Tohru Matsuzaki "New Lacquer"

Ippodo Gallery

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Ippodo Gallery New York will presentn the first US exhibition by Japanese lacquer artist Tohru Matsuzaki from March 19 through May 9 in its Chelsea space. Featuring some 50 works, the exhibition provides a sumptuous sampling of Matsuzaki’s designs. Matsuzaki creates bowls, trays, coasters, serving dishes and plates from exclusively Japanese materials in intense shades of red and deep black.

Rich in historical and cultural significance, Japanese lacquer art has been created in Japan since the Jomon Period, which was from approximately 14,000 B.C. to 400 B.C. Indeed, the art form is so closely tied to national tradition that the words, “japan” and “japanware” are often used as names for Japanese lacquerware. Building upon this centuries-old history, Matsuzaki brings a new level of function and modernity to to his creations. Applying multiple layers of red, black, white, and clear lacquers to hollowed-out Keyaki and Nara wood, he creates highly durable works that follow the “beauty in utility” philosophy articulated in the Japanese folk art movement, or Mingei. Whereas most lacquer art is delicate, Matsuzaki’s designs withstand high heat and the occasional drop.



from March 19, 2009 to May 09, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-03-20 from 18:00 to 20:00


Tohru Matsuzaki

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