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Yoshitomo Nara - New Ceramic Works

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Yoshitomo Nara - New Ceramic Works
Studio view of sculpture in progress, 2018, ceramic. Photograph by Yoshitomo Nara © Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Hong Kong—Pace Gallery is pleased to inaugurate its second gallery in Hong Kong with an exhibition of new works by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. On view March 27 through May 12, 2018 in H Queen’s, Yoshitomo Nara: Ceramic Works and…is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with Pace Gallery worldwide. Coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong 2018, the exhibition includes new ceramic sculptures, paintings, and works on paper that continue the pioneering contemporary artist’s innovative approach to representation and form.

Yoshitomo Nara, Cube, 2018
© Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery

Yoshitomo Nara, Head 1, 2018
© Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery

Installation view of Yoshitomo Nara: Ceramic Works And…
12/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
March 27 – May 12, 2018, 2018

© Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery

The cornerstone of the exhibition comprises 12 new ceramic sculptures. The works were made in Shigaraki Japan, one of the oldest places in the country for production in the medium and a place where the artist has returned to work. With a dual focus on the form and materiality, Nara links together volumetric considerations with aesthetic qualities of the clay to service a conversation between the two. He further draws from frank observations of nature and humans, intermixing the two, suggesting an emotional range of psychological expressions, from steadfast and pensive to tired and mischievous in these works. Following the exhibition at Pace, several of the new sculptures will be loaned to the forthcoming Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, on view from September 7, 2018 to March 3, 2019.

Yoshitomo Nara, Studio view of painting in progress, 2018
© Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery

Yoshitomo Nara, An Anxious Feeling, 2018
© Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery

Installation view of Yoshitomo Nara: Ceramic Works And…
12/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
March 27 – May 12, 2018, 2018

© Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery

In his new paintings, Nara continues to present his familiar images of a single figure that he’s continued to refine. Relying on the thinner quality of acrylic paint compared to oil, Nara creates each painting by adding and removing pigment until he reaches his desired effect: a canvas made up of suspended hues that allows the figure to emerge through layers of color, inviting the viewer to stand still and enter a moment of contemplation. For his works on paper, Nara presents a more narrative approach. The lively pencil lines capture moments and figures, all in an expressive style experimenting with light, shadow, stillness and movement.

Installation view of Yoshitomo Nara: Ceramic Works And…
12/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
March 27 – May 12, 2018, 2018
© Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy Pace Gallery

Further information can be found here. All text and information above by Pace Gallery.


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