Kazuto Yoshikawa Exhibition "a forest in the city"

We are now showing woodworker Kazuto Yoshikawa's exhibition "a forest in the city" at CLASKA Gallery & Shop "DO".

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From wild and sumblime bowls and daily wooden tableware, to block building objets. A variety of Yoshikawa's works have gathered in our gallery space, with a pleasant smell of wood.

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Colorful objets welcome the visitors.

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Elephants and giraffes, alligators and armadillos, even smiley "gods" are proudly lined up.

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At the start, these objets were made from odds and ends of wood leftover from making normal works. Look closely, and you can find a glympse of what the original wood was used for - a small hole for making hangers, or a round edge after carving out plates. With Yoshikawa's bright and playful ideas, the odd wood has a new life now, looking cheerful in many colors.

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The elephants and giraffes were popular, and became official products. The elephant's unpainted wooden skin is so sleek and smooth, you can pet forever.

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The giraffes, same in shape but with identity in the patterns. All the objets are made of wooden building blocks, so you can of course play with the pieces.

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Wooden tableware is also shown, including the "Yugami-wan"

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"Yugami" meaning warped or distorted, the Yugami-wan uses the slight warp caused when drying the wood as a characteristic. The unique curve fits naturally with your hands. We have brown and black in stock.

Usually, there is a base in the bottom of Japanese soup bowls, but the Yugami-wan doesn't. Yoshikawa came to thought of this shape with no base, so that he could enjoy more "Tonjiru (common Japanese miso soup with pork inside) " on a cold day back in his Gifu days.

The simple round contour and somewhat modern impression fits not only miso-soup, but also western menus too.

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The color gradation is cause from the lacquer soaking, giving each and every bowl a different expression, along with the shape and size.

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Besides bowls, plates, spoons and cups are also shown. Enjoy the wooden tableware in your every meals.

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Showing a large presense are these plates and bowls, carved wildly from raw timber.

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The 2 partly decayed plates used to be part of a sacred tree in a shrine. The grain and rings, the nodes and the smell have a divine feature. "Like flowers and green you bring home, I want people to bring trees into their lives as something from the nature." Yoshikawa says.

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His message is in the title "a forest in the tree", too. Yoshikawa's works are not only functional as vessels, but also brings a breeze of the forest by just exisiting there.

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Objet-like hangers, and furniture is also displayed.The showcase and table, stool and a cabinet bench is all handmade by Yoshikawa.

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In the entrance, Yoshikawa prepared a photo space for visitors. Enjoy a shot with the with the large elephant and giraffe objet!

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Exhibition til October 9th(Holiday).

Kazuto Yoshikawa Exhibition "a forest in the city"
[Venue]CLASKA Gallery & Shop "DO" (2nd floor of CLASKA)
[Date]September 22nd(Fri), 2017 - October 9th(Mon/Holiday), 2017

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