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奈良 美智

Ceramic Works and...

© Yoshitomo Nara.

© Yoshitomo Nara.
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About 奈良 美智

奈良美智(b. 1959, 日本青森弘前市)1987年从日本爱知县立艺术大学取得硕士学位,并在德国杜塞尔多夫艺术学院继续留学,在科隆居住至2000年后返回日本。1990年代中期以后,奈良美智开始在世界范围内举办各种展览,并与许多机构合作,从小型独立艺术空间,到国际知名的美术馆和博物馆。对于奈良美智来说,机构的类型和空间大小并没有那么重要,重要的是他感觉是否与其环境相连。他的艺术创作亦如是,取决于他在创作时的心灵相通感。他的画作是色彩的表达,将生命力注入率真的图像中,他近期的雕塑作品保存了手指塑型时留下的痕迹,纸上作品捕捉了日常思考的灵光乍现。奈良美智也会展览纪录他生活和旅行的摄影作品。
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Press Release

  • Yoshitomo Nara: Ceramic Works and...

    Hong Kong—Pace Gallery is pleased to inaugurate its second gallery in Hong Kong with an exhibition of new works by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. On view March 27 through May 12, 2018 in H Queen’s, Yoshitomo Nara: Ceramic Works and…is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with Pace Gallery worldwide. Coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong 2018, the exhibition includes new ceramic sculptures, paintings, and works on paper that continue the pioneering contemporary artist’s innovative approach to representation and form. 

    The cornerstone of the exhibition comprises 12 new ceramic sculptures. The works were made in Shigaraki Japan, one of the oldest places in the country for production in the medium and a place where the artist has returned to work. With a dual focus on the form and materiality, Nara links together volumetric considerations with aesthetic qualities of the clay to service a conversation between the two. He further draws from frank observations of nature and humans, intermixing the two, suggesting an emotional range of psychological expressions, from steadfast and pensive to tired and mischievous in these works. Following the exhibition at Pace, several of the new sculptures will be loaned to the forthcoming Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, on view from September 7, 2018 to March 3, 2019.

    In his new paintings, Nara continues to present his familiar images of a single figure that he’s continued to refine. Relying on the thinner quality of acrylic paint compared to oil, Nara creates each painting by adding and removing pigment until he reaches his desired effect: a canvas made up of suspended hues that allows the figure to emerge through layers of color, inviting the viewer to stand still and enter a moment of contemplation. For his works on paper, Nara presents a more narrative approach. The lively pencil lines capture moments and figures, all in an expressive style experimenting with light, shadow, stillness and movement.

    Ceramic Sculptures and Drawing and Painting

    By Yoshitomo Nara

    Painting on a canvas carries the weight of an important mission, and it’s actually difficult for me to deal with. I try to make it easier by enjoying how the colors on the surface and the elements of the composition change. But even this, I find myself thinking and acting, rather than doing it by feeling. Basically, I’m not naturally suited to painting. Saying so might leave us with nothing, but for some reason, I continue painting. I wonder why…

    Well, putting aside such personal worries, let’s get to drawings and dimensional works. I pick up a pencil, and drawings are born one after another, faithful to the feelings of that day, that moment. This sense of being born is hard to come by in the painting process. In my case, painted works aren’t born, they’re created. This is probably why the painting process is saddled with the kinds of worries and agonies I mentioned earlier. Drawings are born without the pain of creation. They’re born naturally, like breathing, without concern for success or failure.

    Drawings have always sustained me as an artist whenever my painting process wasn’t going well, but since I first took the medium of clay in my hands about 10 years ago, it’s become something that lies right between painting and drawing for me. In particular, the positive surrender to taking a clay work that I believe is creatively complete, and seeing it replaced by the fired ceramic result which may be better or worse than my own capabilities, feels good. I think it’s because it differs from other sculptural media that can be controlled, but my encounter with creating ceramics has been one of the most significant of my artistic life.

    Recently I realized that clay is freer than pencil. Before a toddler first grasps a pencil and draws, comes the act of holding. Change comes about from holding, squeezing, releasing, holding again. This is a more primal instinct to create with the hands directly, rather than using a tool like a pencil or a brush. This exhibition shows ceramic sculptures created by my hands in the space between freedom and restriction, and the drawings that supported those ideas. That, plus the newest paintings created through my process of worries and struggles. I believe that my artistic consciousness (or rather, my personal consciousness), which has long been sustained by drawing whenever painting did not come easily, has grown a little from gaining the output of ceramics.

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Marking our 10th anniversary in Asia, Pace Gallery is pleased to open a new gallery in Hong Kong, our second in the city and our fourth space in Asia. Designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture - the same firm designing our new flagship gallery opening in fall 2019 in Chelsea, New York - the gallery will open during the week of Art Basel Hong Kong on March 26, 2018 in the H Queen's building in the city's Central District. Pace will inaugurate the gallery with an exhibition dedicated to Japanese a