Ryutaro Yamada Pottery Exhibition

January 24, 2020 – February 6, 2020
GALLERY HOURS :11:00 – 19:00
RECEPTION:January 24, 2020 18:00〜20:00

Kaikai Kiki Gallery is excited to announce that from January 24th to February 6th, we will be presenting a ceramics exhibition by Japanese artist Ryutaro Yamada.

Exhibiting at Oz Zingaro in Nakano Broadway during February of 2018, this will be his first exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery.

In this exhibition, we will displaying over 500 of his latest pieces gathered from his studio in Sagamihara. We invite you to come experience the beauty found in the materials of Mother Nature through Yamada’ s works.

Message from the Artist

More than ten years since beginning creating ceramics.
I began as my wife wanted to attend a ceramics course and casually invited me to come along. It was right around the time when I was diagnosed, lost all my hair becoming completely bald and began to give up on life in my twenties.

Perhaps making ceramics fit my personality, I became engrossed immediately. I started to think that to grind, fire, and sell my ceramics in recluse was the only path I had left. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to view the works of the late Ryo Aoki at his residence in what was formerly Fujino. During my visit, his wife asked if I wanted to use the space because it was vacant. So I decided to move.

Supported by various coincidences, production continued and the meaning of living alone without human contact slowly faded. Whenever I get lonely living in a house in a forest, I go to the convenience store and talk to the lady at the register, then go back to grinding, firing, and selling.