Broken but Still Shining Here：Jun Kawajiri Solo Exhibition
Japanese ceramic artist Jun Kawajiri excels in pottery and contemporary art. His creative inspiration primarily stems from the aesthetic experiences rooted in Japanese pottery, particularly those derived from the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, such as cracks, imperfections, and deformities. These qualities, often considered as imperfections, manifest their captivating charm within his artwork. Through his ceramic sculptures and layered glaze-painted works, he presents aspects of humanity, the world, and the universe, focusing on those objects that, despite undergoing numerous physical transformations and being adorned with cracks, still exude their unique beauty and perseverance. He reevaluates people＆#039;s definitions of beauty.
Under the influence of his family＆#039;s tradition of producing Kyoyaki, Jun Kawajiri deliberately employs familiar pottery techniques. He utilizes iron for structural support, embellishing his creations with metallic glaze. He also intentionally designs areas of negative spaces and cracks, creating a contrast with the conventional perception of Kyoyaki as elegant, refined, and ornate. He deconstructs notions of perfection, creating sensory conflicts through a variety of imagery, ranging from deconstructed dance movements to colorful abstract depictions of natural landscapes. He guides viewers to embrace various forms of imperfection, mending and fostering better relationships among diverse individuals.
Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1964, Jun Kawajiri graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in the Fine Arts School. He’ s the fourth generation of the TEIZAN KILN with a 100-year tradition in Kyoto, specializing in the creation of contemporary ceramic artworks. His abstract and colorful creations blend elements of Mondrian＆#039;s Neoplasticism with the craftsmanship aesthetics of traditional Japanese ceramics. His works often feature geometric shapes, lines, and vivid color blocks.
With a diverse background in exhibition and teaching, he has participated in AIR in overseas locations such as Moscow and Shanghai. He has also been invited as a guest artist at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. He’ s the author of the book Distorted Love. His works are held in collections including those of the Swedish Royal Family, Kyoto City Museum of Art, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Osaka University Museum, Rokuharamitsuji Temple, and Ishiyamadera Temple, among others.
日期：2024-01-06 ~ 2024-02-04｜台灣，台北市
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