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REVIEW

  • Zoltan Alexander

nº19 / GENTA ISHIZUKA / ERSKINE HALL & COE GALLERY / LONDON

Genta Ishizuka's work, exhibited at Erskine Hall & Coe Gallery, was deeply inspired by the sculptural technique used in 7th to 8th Century Japan, applying the Urushi lacquering technic that covers the entire sculpture like a second skin.



ORGANIC URUSHI AT THE ROYAL ARCADE

"Urushi, possesses an appearance of depth that is a borderline between interior and exterior" Genta Ishizuka



 


Interviews by Zoltan Alexander with artist Genta Ishizuka and

Matthew Hall of Erskine Hall & Coe Gallery London



 


Genta Ishizuka at Erskine, Hall & Coe Gallery / © video by Zoltan Alexander ZOLTAN+MEDIA



This story could have started a few months ago on the Gion Tatsumi bridge in Kyoto, Japan, or a long time ago on a lazy afternoon at Lucie Rie's studio in London. Matthew Hall, the director of Erskine, Hall & Coe Gallery has the answer.


His gallery is situated off Bond Street, on the first floor in the magnificent Royal Arcade. The all-glass gallery flooded with natural light gives the perfect view to the arcade. Hall has a sharp eye on contemporary ceramics, long way from that 19-year-old, jobless, unqualified boy that he was back in the late 80s. Meeting Lucie Rie and her art was at the time an eye-opener revelation. Hall subsequently joined the Galerie Besson, which their artists considered as a home. When it closed down, Hall with the help of a financial backer, the astute businessman James Erskine opened a new gallery in 2011, Erskine, Hall & Coe.


The gallery currently represents artists in contemporary and 20th Century ceramics, and also looks at the interplay between ceramics and two-dimensional art exhibiting work in other media such as metal, glass, occasionally accompanied by photography. There is Lucie Rie, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Ewen Henderson as well as Shozo Michikawa, Sara Flynn, Matt Wedel, Kohyama Yasuhisa and Claudi Casanovas amongst the represented contemporary artists.