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Special Feature: Infinite Universe ― Beyond the Tea Bowl

RAKU, Kichizaemon XV, Black Raku Tea Bowl in Yakinuki Technique, Rokyo (Ural Owl), 1992, The Raku Museum RAKU, Kichizaemon XV,
Black Raku Tea Bowl in Yakinuki
Technique, Rokyo (Ural Owl),
1992, The Raku Museum

The world of Raku ware inspires images such as "the cosmos in a tea bowl" and "black holes." And the dusky spaces inside Chojiro's (the first generation of the Raku family of ceramic artists) tea bowls definitely calls to mind an infinite universe. "But what kind of universe?" you might ask. To me, this is the spiritual universe imprinted on our DNA that can be traced back to the origins of the human race.

It is a very sexual, primordial universe. By tracing it back to its origins, I have the feeling that we can become friends with the infinite universe.

I hope that instead of trying to understand it through words, you will be able to feel that universe. The moving images that emerge out of Takatani Shiro's noise are closely related to Chojiro's "black universe," with my tea bowls functioning as a kind of terrestrial landscape.

In the Entrance of Universe Loop, a circular form acts as a medium, escorting us back and forth between a primitive world, the present, and Chojiro's universe. These old and new things are linked across time.

Raku Kichizaemon XV

Exhibition Period

12. 14 (Wed.), 2016 – 2. 12 (Sun.), 2017

List of Works

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