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Joan B Mirviss LTD is excited to present master ceramist, Ogata Kamio in his first solo exhibition outside Japan, Nami: Shikaku Geijutsu / Waves of Optical Illusion: Ogata Kamio, from September 10 to October 25, 2019.

Deciding to tackle the extremely arduous art of neriage, or marbleized clay, incredibly, Ogata Kamio (b. 1949) is a self-taught artist residing in the hinterlands of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Transcending the ancient Chinese prototypes upon which this tradition of marbleization was born, Ogata is able to layer hundreds of paper-thin strata of gradated hand-colored clay, from which he throws a vessel, creating striated-linear surface patterns. His palette has long remained in delicate shades of teal, powder blue, gray and white. For some forms, in order to heighten the optical effects, he then softly carves and pleats the surface, often on a diagonal. The resulting vessels appear to have rivers flowing beneath and through their surfaces, or as Louise Nicholson stated in Apollo magazine, “a Fortuny creation in clay.” In creating these somewhat dizzying surface patterns, the artist hopes to evoke the unfocused and uncertain nature of our modern, daily lives.

Ogata Kamio, was born and raised in rural Hokkaido without any formal ceramic training or connections. He was drawn to ancient Chinese neriage (marbleized) clay vessels of the Tang period and after teaching himself the necessary techniques, he went on to teach pottery at the Shinshinozu Institute for the Handicapped. The Japanese clay world took notice in 2000 after he won the Judge’s special prize at the Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition in 2000 twice and the East Japan Area Prize at the 45th Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts New Works Competition.

Since gaining recognition, Ogata has exhibited extensively throughout Japan, participating in major shows in Tokyo, and at the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum. He has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions in North America, most recently at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto Canada. Additionally, Ogata’s optically hypnotic vessels now reside in the permanent collections of eight major American museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art where his work is currently on view in their exhibition, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics in Historical Context.

Nami; Shikaku Geijutsu / Waves of Optical Illusion: Ogata Kamio opens September 10, 2019 at Joan B Mirviss LTD marking the artist’s first USA solo exhibition. The exhibition will run through October 25, 2019 during regular gallery hours, Monday – Friday from 11 am – 6 pm.

About Joan B. Mirviss LTD

Joan B. Mirviss has been a distinguished expert in Japanese art, specializing in fine art and ceramics for more than forty years. She is the leading Western dealer in the field of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics, and from her New York gallery on Madison Avenue, JOAN B MIRVISS LTD exclusively represents the top Japanese clay artists. As a widely published and highly respected specialist in her field, Mirviss has advised and built collections for many museums, major private collectors, and corporations.

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