I was so glad I made it yesterday to Cavin-Morris to see the Shozo Michikawa show which closes today. I was informed that it will be possible to view works by Michikawa after the show comes down, which is great, because seeing the wildly textured surfaces of these avant-garde Japanese ceramic forms in person was a wonderfully sensory experience. This exhibition appears to be a perfect example of the gallery’s developing interest in “Contemporary ceramics both functional and non-functional,” and particularly “the way ceramists push the envelope of traditional forms and cultures.”
Michikawa worked as production potter before busting out into his art, so it makes sense that he is clearly so skilled, and acquainted with traditional forms. Even as he squeezes, slices, twists, and plays with them, he retains both the essential quality of the form, and their distinctive Japanese spirit.
There is a lot of great information about the Shozo Michikawa’s art on http://www.cavinmorris.com, and you can even flip through a beautiful digital catalogue of the show.
More about the gallery from Cavin-Morris.com- Cavin-Morris Gallery has been exhibiting world artists for 27 years. We specialize in the work of self-taught artists
whose work is made independently of the art world canon yet participates equally on the wall or pedestal. We represent the new generation of self~ taught artists whose work remains authentic and visionary while representative of
contemporary times. We also feature important works from preceding generations of self·taught artists including Jon Serl, Bill Traylor and Emery Blagdon.
We show an eclectic selection of tribal art from all the major regions of the world focusing on the unusual and the formally surprising.
Another focus is on textiles of the world, including South East Asian costumes and textiles including tribal China, and Japanese Boros: futon covers made over a period of a hundred years from cotton patches and threads.
Our newest department is a developing interest in Contemporary ceramics both functional and non-functional. We are especially interested in the way ceramists push the envelope of traditional forms and cultures. We show Western ceramists as well as Japanese. Chinese and Korean work.
The common thread that connects all this art is its uniqueness, its integrity and authenticity, and its reAection of cultural homeground. The Contemporary artists we represent extend the continuum established by the self-taught and Tribal artists into a new and exciting multi-tiered arena.