Otani Workshop at the Perrotin Gallery (Seoul)
The Perrotin Gallery in Seoul welcomes for the first time, within the gallery, the Japanese artist Shigeru Otani for his project “Otanu workshop” that he has been pursuing since 2005. The spearhead of a new wave of Japanese ceramic artists, mixing ancient and ancient
Japanese artistic techniques with contemporary aesthetics. Although the word “workshop”, literally translated as “workshop” suggests that it is a collective, Otani Workshop is in fact the name of one artist: Shigeru Otani. While he was a student at Okinawa University of the Arts, Otani felt frustrated by the indigence experienced or supposed as an artist. What begins with a visit to the various museums, temples and shrines in his home country quickly becomes an introspective journey, questioning his identity as an artist. This experience, like an epiphany, opens a new path for him, further away from the career of sculptor to which he predestined himself.
Otani worked for almost a decade until 2017, in Shigaraki, the ancient capital of Japanese pottery, famous for the quality of its local products. Installed in the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, a public cultural park, it has access to a shared oven.
It is important to note that in this project, Otani Workshop, the artist elevates craftsmanship to the rank of art and in fact the pillar of his work in his
recent solo exhibition”When I Was Seventeen, I Learned About Giacometti From My Art Teacher and Became Drawn to Sculpture and So I Make Sculptures Now. (Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, 2016), he explores the fluid relationship between ceramics and sculpture with humour and brutal honesty. In Otani’s Workshop, he invites the viewer to become one with his fantasy. whether he is a pitcher or a casing stored in a custom-made case, a large ceramic head, fantastic, which seems to emerge from a mound of grass, each piece on display questions the practical or decorative character of the work.
23 August-22 September
5 Palpan-Gil Jongno-Gu, Seoul
Open: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-18:00
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