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Date: 
Friday, 20 January 2023
Opening: 
Friday, 1 December 2023 - 4:00pm

Don Soker Contemporary Art is pleased to announce “Metamorphosis of Matter” a solo exhibition of wall mounted ceramic works by the Japanese artist Shoichi Seino from January 20 – February 24. The works in the exhibition are of unusual techniques and materials: industrial ceramic carbon and white ceramic fiberboard. From the early 1970’s when he began to work as an artist in the field of ceramics, Seino’s primary interest has been the organic changes in the nature and the essential qualities of materials. In this, he is connected to the Japanese conceptual art movement of that period known as Mono-ha, or “School of Things”. For him, ceramic art is important as a means of exposing the qualities of the material, as opposed to the creation of form. During the mid-1980’s Seino began making works of ceramic graphite manufactured for industrial use, such as nuclear reactor liners or rocket nose cone covers. This graphite, actually carbon, fired at extremely high temperatures, was for Seino the ultimate aspect of metamorphosis by fire to produce an incredibly hard, stone-like artificial material. Kiln fired at temperatures of 2000F-2200F each firing results in a lesser weight. As the art writer Kenneth Baker has said about Seino’s work, “he has become interested in disappearance.” Some amount of the carbon has been transformed by sublimation. These works are simultaneously very primitive as well as futuristic, even otherworldly. Seino studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and lives in Nagoya, Japan. This is his 10th exhibition at Don Soker Contemporary Art. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, January 20th from 4-6 pm.

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Don Soker Contemporary Art is pleased to announce “Metamorphosis of Matter” a solo exhibition of wall mounted ceramic works by the Japanese artist Shoichi Seino from January 20 – February 24. The works in the exhibition are of unusual techniques and materials: industrial ceramic carbon and white ceramic fiberboard. From the early 1970’s when he began to work as an artist in the field of ceramics, Seino’s primary interest has been the organic changes in the nature and the essential qualities of materials. In this, he is connected to the Japanese conceptual art movement of that period known as Mono-ha, or “School of Things”. For him, ceramic art is important as a means of exposing the qualities of the material, as opposed to the creation of form. During the mid-1980’s Seino began making works of ceramic graphite manufactured for industrial use, such as nuclear reactor liners or rocket nose cone covers. This graphite, actually carbon, fired at extremely high temperatures, was for Seino the ultimate aspect of metamorphosis by fire to produce an incredibly hard, stone-like artificial material. Kiln fired at temperatures of 2000F-2200F each firing results in a lesser weight. As the art writer Kenneth Baker has said about Seino’s work, “he has become interested in disappearance.” Some amount of the carbon has been transformed by sublimation. These works are simultaneously very primitive as well as futuristic, even otherworldly. Seino studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and lives in Nagoya, Japan. This is his 10th exhibition at Don Soker Contemporary Art. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, January 20th from 4-6 pm.

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 My techniques in creating my works

 

Carbon is converted from solid to gas by heat.

Carbon( more than 99% carbon, rest of them are other elements) gradually sublimes 

from 800 degrees Celsius  and eventually disappears.

I use end materials of industrial carbon. I do a little work on them and burn them in the

kiln to make them art works.

When burning, I use the refractory material called pottery self. There may be traces of 

burned objects on shelves. They look like shadows.

The phenomenon is very interesting to me, so I tried to reflect this phenomenon on the white ceramic boards.

I glued two pieces of carbon and placed the mass on a white ceramic board.

They are my works for this exhibition. 

 

 

My work visualizes the transformation of matter through firing, the presence of materials that once existed and the sublimation to gases.

If possible I want to sell my works as a set ( one white work with 2 carbon) , or  I can sell them separately, but as for carbon, they should be sold as a pair.

# materials of white work

Aluminum oxide ,silica ( artificial mineral fiber)

 The white board is made with these two materials .

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2180 Bryant Street, Ste. 205 (cor. 20th) San Francisco CA

Don Soker Contemporary Art , San Francisco

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