.” There are also customs associated with the moon in Japan, and it is said to be linked directly to the seasons and their variations in weather. Endo’s decision to show this moon-themed exhibition in autumn in New York is influenced by the Japanese tradition autumn being the season for moon viewing. He hopes that regardless of the way the moon is perceived in different cultures, or however a certain individual reacts to the beauty of the moon, this will remain a universal object of supreme beauty and worthy of this artistic theme. Koshu Endo, born in 1954 in Nagano Prefecture, graduated from the Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Science and Engineering from Waseda University. Apart from photographing a variety of scenes including artwork, figure portraits, scenery, and celestial bodies, Endo also created integrated works of art such as design and copywriting. In 2015, he hosted large-scale photography gallery events at Takashimaya in Nihonbashi, Kyoto, Osaka, and Yokohama, attracting approximately 80,000 people. Before his career as an artist, however, Endo hoped to be a scientist. A scientist experiments and observes the daily course of life. Those tasks are not limited to the fields of science, however, and are important when trying to ascertain the essence of things invisible to the human eye, unless you look very closely. Toward that end, Endo takes photographs, looking closely to capture the essence of what he sees. In 2017, after his first solo exhibition here at Onishi Gallery, two of Endo’s photography works ‘Evening Moon’ and ‘Rising Sun’ were acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) by the artist and the gallery, where the museum plans to include the works within their Pavilion for Japanese Art Collection. For more information on the exhibition, please contact Nana Onishi at 212-695-8035, or by email at nana@onishigallery.com. Or visit our website http://onishigallery.com/category/koshu-endo-faces-of-the-moon


Shun Sudo: Innocent Forest
Sep 27-Oct 20
SHUN SUDO INNOCENT FOREST Exhibition dates: September 27 – October 20, 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6-8pm Onishi Gallery, 521 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001 Onishi Gallery is honored to present Innocent Forest, a stunning solo exhibition of pop paintings by artist Shun Sudo. Vividly depicting the fantastical animals and plants of an imaginary realm, Sudo creates images that explode off the canvas, reaching out to the viewer from an alternate reality of color and possibility. Based in Tokyo, Japan, Sudo has been deeply influenced by American pop culture throughout his career. After travels across the United States in his 20s, he returned to Japan in his 30s to begin work on paintings that allude to both his creative roots in traditional Japanese culture and contemporary street cultures of Western societies. Integrating both of these influences into his aesthetic sensibilities, Sudo created classic Japanese sumi-e brush stroke paintings covered by graffiti pop art to produce innovatively animated artwork that awakens the eye, mind, and spirit. In the series featured in this exhibition, Innocent Forest, Sudo references specific inspiration sources: Ito Jakuchu, a famous Japanese painter of the 18th century, and Akira Toriyama, a contemporary popular Japanese animation artist. Jakuchu illustrated scenes with imaginary birds, animals, flower and plants, merging this world with make-believe through bright colors and modern design. Toriyama draws influences from Disney animation to Chinese novels to Jackie Chan films, creating cartoonish characters, animals, and deities. Sudo’s current series pays particular homage to Jakuchu’s rooster and Toriyama’s animation worlds. Visit the Innocent Forest and you encounter a bright yellow rabbit covered with black vegetal designs and a pointed tail, a proud rooster figure wearing royal red booties and a decorative cape, puffed up petals jumping out from their flower centers, dripping ice cream cones and stuffed hamburgers floating off the corners of pages, and birds in flight, flowers, trees, and majestic mountains filling the backgrounds of these fantastical worlds. With spirited strokes and dynamic characters, Sudo guides you through his imaginary kingdom, parallel to our own reality, connecting both through tradition, passion, and creativity. For more information on the exhibition, please contact Nana Onishi at 212-695-8035, or by email at nana@onishigallery.com. Or, please visit the gallery website at http://onishigallery.com/category/shun-sudo-innocent-forest