We first saw Otani Workshop's work while in Japan checking out the ceramic shows that Takashi Murakami was curating in his own gallery spaces, and also got a chance to see Otani's work as they made their way over to Blum & Poe's Los Angeles and NYC spaces this past year. From the B&P press release, we note that "Otani Workshop is also based in Shigaraki — one of the great centers of Japanese ceramics for the last 800 years. In addition to clay, Otani works with wood, iron, and other materials. His small jars, vases, and other sculptural forms depicting figures and faces are characteristic of the many styles and motifs found throughout Japanese culture."
We are excited that Takashi included their work in the "Juxtapoz x Superflat" exhibtion.
Artists selected to appear in the show by Murakami include: Chiho Aoshima, Urs Fischer, Kazunori Hamana, James Jean, Kim Jung Gi, JH Kagaku, Friedrich Kunath, Takashi Murakami, Kazumi Nakamura, Otani Workshop, Mark Ryden, David Shrigley, Katsuya Terada, a selection from Toilet Paper Magazine, Yuji Ueda, He Xiang Yu, and Zoer & Velvet. Artists selected by Pricco include Trenton Doyle Hancock, Todd James, Austin Lee, Rebecca Morgan, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Paco Pomet, Parra, Christian Rex van Minnen. Erin M. Riley, Devin Troy Strother, Sage Vaughn, and Ben Venom.
Pivot Art & Culture
August 4—7, 2016
609 Westlake Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Ground floor of the Allen Institute building on Westlake between Mercer and Broad in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle