Daisuke Iguchi: Deepening is on view at Sokyo Gallery, Kyoto
September 18 – October 30, 2021
Sokyo Gallery is pleased to present “Daisuke Iguchi: Shuto -Deepening-”. Iguchi is inspired by the indescribable power of ancient sculptures and the beauty of things that corrode with the passing of time, thereby evoking the profundity of time. His works also suggest an atmosphere of tranquility that is quite unique to Iguchi’s visual meditations on the depth of form, texture, and color. In recent years Iguchi has attracted growing attention both in Japan and abroad, through museum exhibitions and solo shows, as well as art fairs. In this exhibition, his first solo show at Sokyo, he shows 20 works including 17 new pieces.
Iguchi himself describes his work as Shuto, or “rusty pottery,” in reference to the rust-like texture of his work. After sculpting and firing a piece, he sprays the entire surface uniformly with rice-husk ash dissolved in water before the final firing. To create the characteristic texture of his works, the surface of the piece, which appears white and powdery after firing, is then polished with a wire brush. Iguchi says that he is fascinated by expressions of decay over time in the natural world, as seen in rusting iron and moss-covered stones. He arrived at his technique only after many years of trial and error, using stone, wood, and various other materials. Currently, he is focused on inventing new modes of expressiveness, by mixing different substances with the rice-husk ash to achieve color variations.
Another distinctive feature of Iguchi’s works is the soft roundness and the sharp, tense contours that he forms using strings. As he worked on various pieces, Iguchi became intrigued by the difficulty and pleasure of creating a “form” within the limitations imposed by a “container.” He explains that he is very conscious about shaping his works to give them a sense of tension, but without distortion, so as not to lose any of the beauty of the inside and outside of the object, of the lines where the two intersect, and of the material itself. He also aims at a color palette that draws out the charms of these elements. To create the fine lines and stripes on the surfaces of his ceramics, he carefully attaches long, thin strips of masking tape, one by one, before coloring them. Together with their rusty texture, these lines enhance the “form” of his works and accentuate the sense of time’s accumulation.
We hope you can take this chance to enter the world of Iguchi’s “rusty aesthetic artwork,” which has evolved to ever greater depths as the artist has insatiably pursued the challenges of sculptural expressiveness.
Daisuke Iguchi was born in 1975. He graduated from Tohoku University of Art and Design in Tochigi, Japan in 1998 and completed a course at the Industrial Technology Center of Tochigi Prefecture in 1999, studying under Masayuki Uraguchi. He has been working in Moka City, Tochigi Prefecture since 2004.
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Courtesy of Sokyo Gallery. Photos by Yuji Imamura