KIA opens Natural Forms: Contemporary Art by Japanese Women

Posted: October 1, 2019

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The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open Natural Forms: Contemporary Works by Japanese Women on October 26.

Curated by KIA Associate Curator Katherine Ransbottom, the exhibition comprises contemporary ceramic art from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, the private collection of Carol and Jeffery Horvitz, and the Dai Ichi and Duane Reed Gallery (New York and St. Louis).

Juxtaposed against a small selection of works on paper from the KIA s permanent collection, this exhibition examines contemporary Japanese ceramic making and the technical and aesthetic innovations made by 18 women artists.

Natural Forms shines a light on how women artists are continuing, challenging, and expanding upon traditional techniques and subject matter, says Ransbottom. The works in this exhibition represent the several decades of the unique contributions that these artists have made which while influencing new and contemporary means of ceramic production.

Among the featured artists are three for whom the natural world has served as inspiration. Shoko Koike, Chieko Katsumata, and Kazuyo Hiruma create sculptural forms that call to mind seashells, vegetables, or layers of rock. Technique is front and center for Yoshimi Futamura "whose work reflects the varied reactions of the firing process "and Fuku Fukumoto, who uses porcelain but allows gravity and the intense heat of the kilns to manipulate her stacked vessels, instead of seeking structural symmetry.

The exhibition is supported by the Joy Light East Asian Acquisition and Exhibition Fund.

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