Crafting the Elements: Ceramic Art of Modern Japan from the Collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from September 29 - December 16, 2016; an Opening Reception will take place on Wednesday, September 28, from 6-7:30 pm in the Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Created from the fusion of earth, fire and water, ceramic art is an ancient, enduring, and vibrant form of creative expression in Japanese culture. Contemporary Japanese ceramic artists are deeply mindful of this venerable tradition, and their works are frequently abound with resonant historical references. At the same time, many of these practitioners boldly bend and stretch artistic conventions to create or incorporate new forms and ornamental language. Echoes of ceremonial vessels and implements co-exist beside fluid, organic and evocative shapes that push the allied media of clay and porcelain to their most daring and elastic possibilities.
This exhibition presents a choice selection of contemporary Japanese ceramics from one of the most distinguished private collections in America. Seen together, the more than thirty works on view highlight the creative dynamism and innovation that enlivens this most traditional art form as practiced by Japanese ceramic artists today.
Extensive programming complements this exhibition: Dr. Ive Covaci will give a Gallery Talk on The Resonance of Tradition in Modern Japanese Ceramics on October 5 at 5 pm; a Japanese tea ceremony, the traditional method of preparing and drinking matcha, or powdered green tea, will take place on October 28 at 1 pm; Ron Labaco, former Senior Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design, will present a lecture on Contemporary Japanese Ceramics on November 29 at 5 p.m; and on October 15, Family Day will explore Japanese Art and Culture.