In our daily lives, there is a plethora of “art,” including not only man-made artworks, but also living creatures in nature, city-scapes, our ways of living and thinking, the architecture we observe, languages we use, and so on. The list of what is considered “art” is without limitation.
Among the endless variety of “art,” the PET bottles and rusted screws, which are always around us, but scarcely come to our attention, began to interest me and enticed me to represent them in my art, apart from their original utilization, only by changing their materials to porcelain. I usually work in traditional handicrafts, and in doing so, I endeavor to create my art from the view point of a craftsman.
The works by FUJINO Takanori on display at this exhibition look like colored PET bottles, at first sight. However, these are ceramic bottles created to be used as small flower vases. I think they are a kind of fusions of function in artistic beauty, belonging not only to crafts, but also art. The artist comments that his works are “artworks created from a craftsman’s point of view” – i.e. “artworks based on creating craftworks.” In other words, he creates contemporary art out of ceramic works, open to utilization in various ways, including small vases. It seems that this artist displays the possibility that ceramic works could become contemporary art. Moreover, his group of works on display look to me to be questioning “what really are ceramic works?” – the essence of ceramic works.