Joan B Mirviss LTD is pleased to announce the first US solo exhibition
of ceramic sculpture by Nakamura Takuo. Revisiting Rimpa – Design\, Function\, and the
Art of Nakamura Takuo will include freesta nding sculptural and functional vessels that
incorporate the uniquely Japanese painting aesthetic known as rimpa. Alongside two
other major exhibitions focusing on the topic\, one currently at the Metropolitan Museu m
of Art and another upcoming at Japan Society\, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of
rimpa in New York City.
NAKAMURA TAKUO (b. 1945)\ , though unquestionably adventurous in his
experimentations with clay\ , adheres to the artistic principles of the design-oriented
rimpa trad ition that dates back to early 17th century master artists Kōetsu and Sōtat su.
Initially\, they drew inspiration from the classical yamato-e repe rtoire and\, like their
followers\, produced refined and elegant paint ings\, calligraphy\, lacquer\, and\, of course\,
ceramics. The rimpa a esthetic is typically characterized by flat areas of rich\, vibrant
co lor and dynamic\, rhythmic patterning. Nakamura is inspired by this uniquel y
Japanese tradition and\, as a contemporary exponent\, he decorates a nd glazes his
surfaces with bold patterns and sumptuous colors echoing the nature-focused literary
references of this indigenous style.
Nakamura’s method of sculpting\, which he calls “destroying the clay\,” al lows the viewer
to enter into the process of arranging his functional forms. In his newest oeuvre\, many
works are multi-piece deconstructio ns of traditional forms\, allowing for greater freedom
through the var ious permutations of assembly and affecting the balance between
interi or and exterior spaces. Nakamura explains\, “…the true completion of any ve ssel
is derived through the creative implementation on the part of the user.” Additionally he
comments\, “During the act of creation and fla ttening and manipulating the thin walls of
my work\, the clay expresse s its own hidden form and plays a critical role in determining
the fin al structure.”
From his home in the cultural center of Kanazawa in Ish ikawa Prefecture\, Nakamura
also strives to imbue the local three-hund red-year-old tradition of kutani (polychromeoverglazed
porcelain ware) with a modern sense of form and color. Unlike traditional
kutani cera mists\, he creates multi-layered structures revealing his deep appreciation of
both traditional and contemporary techniques\, form\, and design. His art has been
shown widely throughout Japan and can be found in mus eum collections including
those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art\, Ar t Institute of Chicago\, and 21st Century
Museum of Contemporary Art i n Kanazawa.

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