Landscapes — Part 1

Jun Kaneko

Kazuhito Kawai

Kimiyo Mishima

Toru Ishii

Yoon Heechang

Exhibition

11.11.2022 — 10.12.2022

ARTSY

Sokyo Lisbon is pleased to announce Landscapes: a journey through tactile landscapes, showing works from five different contemporary artists: Jun Kaneko, Kazuhito Kawai, Kimiyo Mishima, Toru Ishii and Yoon Heechang.

 

For centuries, Japanese people have admired the unique surfaces and shapes of tea bowls and other ceramic objects. They look not only at the colors, sheen or markings resulting from long kiln firings, but also at the places where thick or thin slips and glazes run and pool on the surfaces, creating impressions of mountains, rivers or crevices, as if natural landscapes. Sometimes the surfaces are ultra-smooth where winds seem to have blown away the sand, other times, plump vegetal forms give the suggestion of plants and forests. Sometimes heat cracks the clay body of a piece or impurities explode on its surface, creating even more the appearances of rocks or rough terrain.

 

"Landscapes" are called keshiki in Japanese. The appreciation for the tactile qualities of surfaces, shapes and markings – the broader usage of the word keshiki – can be carried over to other objects, including even fabrics. In Landscapes we invite the visitor to discover a wide range of forms and textures – tactile landscapes – in different colors, mediums and dimensions.

Exhibited artists

Exhibited artworks

Jun Kaneko • Untitled • 2016

Jun Kaneko • Untitled • 2016

Kimiyo Mishima • Package 73-1 • 1973

Kimiyo Mishima Paper Bag 74-1~15 1974

Kazuhito Kawai  ART TOWER MITO 2020

Kazuhito Kawai  Saizeriya  2020

Kazuhito Kawai  “I MISSED “THE SHOCK” 2017

Heechang Yoon • Kamogawa River #1329 2018

Heechang Yoon • Kamogawa River #1325 2018

Toru Ishii • BIJINGA I • 2016

Toru Ishii • Wallis Road_January_2017 • 2017

Toru Ishii • De Beauvoir Road _December2016 2016

Têmporas/テンプラ

Kanji Hasegawa

Toru Ishii

Kazuma Koike

Takahiro Komuro

Taketo Masui

Taku Obata

Ryuichi Ohira

piczo

Shuhei Yamada

Exhibition

21.09.2022 — 29.10.2022

ARTSY

Sokyo Lisbon is pleased to announce Têmporas/テンプラ, a playful and humorous group exhibition with works by Kanji Hasegawa, Toru Ishii, Kazuma Koike, Takahiro Komuro, Taketo Masui, Taku Obata, Ryuichi Ohira, piczo and Shuhei Yamada. The show will be the fourth of the artist collective KUROOBIANACONDA, and their first outside of Japan.

 

In Shuhei Yamada’s words, KUROOBIANACONDA’s leader who curated the exhibition together with Toru Ishii: "in Têmporas/テンプラ we will create an environment out of unconnected themes and media to intrigue the palate of the viewer. The show intends to be like a serving of Japanese Tempura, with its variety of fried vegetables and seafood accompanied by a piquant sauce. Tempura, a representative, even indispensable, dish in Japanese cuisine, was brought to Japan by the Portuguese. It is a symbol of cultural exchange and fusion. All the artists in the collective, who come from different backgrounds and regions of Japan, grew up absorbing modern western culture from movies to music, fashion to food. We hope our new variations on Tempura will appeal to the visitors.” The idea of serving art to the visitor, just like food, has been present in all of the group’s past exhibitions, whose titles were: Kirimi, which means fillet or slice, Wagiri, the word used for round slice and Sanmaioroshi, filleting fish.

This time the exhibition references a word of possible Portuguese origins— tempura. Têmporas is the name of the three-day periods at the beginning of each liturgical season once prescribed by the Catholic church, when people of faith should abstain from eating meat. It is thought that the 16th century Portuguese missionaries who visited Japan would cook a typical Portuguese dish “peixinhos da horta” (batter coated and deep-fried green beans) during these religious periods. Today, however, this period is no longer marked by the Church and most Portuguese people only know the word “têmporas” as referring to the body part temples.

Exhibited artists

Kanji Hasegawa

Toru Ishii

Kazuma Koike

Takahiro Komuro

Taketo Masui

Taku Obata

Ryuichi Ohira

piczo

Shuhei Yamada

Exhibited artworks

Ryuichi Ohira • Blue Pineapple with Dolphin • 2022

Ryuichi Ohira • Blue Pineapple with Limousine • 2022

Takahiro Komuro • Crystal prison black • 2021

Kanji Hasegawa • Koka Kola #5 • 2022

Kanji Hasegawa • idol #2 • 2022

Taketo Masui • 1day • 2021

Taketo Masui • happying • 2021

Kazuma Koike • BC211216 • 2021

Kazuma Koike • BC211225 • 2021

Toru Ishii • FALLEN LEAVES #07 • 2019

Toru Ishii • NOON WALER_MAN 01 • 2022

Shuhei Yamada • Service • 2021

Shuhei Yamada • Cow • 2021

Taku Obata • Molding • 2022

Taku Obata • Carving • 2022

Taku Obata • Burning Silver • 2022

piczo • 0624AmaneTaniguchiK9 • 2021

piczo • 1130LianKosterK92021

Shozo Michikawa

Solo Exhibition

Shozo Michikawa

Exhibition

12.07.2022 — 03.09.2022

ARTSY

Sokyo Lisbon is pleased to present Shozo Michikawa’s first solo exhibition in Portugal.

 

Having more than 40 years of experience working with ceramics, Michikawa is one of the most acclaimed Japanese artists internationally. In his self-titled solo exhibition, Shozo Michikawa, the artist brings 15 artworks through which he invites the visitor to an energetic, dynamic and poetic journey to Japanese tradition and to his own life’s path and experience. It is an invitation to discover the artist’s exceptional and unconventional skills on the potter’s wheel, and to enjoy carefully selected glazes that best bring out the nature of each piece, from the snowy scenery of Kohiki glaze, to the volcanic ash appearance of the natural ash and charcoal firing. Each ceramic sculpture tells the story of itself and all the visitor has to do is find it.

Exhibited artists

Exhibited artworks

Sculptural Form Natural Ash Black • 2021

Sculptural Form Kohiki • 2021

Sculptural Form Natural Ash Black • 2021

Sculptural Form Kohiki • 2021

Sculptural Form Kohiki • 2021

Sculptural Form Kohiki • 2021

Sculptural Form Natural Ash Black • 2022

Sculptural Form Tanmka with Silver • 2022

Sculptural Form Natural Ash • 2018

Sculptural Form Natural Ash Black • 2021

Sculptural Form Kohiki • 2022

Sculptural Form Kohiki • 2021

Sculptural Form Natural Ash Black • 2022

Sculptural Form Natural Ash Black • 2022

Sculptural Form Natural Ash • 2021

Materials of the Earth

Group Exhibition

Osamu Kojima
Luke Fuller
Shozo Michikawa

Exhibition

11.05.2022 — 25.06.2022

ARTSY

Natural materials take central stage in Sokyo Lisbon's new exhibition as we show works by Osamu KOJIMA, Luke FULLER and Shozo MICHIKAWA. The three artists highlight the natural origins of ceramics through their techniques and inspiration. The strength of elemental materials is embraced in remarkably powerful pieces.

The relationship of people with clay is an ancient one. Because clay is widely found in nature we have been using it since prehistory to produce tools that help us in our daily lives, or simply to create aesthetic forms that endlessly please or spiritually inspire us. Clay is an honorable material that has allowed human societies to advance and to extend their creativity. The shapes and colors we have given clay are so rich and diverse that we often forget how organic are the processes involving mountain formation, water, erosion, rocks, and sand. “Materials of the Earth” brings together three unique and very different artists to celebrate their connections to the elemental features of ceramic artworks.

Exhibited artists

Exhibited artworks

19-08 • 2019

Blue 15-03 • 2015

Nostalgia 19-TWs02 • 2019

Blue 17-03 • 2017

Sculptural Form Kohiki • 2018

Sculptural Form Natural Ash • 2018

Sculptural Form Natural Ash • 2018

Sculptural Form Shino • 2018

Sculptural Form Tanka with Striation

Sculptural Form • 2018

Mafic • 2022

Fissure • 2022

Felsic • 2022

Basin • 2022

Pore • 2022

Vessel or Not?

Group Exhibition

Ichikawa Toru
Kimura Moriyasu
Matsui Toshio
Matsumura Jun
Michikawa Shozo

Exhibition

23.02.2022 — 02.04.2022

ARTSY

Sokyo Lisbon presents its new group exhibition, Vessel or Not?, an intimate gathering of five Japanese ceramists sharing the same space and harmoniously exploring the same material with their different approaches.
Ceramic artworks frequently float in between functional and sculptural concepts. If, on one side, we have objects created to be used with a particular function, on the other we have pieces which value is mostly aesthetic and symbolic. But is there a line that separates both environments? Can an artist work in both universes? Can we find features from both concepts in one artwork? How do we separate one from another? The exhibition features five artists with the purpose of bringing up that duality and inviting the viewer to reflect on this matter.

Exhibited artists

Exhibited artworks

Au.Pt • 2017

N/A • N/A

N/A • N/A

Au. Pt • N/A

Temmoku Andromeda • 2019

Tenmoku Andromeda • 2019

Tenmoku Andromeda • 2019

Tenmoku Sky Chawan • 2019

Kazan Tenmoku Chawan • 2019

Tenmoku Sky Chawan • 2019

Tenmoku Cosmos • 2019

girasole • 2017

Kumihama • 2018

Kumihama • 2018

Kumihama • 2018

Kumihama • 2018

Sinking Fish • 2019

N/A • N/A

Shifting Qualia • 2020

Sculptural Form Kohiki Mizusashi • 2019

Sculptural Form Kohiki Pot • 2019

Transfiguration

Group Exhibition

Aya Mori
Fuku Fukumoto
Joe Isanako
Miki Komatsu

Exhibition

10.12.2021 — 20.01.2022

ARTSY

The metamorphic qualities of clay and glass converge in this exhibition through the work
of four artists. Transfiguration, the act of changing from one state into another, from soft
to hard, matte to glistening, transparency to opaqueness places these permutations into
evidence and are a reflection of the creative spirits behind each work.
Between them they conceive objects that are materialized through their exquisite control
of technique, harnessing and extracting from the medium its most formidable and gentle
features.

Exhibited artists

Exhibited artworks

Kazuhito Kawai — Riding for a Fall
Solo Exhibition

Opening
19.10.2021, 4pm — 8pm
at Sokyo Lisbon Gallery

Exhibition
20.10.2021 — 04.12.2021
ARTSY

Sokyo Lisbon is delighted to introduce Kazuhito Kawai, one of the most praised emerging artists working in Japan.

Riding for a Fall is Kazuhito Kawai first solo exhibition with Sokyo Lisbon. Using a distinctive approach to ceramic, Kawai’s sculptures emerge like castles or vessels in which the extreme glaze overflows with nostalgic expression that holds and traps the artist’s emotions and concepts.

Exhibited artists

Exhibited artworks

Donatella • 2020

Masafumi Sanai and Seven Stars • 2020

no name • 2020

It's a small world • 2021

White, ca. • 2021

I mall • 2019

hitomi yaida • 2018

Aliens • 2021

2020 • 2021

Yoon Heechang — Rivers
Solo Exhibition

Opening
30.06.2021, 1pm — 8pm
at Sokyo Lisbon Gallery

Exhibition
01.07.2021 — 25.09.2021
ARTSY

Sokyo Lisbon is delighted to present Yoon Heechang's first ever solo presentation in Europe. Rivers is a two-part exhibition introducing the artist’s seminal sand river paintings.

Paying particular attention to the environment that surrounds us – both physical and metaphysical – his works are deeply connected to landscape: “representing the land by the land itself”.

The exhibition Rivers introduces his work through a series of paintings made with sand collected along the Kamogawa River and the Seine, including an eight-minute video accompanying the artist work process between the Kamogawa's riverbed environs Kyoto and at the studio at Tama Art University in Tokyo.

Exhibited artists

Exhibited artworks

Kamogawa River #1324 #1325 #1326 • 2018

Sand River Work – The Seine #1406 • 2019

Kamogawa River #1329 • 2018

Sand River Work – The Seine #1407 • 2019

Sand River Work Digital Video • 2018

Japanese Blue

Group Exhibition

Opening
07 — 09.04.2021

at Sokyo Lisbon Gallery

Exhibition
07.04.2021 — 12.06.2021
ARTSY

Sokyo Lisbon is pleased to host a group exhibition, Japanese Blue, showing six Japanese contemporary artists and a selection of 15 artworks in which the blue pigment, representative of both Japanese and Portuguese ceramic expression for decades, is the leading feature.
This exhibition, the second held at Sokyo Lisbon, offers an extraordinary selection of six artists: Hashimoto Machiko, Hoshino Satoru, Kishi Eiko, Kojima Osamu, Kosaka Mio and Nakashima Harumi.

Exhibited artists

Exhibited artworks

Seasons • 2017

- Seasons - Dance • 2019

Blue 17-03 • 2017

Purple 19-06 • 2019

Blue 11-02 • 2011

Blue 15-03 • 2015

Tide • 2020

Shisho wo tsumu • 2016

Nougata • 2011

Sansuiki-Spring Snow 19-01 • 2019

Sansuiki-Spring Snow 19-03 • 2019

Sansuiki-Spring Snow 19-S4 • 2019

Sansuiki-Spring Snow 19-S2 • 2019

Sansuiki-Spring Snow 16-B12 • 2019

A Disclosing Form 1609 • 2016