I was disappointed to miss the Keiko Masumoto exhibition at the ICN gallery in October, but thrilled when I discovered some of her work was still at the ICN last week.
Information about Keiko Masumoto’s work from the ICN gallery:
The vessel is, of course, a utilitarian form. But there are vessels that are simply decorative; they exist without flowers being arranged or food being served in them. These vessels are as a matter of course placed for appreciation in the entrance hall of a house or in its tokonoma (alcove). Most of these pieces are referred to as craft objects, but they transcend the crafts, which by nature are useful. If they are simply decorative pieces, in fact, there is no need for them to make the vessel form. The categories “fine art” and “craft” have long been present in Japan, but today for most people the boundaries between them are vague. Perhaps that is because people are more comfortably looking at craft pieces, which seem more approachable and familiar, than the unfamiliar, mysterious presence we call fine art.
The vessel form may thus be one type of device used in the studio crafts, like the painting and the frame in the fine arts.
Whether art or craft, I want to offer work that is intensely consciousness of that category, that framework, to explore what I myself felt.
What spurred me to create this series of works was the idea that they might generate some insight, if I featured them in an intriguing way; works that are situated on that ambiguous boundary.
I absolutely adore Keiko Masumoto’s work, and hope to see more of it in the future. For now, I’ll leave you with Keiko Masumoto’s website to browse: http://keikomasumoto.main.jp.