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Ryuichi Kakurezaki: on clay and legends

Feb 19, 2014

Ryuichi Kakurezaki: on clay and legends

by Robert Yellin

It’s not easy to make profound changes in a ceramic style that has a 1,000-year history. Take, for instance, the style known as Bizen. Bizen pottery is one of Japan’s most celebrated high-fired unglazed ceramic styles, and continues to be so to this very ...

James Bridle examines war in social-media age

Feb 6, 2014

James Bridle examines war in social-media age

by Cameron Allan Mckean

How differently do you think the project would have been viewed if the images of drone-attack sites were printed in a book? Is the context of the social networking site Instagram important? Instagram is important because it’s a place where many people go every ...

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

Feb 5, 2014

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

by Matthew Larking

Masato Kodama's sculptures are concerned with light, gravity and air. For him, light is a symbol of tomorrow and potential futures, gravity represents the present and the past, and air is associated with memory.

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

Jan 30, 2014

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

by Kevin Holden Platt

Across the ages, individuals standing at the peak of each society’s pyramid of power and fame have depended on artists to ensure their immortality: Khafre, pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt, conscripted an army of artisans to carve his likeness into the Great Sphinx ...

It’s ‘otherness’ that helps define ‘self’

Jan 29, 2014

It’s ‘otherness’ that helps define ‘self’

by John L. Tran

For better or worse, in contemporary art it is common to see male photographers tend toward featuring landscapes and objects, and female photographers working on problems of shifting identities, family and the body. In this respect there is a strong lineage for Ayaka Yamamoto’s ...