Ippodo Gallery presents an extensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese kogei (art and craft) at Design Miami 2022 through the works of 21 artists. Ippodo Gallery represents living Japanese artists who produce objects using myriad materials: metal, glass, wood, lacquer, porcelain, clay, and textile. To highlight the unique relationship between artwork and space that characterizes kogei, Shigeru Uchida’s Ji-an (“portable hermitage”) Teahouse — made from bamboo and Hinoki wood — is an invitation to experience Japanese sensibility.
Extreme Surfaces is a juxtaposition of three distinct object types: the surfaces of form-active works — represented by Kodai Ujiie, Kota Arinaga, and Yukiya Izumita— are fabricated from mosaic shapes that disrupt an otherwise smooth exterior. Surface-active works — Terumasa Ikeda and Koji Hatakeyama — are distinguished by an expressive decoration of the external layer, and vector-active works — notably Shigeru Uchida — are engineered with linear and regular shapes that join seamlessly.
Ippodo Gallery is committed to creating shared empathetic, craft-oriented experiences through engagement with Japanese art and culture. It continues to showcase work by living artists that adheres to its mission to cultivate beauty with a consciousness of the fragility of nature and the strength of quiet serenity. Ippodo Gallery has worked directly with over 200 artists and held thousands of exhibitions over three decades.