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LOEWE Craft Prize 2019 Winner

Award giving  /  26 Jun 2019
Published: 27.06.2019
Genta Ishizuka. Object: Surface Tactility #11, 2018. Urushi, styrene foam balls, 2-way tricot, linen cloth.. Awarded at: LOEWE Craft Prize 2019. 
. Using the simple motif of a bag of oranges as his point of departure, Ishizuka elevates this humble form through his expert use of lacquer. The allure of the gloss of his material creates an immediately sensual attraction that is contemporary in its appeal, belying the fact that the urushi lacquer technique originates from Japan between the 7th and 8th centuries.. Genta Ishizuka
Object: Surface Tactility #11, 2018
Urushi, styrene foam balls, 2-way tricot, linen cloth.
Awarded at: LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

Using the simple motif of a bag of oranges as his point of departure, Ishizuka elevates this humble form through his expert use of lacquer. The allure of the gloss of his material creates an immediately sensual attraction that is contemporary in its appeal, belying the fact that the urushi lacquer technique originates from Japan between the 7th and 8th centuries.
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Intro
After a months-long process, which saw over 2500 submissions whittled down to 29 finalists, our jury have reviewed the short list and crowned Genta Ishizuka for his work Surface Tactility #11, 2018 as their overall winner. The jury is made up of creative industry leaders and luminaries, Jonathan Anderson and the Craft Prize’s 2018 winner Jennifer Lee.
Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE creative director, commented on this year’s winner: Ishizuka’s work proves that craft can be open and shows the freedom of creation. His use of an ancient lacquer technique in a contemporary form breaks conventions and represents a new sculptural vision in craft.

The Jury also agreed upon two special mentions:
Harry Morgan, for the work ‘Untitled’ from Dichotomy Series, 2018. The jury commented: This radical work by Harry Morgan is a paradoxical confrontation of materials which don’t belong together. He brings a craft spirit to common materials.

Kazuhito Takadoi for the work KADO (Angle), 2018. The jury admired the work for being a craft without a name and applauded the fact that Takadoi is involved in the piece from conception, from growing the material in his garden to creating an object with a very powerful form.

Jennifer Lee, Winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2018, observer of this year’s prize said: This year’s finalists prove that old traditions of making continue to surprise us and be radical and contemporary. The prize makes you inquisitive and opens your mind to new ways of making and working with materials.

From the 26 June to 22 July, Genta Ishizuka’s winning piece and all the finalists’ works will be showcased at a free exhibition at Isamu Noguchi’s indoor stone garden ‘Heaven’ inside the Sogetsu Kaikan building in Tokyo.
From ceramics, furniture and glassware, to basketry, jewellery and blacksmithing, the show demonstrates the artists’ quests to reconcile the ancient with the avant-garde.

Jury:
 - Anatxu Zabalbeascoa (Chairwoman), Architecture and design correspondent for El País.
 - Benedetta Tagliabue, Architect and Pritzker Prize jury member.
 - Deyan Sudjic, Essayist and Director of Design Museum, London.
 - Enrique Loewe, LOEWE FOUNDATION Honorary President.
 - Hong Nam-Kim, President of the National Trust of Korea.
 - Jennifer Lee, Winner of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize second edition.
 - Jonathan Anderson, LOEWE Creative Director.
 - Naoto Fukasawa, Designer and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum.
 - Patricia Urquiola, architect and industrial designer.
 - Wang Shu, Architect and Pritzker Prize jury member.
 - Wolfgang Lösche, Head of Exhibition and Fairs at the Chamber of Skilled Trades, Munich.
 
Harry Morgan. Sculpture: Untitled, 2018. Glass, concrete.. Awarded at: LOEWE Craft Prize 2019. From series: Dichotomy. 
. Special Jury Mention
. 
. Harry Morgan’s work inverts the rules of gravity and creates objects that are completely counterintuitive. Referencing the brutality of architecture and the craft of Venetian glass making, a dense mass of concrete sits on top of a block of individual glass laments. His works establish a powerful relationship between the two contrasting materials as they merge to become one form.. Harry Morgan
Sculpture: Untitled, 2018
Glass, concrete.
Awarded at: LOEWE Craft Prize 2019
From series: Dichotomy

Special Jury Mention

Harry Morgan’s work inverts the rules of gravity and creates objects that are completely counterintuitive. Referencing the brutality of architecture and the craft of Venetian glass making, a dense mass of concrete sits on top of a block of individual glass laments. His works establish a powerful relationship between the two contrasting materials as they merge to become one form.

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Kazuito Takadoi. Object: KADO, 2018. Hawthorn twigs, waxed linen twine.. Awarded at: LOEWE Craft Prize 2019. 
. Special Jury Mention
. 
. Working entirely in organic matter grown by himself, Takadoi sews together branches, grasses and reeds to create forms that shift and change as the material matures and evolves. Over time, a more subtle paletteof colour is gradually revealed by this process. This work has a severity of form that puts in play ideas surrounding void versus solid, and shadow versus light.. Kazuito Takadoi
Object: KADO, 2018
Hawthorn twigs, waxed linen twine.
Awarded at: LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

Special Jury Mention

Working entirely in organic matter grown by himself, Takadoi sews together branches, grasses and reeds to create forms that shift and change as the material matures and evolves. Over time, a more subtle palette
of colour is gradually revealed by this process. This work has a severity of form that puts in play ideas surrounding void versus solid, and shadow versus light.

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Loewe Craft Prize 2019 Jury.
Loewe Craft Prize 2019 Jury

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