Keiko Masumoto "Kitsch Kogei"

Dates: 5 – 31 March 2012
Private View: 3 March 17:00-19:00pm (RSVP needed)
Hours: Mon–Fri 12:00 - 18:00 / Sat 12:00 - 17:00 pm

For a long time in Japanese applied arts, the ideas towards "art" and "craft" have been kept separate. However there are some artists who break the mold, and ICN Gallery is pleased to present one of them, Keiko Masumoto. Using high ceramic craftsmanship, her works include everyday Japanese items such as decorative plates, vases, and tea ceremony instruments. But she breaks the relationship between utilitarian and decorative objects by combining these items and traditional motifs with dynamic shapes, creating a humorous take on Japanese traditions and culture. A new generation artist seeking to escape outdated conventions, Masumoto erases the lines between craft and art by showcasing the beauty of useful things.

Keiko Masumoto (b. 1982; Hyogo, Japan)
Ceramic artist

After completing both undergraduate and graduate ceramic programs at Kyoto City University in 2007, Masumoto was an instructor at ceramic studio Fumosha in Kyoto for three years. From 2010 she has been an artist-in-residence at the University of Arts (Philadelphia, USA).
Artist Profile

Press Release
English (PDF: 300kb)