“ Kohei Kishimoto and Koichi Matsufuji Exhibition ”

Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center, Gallery3・4・5, Aichi, Japan
March 26 [Sat] - June 19 [Sun], 2016

企画展 「岸本耕平 松藤孝一」
平成28年3月26日(土) ~ 平成28年6月19日(日)

Koichi Matsufuji was born in Nagasaki in 1973. He studied glasswork at Aichi University of Education from 1991 and after graduating he went to U.S. by the support of a Pola Art Foundation Researcher Overseas Grant. He studied sculpture at Illinois State University, School of Art from 1998 and completed his master’s in 2001. He is currently active as an artist based in Toyama.

Since the early stages of his career, Matsufuji has always been particular about the glass as a material and he continues to produce glasswork today. The surface of his most representative work, the Baby Series, is hand-finished, creating a mysterious sense of vitality. Depending on the way the light encounters his work, the glass babies are as beautiful as jewels or as sad as ghosts.

These works use the lost-wax kilncasting glass technique. First, he makes the original form of the babies in wax and then pours in refractory plaster to create a mold. Then he fills the molds with glass in the electric kiln and melts it at a high temperature of 860°C and lets it cool slowly over a number of days. He takes the glass that comes out of the kiln in his hands and carefully polishes it, and then finally his works has a soul when he inserts the babies’ eyes. After this kind of craft work, the glass baby is complete.

Matsufuji used to produce works associated with death. However, when his father died suddenly, he began to create babies which are the image of birth. The motif of the baby represents the beginning of life and are an entity that can become anything in the future. Matsufuji does not only create images of babies as life, he also makes the babies into Buddha statues or Kabuki actors adding additional aspects of human life to my works.

23 works of the Baby Series including painting on glass are on show at the Seto Ceramics and Glass Art Center in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, including 15 new works.








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