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Fusako Akao

Memory of Time

May 4 - 30, 2012

Meet the artist on May 11, 10 am - noon

Read about the show in May 4 issue of Pasatiempo , the New Mexican's Weekly Art & Culture Magazine

Fusako Akao Memory of Time 

Fusako Akao 赤尾ふさこ :  Memory of Time 

Touching Stone Gallery is privileged to introduce an exciting woman ceramic artist, Fusako Akao, whose conceptual sculptural work brings a unique perspective to contemporary Japanese ceramics.

Fusako Akao (b. 1950) studied ceramic art in Gifu National University. After graduation, she sought further training with renowned contemporary ceramist Kiyoyuki Kato in Seto, who had a profound influence on her artistic philosophy and development. Traditionally, Japanese pottery is based largely on functional forms. By contrast, Akao emphasizes conceptual ideas and inspiration. One of her earliest work entitled Ruins won the Grand Prize in Asahi Ceramic Exhibition in 1987, setting a direction towards conceptual art for her productive career.

Akao’s work is a tribute to nature rather than an imitation of its beauty. She wants to capture the fleeting inspiring moments of what she calls ‘instants of twinkles’ that she has experienced in nature. It is important for her to choose clay as her medium. She sees the natural world as a slice in time in eons of a changing process. She believes every component in nature - each soil particle, each drop of water - holds memories of its creation. Her task as an artist is to reveal the innate beauty in her medium, as she turns clay into works of art.

Akao's style is powerful and dynamic. Her juxtaposing angles and surfaces are carved by intuition rather than design. She sculpts with swift, forceful faceting movements, as if to uncover hidden memories in the clay. She uses various traditional glazes - black and green Oribe, white ash - to transform her work into beautiful landscapes that evoke memories of jagged mountains, turquoise streams, or luminous ice crystals.

In a field dominated by men, Akao never wavers from her vision, creating many original forms throughout her career. The current show, entitled Memory of Time, is the first time her works are shown in the U.S. The show features over twenty sculptural pieces, each a remembrance of an inspiring moment. It is only appropriate that this body of work is exhibited in a centuries-old adobe house in Santa Fe, itself full of memories, adding yet another layer in the long creative process.

 

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 Memory of Time C1

Memory of Time C1

  Ceramic sculpture  19" x 9" x 13.5"h (2 views)

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Memory of Time F1

  Ceramic sculpture  9.5" x 4.5" x 6.5"h (3 views)

 

 

 

 

 

 Memory of Time F2Memory of Time F2

Memory of Time F2

  Ceramic sculpture  13" x 6.5" x 8"h (2 views)

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 Memory of Time F4Memory of Time F4

Memory of Time F4

  Ceramic sculpture  16.5" x 8" x 12"h (2 views)

 

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Memory of Time F3

  Ceramic sculpture  8.5" x 5" x 5.5"h (3 views)

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Memory of Time B1

  Ceramic sculpture  8" x 4" x 6.5"h (2 views)

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Memory of Time B3

  Ceramic sculpture  10" x 5" x 5.5"h (2 views)

 

 

 

   

Memory of Time B4Memory of Time B4

Memory of Time B4

  Ceramic sculpture  12" x 5" x 5"h (2 views)

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Memory of Time B5Memory of Time B5

Memory of Time B5

  Ceramic sculpture  12" x 5.5" x 5.5"h (2 views)

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Memory of Time A! Memory of Time A1

Memory of Time A1

  Ceramic vase/sculpture  10" x 9" x 5.5"h (2 views)

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 Memory of Time A2Memory of Time A2

Memory of Time A2

  Ceramic vase/sculpture  10" x 8" x 4.5"h (2 views)

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Memory of Time A4

  Ceramic vase/sculpture  7.5" x 5.5" x 3"h (2 views)

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 Memory of Time M1Memory of Time M1

Memory of Time M1

  Ceramic vase/sculpture  10" x 7" x 5"h (2 views)

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 Memory of Time M2Memory of Time M2

Memory of Time M2

  Ceramic vase/sculpture  8" x 6.5" x 4"h (2 views)

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 Memory of Time M4Memory of Time M4

Memory of Time M4

  Ceramic vase/sculpture  7.5" x 7" x 4"h (2 views)

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Memory of Time M5

  Ceramic vase/sculpture  8" x 8" x 5"h (2 views)
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Memory of Time M6

  Ceramic vase/sculpture  9" x 6" x 4.5"h (2 views)

 

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Memory of Time M8

  Ceramic vase/sculpture  7" x 5.5" x 4"h (2 views)

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Memory of Time R3Memory of Time R3

Memory of Time R3

  Ceramic sculpture  11.5" x 5.5" x 4.5"h (2 views)

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Memory of Time R4

  Ceramic sculpture  9" x 5" x 4"h (2 views)

 

 

 

Memory of Time K2

Memory of Time K2

  Ceramic hanging vase  11.5"h x 4.5" x 3.5"h

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Memory of Time K3

Memory of Time K3

  Ceramic hanging vase  11"h x 4.5" x 3.5"h

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Memory of Time Touching Stone Gallery

 

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Reception for Fusako Akao in Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe

 
Shows and Honors
1972  Graduated from Art & Craft Department in Gifu National University
1983  Studied with Kiyoyuki Kato in Seto
1987  Grand Prize, Asahi Ceramic Exhibition
1988  Established kiln in Yunone, Seto
1990  Solo show, Gallery Isogaya, Tokyo
1991  Solo show, Gallery Isogaya, Tokyo
1993  Solo show, Gallery Isogaya, Tokyo
1994  Solo show, Gallery M, Tokyo
1996  Solo show, Gallery M, Tokyo
1997  Established new kiln in Gifu
         Solo show, Gallery Ten, Tokyo
         Solo show, Gallery Fuu, Nagoya
         Solo show, Gallery M, Tokyo
1998  Solo show, Gallery Fuu, Nagoya
1999  Solo show, Gallery Kura, Gifu
         Solo show, Gallery Nin, Tokyo
2000  Solo show, Galley Oribetei
2001  Appointed lecturer, Asahi Culture Center
2002  Solo show, Art Space So, Nagoya
         Solo show, Gallery Kanon, Tokyo
2003  Solo show, Gallery Nin, Tokyo
         Solo show, Gallery Jyugenmon, Tokyo
2005  Solo show, Gallery Nin, Tokyo
2007  Solo show, Gallery Nin, Tokyo
2008  Solo show, Gallery Brocken, Tokyo
2009  Solo show, Gallery Nin, Tokyo
2010  Tokio-Barcelona II, Barcelona, Spain
         Solo show, Gallery Nin, Tokyo
2011  Solo show, Gallery Nin, Tokyo
2012  Solo show, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, USA

Publications
1995  Tojiro, Vol. 4.
2001  Exhibition catalogue, 39th Asahi Ceramic Exhibition
2003  Tojiro, Vol. 23.
2009  Sogetsu, Vol. 236.
2010  Exhibition catalogue, Tokio-Barcelona II