Lacquer

In the hands of a master craftsman, urushi (lacquer), a thick, viscous, ugly and intractable sap, is transformed. This metamorphosis is not accidental – although much of it is secret – but the result of painstaking hours of meticulous human endeavour. …
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2D Works

The graphic tradition in Japanese two-dimensional works is strong and internationally recognized. It is to be remembered that the current Western fascination with Japanese anime and manga, for example, is a contemporary evolution of early graphic traditions. The influence of …
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Story VII | The Art of the Vessel

Byōbu (vessel)   Mitsumoto Takeshi b. 1962   Reclaimed Iron ‘…the fact that a vase encompasses nothing, is the use of the vase’  Lao Tzu* Seemingly contradictory concepts introduce this article: ‘Vessel’ is defined by the Oxford dictionary as ‘a hollow …
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Story VI | Embracing the Ambivalent

Maio Motoko. Photo by William Hung Photography Maio Motoko: The artist has depths of creativity that distinguish her in the world of contemporary art where so many artists attain marketability and sadly simultaneous stasis. Once upon a time, in a serendipitous …
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Story V | The Nude

Nude Installation Shinichi Maruyama at Lesley Kehoe Galleries Naked or Nude? Sexualized, Objectified or Beautified? On January 15 1889 Directive number 39 from the Japanese Ministry of the Interior banned nude illustrations, defined as ‘nude pictures of beautiful females and …
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