Tools for “Enjoyment”
Smoker that burns wood to smoke tara vine of mountain
I wanted for this exhibition to cultivate a spirit of “enjoyment”. I created these tools with this spirit in mind. I’m interested in playing with fire, with water, with plants. Playing is fun but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. A meal can be a feast if you take the time to prepare the ingredients. A cup of tea can be delicious if you prepare it slowly. A flower arrangement can be made by collecting the flowers at your feet. If you take the time and make the effort, more will come of it.
Why not take some time just to enjoy the time? Here is a distiller that collects the scented drops from plants. A smoker that burns wood to smoke food and drinks. A single-handed pot for roasting wildflowers and grains. A kneading bowl for mixing plant flour and water. A fireproof pot that makes a rattling sound. A lampshade that uses oil from plants for its light. These objects are burned and baked using wood. As I finish the vessels I imagine the ecru walls of the Ryugyu in Miyama, Kyoto, or the pure and bright white of the Cosmic Wonder in Tokyo.
We are pleased to present an exhibition of Takashi Ichikawa’s Tools for “Enjoyment”. In recent years, Ichikawa’s tools, such as tea wheels and tea ceremony utensils, have become the mainstay of his work. These tools convey the essential joys of touching the elements of nature, the richness of playing with water, plants and fire.
November 7 − November 15, 2020
*The artist will be present on November 7.
5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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noon − 6pm