ICN gallery proudly presents Kitsch Kōgei by artist Keiko Masumoto from 05 - 31 March 2012.For a long time in Japanese applied arts, the ideas towards "art" and "craft" have been keptseparate. However there are some artists who break the mold, and ICN Gallery is pleased topresent one of them, Keiko Masumoto.
Using high ceramic craftsmanship, her works include everyday Japanese items such as decorativeplates, vases, and tea ceremony instruments. But she breaks the relationship betweenutilitarian and decorative objects by combining these items and traditional motifs with dynamicshapes, creating a humorous take on Japanese traditions and culture. A new generation artistseeking to escape outdated conventions, Masumoto erases the lines between craft and art byshowcasing the beauty of useful things.
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Keiko Masumoto (b. 1982; Hyogo, Japan)After completing both undergraduate and graduate ceramic programs at Kyoto City University in2007, Masumoto was an instructor at ceramic studio Fumosha in Kyoto for three years. From2010 she has been an artist-in-residence at the University of Arts (Philadelphia, USA).