Keigo Kamide
"Bears Live In The Hollow"

Yoshimi Arts
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Keigo Kamide "Bears Live In The Hollow"

Jun 18 - Jul 10, 2016 →Extended until Jul 16
11:00-19:00 Closed on Tue, Wed
Opening Reception | Jun 18, 18:00-
Yoshimi Arts

Yoshimi Arts is pleased to present the solo exhibition "Bears Live In The Hollow" by Keigo Kamide.

Japanese traditional crafts face many problems. The decrease in demand due to changing lifestyles and the rise of industrial products, have led to a decrease in the artisan population. This dilemma extends to the tools and raw materials manufacturers, resulting in the entire traditional crafts industry following a path of decline. Kutani ware, a traditional craft of Ishikawa, is no exception.
Keigo Kamide is the sixth generation heir of the Kutani Choemon potters, who have a 130-year history with Kutani ware. His diverse range of activities include conceiving an idea for a hand painted porcelain product, which is becoming increasingly rare within the Kutani ware practice itself, cooperating with Maruwakaya to realize a collaboration with world-renowned designer Jaime Hayon, and exhibiting his own porcelain work of “Kansho (Banana)” at the graduation exhibit at the Tokyo University of the Arts.
For this solo exhibition, we will be exhibiting Keigo Kutani’s work featuring bears, a subject matter that suddenly caught his interest at his solo exhibition in Nagoya last year. Following the “KUTANI CONNEXION” exhibition from this past March in Tokyo, this will also take place at Yoshimi Arts.
Since ancient times, humans and bears have shared a deep connection. The gall bladder of the bear was used for medicine, the fur for clothing or rugs. Because of how necessary and valuable bears were in order to survive, in some regions they were worshiped as the god of the mountain. From there we get the various festivals, myths and anecdotes surrounding bears. Moreover, their lovable and adorable appearance when they walk on two feet has made them popular far and wide all over the world, as motif for woodcarvings, stuffed animals, characters, and protagonists in animations. But on the other hand, despite their extensive existence in all parts of the country, since the dawn of history, art work surrounding bears has been significantly scarce compared with other animals. To trace the relationship between bears and humans may be one way to decipher art and craft from the perspective of Japanese history.
Keigo Kamide’s observations on bears is vast, and his expressions diverse. We want to investigate why Keigo Kamide is now directing his passionate attention to bears.

Text "about bears" by Keigo Kamide (Japanese) ≫

*image: "Bear stamp in Ban-e style"

■Event held at the same time
Keigo Kamide (Kutani Cheomon) "Bears Live In The Hollow"
Jun 18 - Jul 10, 2016


Keigo Kamide
1981 Born in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
2006 BFA, Department of Fine Arts: Oil Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts
Solo Exhibition
2015 "BEAR MOUNTAIN or MOUNTAIN BEAR" (Art Gallery, Nagoya Matsuzaka-ya/Nagoya)
2014 "Quiet Storm" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) 
2013 αM Project 2013 "The Earthly Paradise" vol.3 Keigo Kamide (gallery αM/Tokyo)
  "Floating" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
2012 "Bananas" (pARa:siTe/Ishikawa)
2011 "Isolated" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
2010 "Kutani Connexion" (Spiral Garden/Tokyo)
2009 "Art / Craft" (Oukashorin/Nagano)
2008 "Style" (Takagikoujisyouten/Ishikawa)
  "Para:sideB" (pARa:siTe/Ishikawa)
2007 "Para:sideA" (pARa:siTe/Ishikawa)
Group Exhibition
2015 "Show-zui-zu" (Art Gallery X, 6F, Takashimaya Nihombashi Store/Tokyo)
  "5th Anniversary Festival !!" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) 
  "Koi-suru Kogei Exhibition" (Kurobe City Art Museum/Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture) 
2014 "Material and Form" in a digital age (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka) 
2013 "Kutani Wagatani" (G-WING'S gallery/Ishikawa, 2014 Sokyo/Kyoto)
  'Renew Japanese Tradition "Shou" (Wako Hall, Wako(Ginza)/Tokyo)
2012 "Primitive [ in order ]" (Yoshimi Arts/Osaka)
2011 Insight "Repetition" (ART OSAKA - Yoshimi Arts/Hotel Granvia Osaka/Osaka) 
2010 "BASARA" (Spiral Garden/Tokyo)
  "First International Triennale of Kogei in Kanazawa" (21st Century Museum of Contemporary
  Art, Kanazawa/Kanazawa)
2009 "Medicine and Art" (Mori Art Museum/Tokyo)
  "Shokubutsu no Utsuwa" (G-WING’S Gallery/Ishikawa)
  "Nowhere but Hayama Opening Exhibition" (Nowhere but Hayama/Kanagawa)
2008 "Kiryu Saien 14" (Kiryu Moriyoshi Koba/Gunma)
  "Hako" (pARa:siTe/Ishikawa)
2007 "Kiryu Saien 13" (Kiryu Moriyoshi Koba/Gunma)
  "Montblanc Young Artist Patronage in Japan" (Montblanc Ginza/Tokyo)
2009 "ART PICNIC" (Omotesando Hills/Tokyo)
  "KUTANI SEAL WORKSHOP", held all over Japan since this year.
2007 "Kenichiro Mogi talks a great deal with artists in Kanazawa" (social/Ishikawa)
  "PUMA with MARUWAKA KUTANI" (Midtown/4 areas including Tokyo)
  Made the plate for lunch, exhibited in "Flower robotics" by Tatsuya Matsui (Art Tower
Kutani Choemon
1879 Established as Kutani ware wholesaler in Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture
1969 Recived the hornor to dedicate "Flower Vase" at the request of the Meiji Shrine
1983 Recived the hornor to make the tableware used when Emperor Showa visited
  Ishikawa Prefecture
1993 Recieved the Award from the Minister of Trade and Industry for evaluation of promotion of
  traditional craft works
2000 The wares were used as the tableware at the dinner party, Okinawa Summit
2003 The fourth heir was decorated with the Fifth Class Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Sliver
2007 Participated in "PUMA with MARUWAKA KUTANI" and made each parts of bicycle in Kutani
2010 Hold the solo exhibition "KUTANI CONNEXION" at Spiral garden, Tokyo.
2011 Made a new series of tableware collaborated with a spanish designer Jaime Hayon and
  presented them in Mirano Salone, Itary
  The work "Skull" Candy Jar with Floral Design by Kamide Choemongama + MARUWAKA-YA
  was added to the collection of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
2012 Hold the exhibition with Yoshiki, a craftsman of Tokoname teapot, at Sabo Issho in Kanazawa.
2015 Hold the first overseas solo exhibition <”ORIGINS” KUTANI CHOEMON’s Journey> at
  nakaniwa in Paris, France
  The exhibition "Kutani Kamide Choemon-gama" (Art Gallery, Okayama Takashimaya
21st Century Museum of Contemprary Art, Kanazawa,
Nomi City
Japigozzi Collection