Nakashima has been a pupil of the famed Sodeisha Movement in Japanese ceramics from the very beginning. The movement, founded in 1948 as a reaction against the functionality, calmness, and folk-driven Mingei Movement, was meant to liberate the medium from the tradition of Japanese ceramics. As a student at the Osaka University of Arts Design, he was exposed to Sodeisha for the first time, and that has come to shape his entire creative career. Inspired by its call for non-functional forms, and for conversations with the international art movements, Nakashima developed a language that gives a tremendous respect to the plasticity and sensuality of material. He is a recipient of endless awards, and his work can be found in permanent collections of museums and public institutions worldwide.
Through 35 pieces included in the show, representing the various chapters in Nakashima's career, we learn that he studied under legendary clay artist Kumakura Junkichi (1920-85), and that in 2002, while in a residency in the Netherlands, began working with porcelain and immediately gained his signature style.
The exhibition 'Harumi Nakashima: A Survey of the last 50 Years,' will be open through November 21, 2020. All images courtesy Sokyo Gallery. Above one of the two recent pieces, 2020, Porcelain, H14.7 × W23.6 × D12 in. For catalogue and fact sheet.