Born 1963 in Kanazawa City, video creator, composer, photographer.
Graduated in visual studies at the Faculty of Art, Tama Art University. In 2000, he directed the music for the Japan Pavilion of the Hannover World Expo in Germany, and is involved in a wide range of artistic presentations including events, art, and museum exhibition music composition. From 2011, he began visual events in Kanazawa. He also collaborates with Noh masters, traditional Japanese dancers and others, and is active in many fields.
*Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.
*Makie (literally: sprinkled picture) is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration.
*Raden is a style and technique in Japanese lacquerware and woodwork using inlays of shell and ivory to decorate pieces that usually have a wood base, whether lacquered or not, though bases of metal or other materials may be used. The shells used include mother-of-pearl, abalone and other types.
Born 1987 in Ishikawa Prefecture, glass work artist
Produces works of glass using cut glass techniques. Graduated from the Toyama Glass Work Laboratory Molding Department in 2008, and completed a study course at the same school in 2010. Subsequently, she completed a course at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop in 2014, and now produces works in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Born 1974 in Tokyo, contemporary jewelry artist
After graduating from the 3D Design Department of Tama Art University, she went to Italy after working at a jewelry company designer, and learnt theory and practice at the ALCHIMIA Contemporary Jewelry School (Florence, Italy). Currently she has ateliers in Kanazawa and Tokyo, and exhibits works at galleries in Europe and Asia. In 2012, her works were acquired by the Italian Contemporary Jewelry Association and the Cominelli Foundation.
Admission Free / Open daily
(*There maybe occasions due to events in the ART Lounge when viewing is not possible)
"Takuo Nakamura ≒ Kanazawa Crafts Exhibition" (*) will be held as the 23rd exhibition of ART colors which celebrate the four seasons of Japan with art.
From "Taisetsu" to "Risshun", winter to spring, is the most spectacular season of the 24 solar terms of the year which are filed with auspicious days. Kanazawa, the Kaga clan castle town in Hokuriku region known as the kingdom of the tea ceremony, is also known for craft arts with aesthetic value used in everyday life, which have been continually refined since olden times. In this exhibition, you will experience the dignified elegance of winter of Hokuriku region through works by ceramic artist Takuo Nakamura who embodies Kanazawa crafts with a free interpretation, as well as up-and-coming artists and visual artist who all have a deep connection with Kanazawa and are active in various fields.
We hope you enjoy these works which represent the "Now" of Kanazawa without being bound by the limitations of traditional crafts, and Kanazawa's sense of the aesthetic which brings everyday life and beauty ever closer together.
* "≒" is a sign which means approximation.
- Current progressive forms of the Kanazawa aesthetic -
It is not commonly known that Toshiie Maeda, the first lord of Kaga clan, gave stipend to Koetsu Honami from the time he was one of Nobunaga’s retainers. This means that even the first lord of Kaga clan had the potential to be a patron of cultural arts. Since then, great cultural assets were accumulated during the clan government period which lasted 300 years. The nature to encourage cultural arts which were passed down to the townspeople have developed Kanazawa’s distinctive sense of aesthetics over a hundred years since Meiji period, changing its form in various ways.
The "Culture of Kanazawa", in which artistic elements have melded with every part of daily life, is continuously living in the townspeople who were brought up to experience it with their "hands" and "eyes".
The artistic expression of Takuo Nakamura, a third generation descendant of Baizan Nakamura who lived in the early Meiji period, is exactly a modern progressive form of that Kanazawa aesthetic (Miyabi Kaneda, Gallery Ten).
Takuo Nakamura / Ceramic artist
Hirotoh Morikawa / Video creator, composer, photographer
Naoki Sakai / Metalwork artist
Michio Kono / Metalwork artist
Shingo Muramoto / Lacquer artist
Saya Yamagishi / Lacquer artist
Eriko Asano / Glass artist
Meiri Ishida / Contemporary jewelry artist
Tomoaki Endo / Japanese painting artist
Fumi Terawaki / Japanese painting artist
Kazuko Kaneda / Calligrapher