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courtesy of rinkak
We would like to announce our second exhibition.
HAMON GALLERY will hold a special exhibition focusing on the skill of the Japanese craftsman. As the centerpiece to showcase the Japanese aesthetic for craftsmanship is the Japanese Katana sword. We would like to present the Japanese Katana alongside other works of Japanese craftsmanship, from swords to traditional crafts to plastic figures made with 3D printers, expected to represent a major new phase in technology, under the same concept of “technique”.
Building upon the foundation of Japanese craft are generations of people who demanded excellence in their daily tools and artifacts. Because of this, artisans constantly pursued excellence in the crafting of their work, so that form and function would be enhanced to their limits, and to combine accumulated traditional skill with cutting-edge technology from each new age. The Japanese Katana, for example, requires incredibly repetitive re-forging of steel and polishing to bring out a subtle wave-like pattern to the blade through a very complex production that seems almost excessive when the purpose of a sword is considered. But what gives the Japanese Katana their authentic value today is the spirit of pursuing excellence, beauty, and the perfection of the material.
In other eras, that exploration helped produce excellence in another form of craft. Jizai-Okimono (movable figures) also highlighted in this exhibition, were created from the armor production techniques of armorers from the Edo Samurai era, perfected to have an unprecedented level of complex movements. Some of these movable figures were created to serve some function, such as being a paper weight or incense holder, we can imagine the intent of the artisans who tried to utilize ornamental figures for more practical daily uses.
From this context, we re-interpret the new Japanese crafts from various fields which are attracting rising attention as the latest embodiments of the continuous exploration of skill, technique, and materials, providing us an opportunity to reconsider the future of Japanese crafts developed with the spirit of the pursuit of excellence.
Title: Progressing Craftsmanship and Technique
Artists: Haruo Mitsuta – Movable Figures / Ippei Kawachi – Japanese Katana / Kunihira Kawachi – Japanese Katana / rinkak – 3D Printing
Term: 5th Sep.（Sat）- 11th Oct.（Sun）
Open：11:00-18:30（ on a subscription basis ）
Opening party：18:30- on 5th Sep.（Sat）
Talk show: 19th Sep.（Sat）
※ for more information please visit the website.
Venue: Itadaki Bld.2F, 3-5-2, Minato, Chuo-ku, Tokyo,104-0043, Japan
2015.8.10(Mon.) ~ 9.4(Fri.) due to the exchange of works.The next special exhibition will start from 2015.9.5(Sat.)
On June 6, 2015, we opened HAMON GALLERY in the Tsukiji area of Ginza. We offer a gallery collection featuring a wide array of splendid items from wonderfully talented young creators, as well as traditional Japanese arts and crafts. We are looking forward to your visit. Additionally, due to our belief that this gallery is meant to be enjoyed carefully and deliberately, we operate on a reservation-only system. Please request a reservation before you make your visit.
We began HAMON PROJECT to conduct a patronage initiative that included the support of artists and creators in its outlook, as well as to share with the world the pride of Japanese craft and talent, from the works of the most esteemed artisans of traditional arts and crafts to those of young creators using tried-and-true techniques as a medium to reach new expression