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Ogata Kamio

Waves of Optical Illusion

September 10 – October 25, 2019

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface titled " Rinpa"

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface titled " Rinpa"

2019

Marbleized stoneware with transparent matte glaze

12 1/8 x 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 in.

Inv# 11054

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and spiked mouth titled "Thorn"

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and spiked mouth titled "Thorn"

2017

Marbleized stoneware with transparent matte glaze

11 5/8 x 12 1/4 x 12 in.

Inv# 11055

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) top-like sculpture with carved, ridged surface titled “Lunar Landing”

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) top-like sculpture with carved, ridged surface titled “Lunar Landing”

2017

Marbleized stoneware

10 1/8 x 10 7/8 x 7  in.

Inv# 11056

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) bowl with carved, ridged surface and mouth with spiked edges titled “Thorn”

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) bowl with carved, ridged surface and mouth with spiked edges titled “Thorn”

2018

Marbleized stoneware with transparent matte glaze

6 7/8 x 11 5/8 x 11 in.

Inv# 11057

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface titled "Rinpa"

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface titled "Rinpa"

2019

Marbleized stoneware with transparent matte glaze

10 3/8 x 10  5/8 x 10  5/8 in.

Inv# 11058

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and rolled collar titled " Abyss"

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and rolled collar titled " Abyss"

2017

Marbleized stoneware with transparent matte glaze

10  x 10  x 10 in.

Inv# 11059

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) top-like sculpture with carved, ridged surface titled “Lunar Landing”

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) top-like sculpture with carved, ridged surface titled “Lunar Landing”

2019

Marbleized stoneware

10 1/4 x 10 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.

Inv# 11060

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and recessed square mouth titled “Waves”

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and recessed square mouth titled “Waves”

2019

Marbleized stoneware with transparent matte glaze

9 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.

Inv# 11061

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Ring-shaped neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and small mouth titled “Sky”

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Ring-shaped neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and small mouth titled “Sky”

2017

Marbleized stoneware

7 1/4 x 7 7 /8 x 3 7/8 in.

Inv# 11062

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface, short spiked mouth and concentric triangular carving titled “Waves”

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface, short spiked mouth and concentric triangular carving titled “Waves”

2019

Marbleized stoneware with transparent matte glaze

7 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.

Inv# 11063

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and recessed mouth titled “Rinpa”

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface and recessed mouth titled “Rinpa”

2019

Marbleized stoneware with transparent matte glaze

9 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

Inv# 11064

SOLD

 

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) vessel with a carved, ridged surface, sloped shoulder, tapered base, short neck and small round mouth

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) vessel with a carved, ridged surface, sloped shoulder, tapered base, short neck and small round mouth

2019

Marbleized stoneware

12 1/4 x 11 5/8 x 11 5/8 in.

Inv# 11247

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Neriage (marbleized) conical vessel with carved, ridged surface and wide rolled collar titled "Abyss"

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Neriage (marbleized) conical vessel with carved, ridged surface and wide rolled collar titled "Abyss"

2019

Marbleized stoneware with transparent matte glaze

12 1/4 x 12 1/8 x 12 1/8 in.

Inv# 11248

SOLD

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949), Top-like neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface, sloped shoulder, tapered base, narrow neck and small mouth

Ogata Kamio (b. 1949)

Top-like neriage (marbleized) vessel with carved, ridged surface, sloped shoulder, tapered base, narrow neck and small mouth

2019

Marbleized stoneware

11 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

Inv# 11249

SOLD

Ogata Kamio

Press Release

Nami: Shikaku Geijutsu / Waves of Optical Illusion: Ogata Kamio
September 10 - October 25, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The unique and optically stunning marbleized ceramics of Ogata Kamio (b. 1949) have earned this Hokkaidō artist memberships in two craft societies in Japan and entry into numerous international exhibitions, despite his rural birthplace. Joan B Mirviss LTD is excited to present this master ceramist's first solo exhibition outside Japan, Nami: Shikaku Geijutsu / Waves of Optical Illusion: Ogata Kamio, from September 10 to October 25, 2019.

Ogata Kamio is a self-taught artist who specializes in the extremely arduous art of neriage, or marbeleized clay. His mesmerizing vessels are what Louise Nicholson of Apollo magazine, compares to "a Fortuny creation in clay." He carefully assembles hundreds of paper-thin layers of gradated colored clay, from which he throws a ceramic with striated-linear surface patterns. To heighten the resemblance to waves, he then softly carves and pleats the surface, often on a diagonal, choosing a range of blue, gray, and white-toned clays for each paper-thin layer. The resulting vessels appear to have rivers flowing beneath and through their surfaces. Overhead lighting further enhances this optical and often vertiginous effect for the viewer.

Why choose to focus on waves? For Ogata the waves symbolize the instability of contemporary society. As he states:

I try to express the spirit of our era, the gap between our physical and emotional selves, and how our daily lives are without focus. For me, this gap produces feelings of uncertainty and dizziness.

Ogata Kamio, was born and raised in rural Hokkaidō without any formal ceramic training or connections. He was drawn to ancient Chinese neriage (marbleized) clay vessels to the Tang period and after teaching himself the necessary techniques, he went on to teach pottery at the Shinshinozu Institute for the Handicapped. The Japanese clay world took notice after he won the Judge's special prize at the Mashiko Ceramic Exhibition in 2000 twice and the East Japan Area Prize at the 45th Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts New Works Competition.

Since gaining recognition, Ogata has exhibited extensively throughout Japan, participating in major shows in Tokyo, and at the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum. He has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions in North America, most recently at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto Canada. Additionally, Ogata's optically hypnotic vessels now reside in the permanent collections of eight major American museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Nami; Shikaku Geijutsu / Waves of Optical Illusion: Ogata Kamio opening September 10, 2019 at Joan B Mirviss LTD marks the artist's first USA solo exhibition. The exhibition will run through October 25, 2019 during regular gallery hours: Mon – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm.