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ObjecTalks. Japanese Contemporary Metal Craft Exhibition

Exhibition  /  03 Jul 2021  -  07 Aug 2021
Published: 23.07.2021
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Intro
For Gold Carving as a type of art, people are the core, and "objects" are the carriers. No matter what era, what kind of technical changes, the craftworks are the observation of the present world. This exhibition ObjecTalks is a miniature view of Japan's contemporary gold carving craft.

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Artist list

Yukihiko Haruta, Yoshiro Iwaisako, Hiroki Iwata, Kobayashi Keiwa, Masaya Koga, Itto Mishima, Satoshi Mizushiro, Nao Mizutani, Kayo Nakamura
Under the influence of the pandemic, the world's cultural exchanges have been blocked on a large scale, and cultures need the broadest communication and integration to find new knowledge and reveal brilliance. At this difficult time, we hope you enjoy the exhibition of works by Japanese gold carving artists.
 
For Japan, there is always a sense of crisis about the scarcity of "objects". Therefore, it has become a habit of the Japanese to make the best use of everything since ancient times, and people are more cautious and careful in their attitude towards "objects". This "careful" has turned into the craft, an art that integrates people's aesthetics and feelings into "objects" through their hands, eyes, and heart.
 
Gold carving technology developed from traditional to modern times, both the production of the works and the technology itself have undergone great changes. In contemporary gold carving craft, utensils and objects are one category, while jewelry art is another. Traditional relief, chisel, surface treatment, and other techniques change with the times and keep a dynamic connection with the current needs of life. The connotation and style of the works evolve with the iteration of art schools.
 
In Japan, today's jewelry art can be roughly divided into four types: Small sculpture works, which use traditional modeling techniques to create images and express feelings; Constitutive works created by adopting the rules of the form of constitutive language to pursue the aesthetic sense of abstract form; Works that seek cultural identity from the origin of Japanese and culture; Conceptual works, on the other hand, express the ideas and artistic concepts of the artist, which are synchronized with the ever-changing artistic ideas and forms. This kind of works is more suitable for contemporary art than jewelry.
 
The category of utensils and objects is to feel the changes and pulse in contemporary life. There are creators of utensils suitable for the modern lifestyle and also metalworking artists who follow the trend of contemporary art. Paul Greenhalgh has argued that the objects (or technologies) we create are not neutral, but rather an expression of our cultural values. Therefore, no matter what form or appearance is adopted, the works created today give new blood and spirit to craftsmanship.
 
Gold carving technology is an ancient skill of the art, the reason it established the academic system is because of the continuous adherence to innovation and integration of the times. From serving the noble life by creating the exquisite life utensils and accessories, to the mass production organized by the government to protect the development of technology in the industrial revolution period, and to express contemporary ideas with craft nowadays. The humanistic spirit of the hand stays, the innovation of people changes.
 
In this type of art, people are the core, and "objects" are the carriers. No matter what era, what kind of technical changes, the craftworks are the observation of the present world. This exhibition ObjecTalks is a miniature view of Japan's contemporary gold carving craft. We hope you can still experience the power of cultural communication, listen to the sound of metal beating, and feel the light of human creation over millenniums.

/ Qian Li, Curator

 
Nao Mizutani. Necklace: Crystallization of Happiness~A hint of Nature~, 2015. Silver, 18k gold-filled.. 19 x 19 x 5 cm. Nao Mizutani
Necklace: Crystallization of Happiness~A hint of Nature~, 2015
Silver, 18k gold-filled.
19 x 19 x 5 cm
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Nao Mizutani. Necklace: Untitled, 2017. Silver, gold.. Nao Mizutani
Necklace: Untitled, 2017
Silver, gold.
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Hiroki Iwata. Vase: Untitled, 2017. Gold plated.. Hiroki Iwata
Vase: Untitled, 2017
Gold plated.
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Hiroki Iwata. Vase: Untitled, 2017. Gold plated.. Hiroki Iwata
Vase: Untitled, 2017
Gold plated.
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Hiroki Iwata. Brooch: Untitled, 2017. Gold-plated, pearls.. Hiroki Iwata
Brooch: Untitled, 2017
Gold-plated, pearls.
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Yoshiro Iwaisako. Sculpture, 2017. .
Yoshiro Iwaisako. Sculpture, 2017.

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