FIGURES IN CLAY
9th - 27th July, 2007

akio takamori

AKIO TAKAMORI
Japan/USA

Through the medium of clay, Akio Takamori explores human relationships: interpersonal, archetypal, social and historical.

His whimsical and erotic envelope-vessel forms from the 1980s and 1990s celebrate life's intimate connections—lovers, family, mother and child—as well as couplings from mythology.

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Shapely nude forms are modeled in three-dimensional relief and outlined with a fluid calligraphy that emphasizes their contours. Painting the vessel's interior as well as exterior surface, Takamori creates "a three-dimensional stage on which the dramatic spectrum of human experience and emotions are played out."

Objects and subject matter revel in dualities—inside and out, drawing and form, male and female, union and separation. Takamori's work moved in a new direction during a 1996 residency at the European Ceramic Work Center in The Netherlands. He began to create groupings of standing figural sculptures "in which the space, scale, hierarchy, gesture and prominence of the figures initiated a new kind of open-ended dialogue with other pieces."

Drawing on his childhood in Japan, Akio Takamori creates loose communities of figures that are filtered through memories, history and cultural heritage. The forms he creates of villagers, school children, shopkeepers and infants are created from the place where memories and cultural history come together. Takamori's interest is in exploring "cumulative memory" and "the shifting historical, cultural, and racial perspectives that serve to form both individual and group identities."

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Takamori is an associate professor at the faculty of the School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle, since 1993.

His work is represented by:

Garth Clark Gallery, 24 W. 57th Street, #305, New York, NY 10019, 212/246-2205
Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104, 206/223-0816
Frank Lloyd Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, B5B, Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310/264-3866

 


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