Here/Now: Contemporary Narrative and Form in the Yunomi
Here/Now: Contemporary Narrative and Form in the Yunomi is a ceramic invitational, which will consist of a small group of ceramic artists. Each individual has been asked to construct a series of yunomi, which translates from Japanese into ‘hot water drink.’ Within the confines of functional intention, the yunomi is the ultimate drinking vessel. The cylinder, being the root structure of most ceramic objects, lead to the yunomi, which can be playful and quickly made. The yunomi is a foundational form for most makers, inviting many options, directions, and intent. This exhibition broadens the opportunity for the maker to bring narrative, social political, economic, or environmental concern to the conversation.
This exhibition will examine how the yunomi can be read as a loaded traditional object. Using the platform of the yunomi, this exhibition seeks to explore the historical ideal of the humble anonymous Japanese potter as it translates into American idealism of self-experience. The tension of this dichotomy makes for a compelling conversation where makers can bring contemporary issues and ideas to the table and where the yunomi insists on a casual egalitarianism among its makers. We have assembled, in the spirit of the yunomi, a range of contemporary vessel makers who are dedicated to rethinking traditional ideas. Redefining and interpreting the significance of the yunomi begins a 21st century dialog regarding the modern family, union, equality, identity, and perhaps, personal journey.
Guest curators: Nikki Lewis and Katie Queen