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Exuviae

Keita Matsunaga  松永圭太

Contemporary Japanese Ceramic

Touching Stone is pleased to introduce Keita Matsunaga, one of the talented ceramists of the coming generation likely to have major impacts on Japanese ceramic art. Born in 1986 into a potter family in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, Keita Matsunaga received education in architecture. After graduating from the Department of Architecture in Meijo University in 2010, he studied pottery in Tajimi City Pottery Design Center in Gifu, graduating in 2013. He then furthered his pottery studies in Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo in Kanazawa, graduating from there in 2016.

Matsunaga's conceptual sculptures not only show unusual beauty of organic forms and textures, but more important, provoke thoughts about nature of the empty space they enclose. He developed the concept of his current work when he was building large hollow forms. While digging and kneading with his hands, he created a void in the clay in order to form the outer shape. He wondered about the empty space that became the visible structure. The process is reminiscent of an insect casting off its exoskeleton, leaving behind an empty shell (exuviae). The artist acts like a molting insect, forming an empty shell imprinted with his movements, then vanishing without a trace.

 

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Keita Matsunaga
Exuviae No.1 (2017)
16.5"x 10"x 8.75" (2 views)
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Exuviae No.2 (2016)
13.5"x 14"x 10" (2 views)
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Keita MatsuganaKeita Matsugana
Keita Matsunaga
Digging-n-Building No.3 (2017)
11"x 9.5"x 12.25" (2 views)
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Digging-n-Building No.4 (2017)
10.25"x 9"x 10.5" (2 views)
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Keita Matsunaga
Digging-n-Building No.5 (2017)
7.5"x 8"x 6.75" (2 views)
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Digging-n-Building No.6 (2017)
5"x 4.75"x 3.25" (2 views)
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Exuviae No.7 (2017)
10.5"x 8.75"x 6" (2 views)
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Exuviae No.9 (2017)
13.5"x 14"x 10" (2-parts composite)
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Keita MatsunagaKeita Matsunaga
Keita Matsunaga
Exuviae No.10 (2017)
12"x 10.5"x 11.5" (2 views)
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Selected Exhibitions
2015  "Kiwami" Group Exhibition, Sin Sin Fine Art, Hong Kong.
2015  Solo Exhibition "Abode of Beginning", Space Ohara, Tajimi, Japan.
2016  Solo Exhibition "Mars Gravity", Gallery Utsuwa Note, Saitama, Japan.

Awards and Honors
2013  Selected for the first Seto Toshiro Trennale, Seto, Japan.
2013  Grand Prize, Takaoka Contemporary Craft Competition, Toyama, Japan.
2014  Judge Award, the 22nd Tableware Festival, Tokyo, Japan.
2014  Encouragement Award, by the Mayor of Kanazawa, the 70th Kanazawa Kogei Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan.
2014  Selected for the 10h International Ceramic Festival Mino, Gifu, Japan.
2014  Encouragement Award, International Itami Craft Exhibition, Hyogo, Japan.
2015  Selected for the 23rd Japan Ceramic Exhibition.
2015  Selected for the 6th Kikuchi Biennal, Tokyo, Japan.
2016  Honorable Mention, the 24th Tableware Festival, Tokyo, Japan.
2016  Encouragement Award, the 72nd Kanazawa Kogei Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan.
2017  Selected for the 11th International Ceramic Exhibition Mino, Gifu, Japan.


 

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