May 8 - June 27, 2015
Reception: Thursday, May 21, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
In our third ceramic exhibition at Spun Smoke we are pleased to welcome Toshiaki Noda from New York. Noda was born in 1982 in Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan, a region noted for its remarkable porcelain ceramics dating back to the 1600’s. Noda’s parents were dealers in this treasured craft, where Toshiaki grew up in an incomparable aesthetic culture, influencing his studio practice today.
Toshiaki Noda left Japan for California State University, Long Beach where he received a BFA in printmaking in 2008. His printmaking education combined with his aesthetic and technical training in Japan leant a unique vision to his practice. Unlike the smooth, consistent surface of the treasured Imari wares, Toshiaki uses the plasticity of clay to push boundaries of form, and the alchemy of glaze to explore texture. His vessels exude temporal exigence, with layers of crust, tears, cracks, gloss and color. With spontaneity and curiosity as his guide, Toshiaki’s small sculptural planes beg our examination.
In this exhibition Spun Smoke has two series of ceramics on view- larger vessels from 2012/13, along with recent small experimental forms first exhibited in New York and Milan. The two series have at their core a textural and structural adulteration suggesting nature's inevitable degradation. It's important to note the small series of ceramics - the detail, shape, glaze afforded each diminutive form in relation to their dimension.
In addition to his studio practice Noda works as a studio assistant for Jeff Koons - he lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include Milan, Italy; Yokohama, Japan; and New York.