Takeuchi Kouzo – Modern Ruins

Porcelain: the word makes me think of thinness and paleness, translucence and fragility, the antithesis of all the ugly chunky coffee mugs and scratched ikea dinnerware I have in my cupboards. (how do I survive such a wretched existence?) I’d trade them all for just one sculpture by Takeuchi Kouzo though. In his skilled hands porcelain is something rare and beautiful, a play of light and shadow on velvety smoothness, a state of sculptural decay captured forever.

Before I go any further here let’s take a closer and very brief look at porcelain:

  • it was first discovered in China somewhere between AD 25 – 220
  • it’s a type of clay that contains the mineral kaolin amongst other things like metals (alkali and aluminum) with a paste-like quality
  • it’s deep white in colour
  • it’s durable compared to bone china
  • it fires at a higher temperature than bone china

Back to Japanese-born Kouzo who graduated from the Osaka University of Arts majoring in ceramics (2001) and the Tajimi Municipal Ceramic Design Institute, Gifu (2003). He developed his ‘Modern Remains’ series accidentally when, after knocking a sculpture he was readying for an upcoming exhibition he liked what he saw in the resulting broken forms. He explains it better here (via Keiko Art International)…

Kouzo’s pieces contradict what most artists in that field would probably want to avoid – breakage and destruction. But they speak of his younger self, inspired at a young age by images of decaying civilizations, of ruined architecture and as he says…

‘I want to make people feel the passage of time over my pieces. When people see the remains of a culture or decayed buildings, they evoke special emotions. I want to express not only the ruins themselves, but also the atmosphere surrounding them and their strong presence. In other words, I want the audience to feel exactly how I felt when I looked at the destroyed buildings and ruins’.(via ceramicsnow.org)

Takeuchi Kouzo…check out his amazing work 🙂

Modern Remains M, 2006. W 53cm D 31cm H 35cm

Modern Remains, 2006. Glazed Porcelain

Modern Remains

Modern Remains, Lightening, 2016 56cm x 32cm x 105cm

Modern Remains W, 2006. 57cm x 60cm x 25cm

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