TOYOUMI Kenta Solo Exhibition- Phantom Banquet – Passing on the Core Bone of Urushi-

TOYOUMI Kenta Solo Exhibition- Phantom Banquet – Passing on the Core Bone of Urushi-

Period :
November 29th(Sat) through December 18th(Fri)

Artist present in gallery:
November 28th & 29th
December 5th,6th,12th,13th &18th

1988 Born in Osaka
2018 MFA from Kanazawa College of Arts, Graduate School of Arts and Crafts,
Ph.D. in the field of lacquerware
2018 - 2020 Full-time Lecturer at Koubun Gakuen Girls’ High School, Art Course
2020 - Specialist at Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo
2015 Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program Scholarship
2016 Japanese Arts and Culture Scholarship
2017 Sato International Cultural Scholarship Foundation 27th Annual Scholarship

2017 Tobe Maki Foundation Scholarship


Urushi, as I believe, has "inheritance" immanent in itself. I would like to make this exhibition an opportunity to reconsider the "inheritance" within Urushi, apart from simply succeeding the traditional culture and techniques.
The history of Urushi dates back to Jomon period and continues still nowadays.
Having been passed down and transmitted over generations, shouldn’t this latent feature of the Urushi be called “hereditary”?
At considering its “hereditary”feature, let me refer to the term “generativity”,
which the psychologist Erikson introduced in his theory of psychological development of human beings.
“Generativity” is a word coined by Erikson. He divides human development into eight stages, and this generativity is the seventh stage. It is the stage where a person enters adulthood and produces various things, including childbirth and hence very often been expressed as”reproduction” stage.
Today, the concept of "generativity" does not refer only to reproduction, but is widely used as “succession over generations” or “ generational” with the concept of raising and caring for the next generation.
Since Urushi is a natural sap, people tend to conceptualize “vitality” in it.  I myself, however, have long been feeling somewhat uneasy about the expression.  The compositional concept of “natural sap = vitality" reminds me of something like a scary fanatical animism believer.
Whether Urushi is a natural sap or not, I would say, it could be nothing more than an element and none a fundamental absoluteness.
However, I can't deny that in the process of making and working with Urushi, one feels in some way or other a sense of vitality. What, then, is the factor of this vague sense of vitality?
Based on the aforementioned concept of generativity, it seems to me that the chain of "reproduction" and “inheritance" transmitted from generation to generation from the Jomon period to the present day, could be the factor that bounds up with the "vitality" one senses in Urushi.  Urushi may be a sort of an existence that imposes human beings a sense of mission to "transmit" the Urushi and it keeps working on human beings for its self-survival.

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