GALLERY

Keiko Masumoto

b. 1982; Hyogo, Japan

After completing both undergraduate and graduate ceramic programs at Kyoto City University in 2007, Masumoto was an instructor at ceramic studio Fumosha in Kyoto for three years. From 2010 she has been an artist-in-residence at the University of Arts (Philadelphia, USA).

STATEMENT

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 such pieces are referred to as craft objects, but these 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 conscious 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 featured in an intriguing way; works that are situated on that ambiguous boundary.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011
"Changes in Ceramics"(Yakimono henka) / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo
2010
"PANORAMA View of Ceramics" / INAX GALERIA CERAMICA, Tokyo
INAX Live Museum / Aichi, Japan
TKG Projects #1 / TKG Editions, Kyoto
Gallery Jin / Tokyo
2009
Pots & Plates / Taiyo Jimu, Kyoto
2008
Ishida Taiseisha Hall / Kyoto
2006
"Segment" / Kyoto University Gallery
2004
"Ceramics in Daily Life (Kurashi no naka no yakimono)" / Kyoto University Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011
"Shin, Tou, Sengen" (Works in Ceramic, 2011) / Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (Aichi)
2010
"The Power of Decoration" / Craft Gallery,The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo)
Tosei gallery in Tokyo Metropolitan Government office building
"Melange" / Imura Art Gallery (Kyoto)
2009
"FIX" / Old Rissei elementary school (Kyoto)
Tokyo Wonder Wall exhibition / Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Kyoten / Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Feminic Ceramic / Shibuya Seibu department store Art gallery (Tokyo)
2008
Tokyo Midtown Award exhibition (Tokyo)
2007
Gallery Fumonsha (Kyoto)
2006
Cafe Momi (Kyoto)
Korea Japan Contemporary Ceramics-Exchenge Exhibition of New Generation / Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum
The Ceramic awards exhibition at the Citizen's Cultural Festival Yamaguchi / The Old Hirobumi Ito's house (Hagi)
2005
KYOTO>SEOUL / Toppohouse Gallery (Seoul)
Gallery Bunpaca (Osaka)
2004
Craft Gallery SHU (Kyoto)

AWARDS

2009
Grand prix at Tokyo Wonder Wall (sponsored by Tokyo metropolitan government)
Curator's choice award at Kyoten (sponsored by Kyoto City)
2008
Runner-up Prize at the Tokyo Midtown Award Art Competition
2007
Mayor's Award for Graduate School at the Annual Exhibition of Kyoto City University of Arts
2006
First Prize in the Citizen's Cultural Festival Yamaguchi (sponsored by Ministry of Education & Science)
2005
Alumni Association's Award at the Annual Exhibition of Kyoto City University of Arts

PUBLIC COLLECTION

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art / Aichi, Japan
Victoria and Albert Museum / London,UK