CHARLIE DUTTON GALLERY

1a Princeton Street, London WC1R 4AX

www.charlieduttongallery.com

 

 

'AETHER'

17th -26th November 2011

Private View Wednesday 16th November

 


THE AETHER presents new works by Japanese artists and designers, and in doing so aims to emphasise their ability in their chosen field and the importance of the relationship between art and design, technological innovation and traditional craftsmanship. These elements are neither a union nor a whole. However, we believe that between those elements there are precious gaps to express challenging thoughts and unlimited brightness interactively through our works. Moreover, we from Japan were harmed by a huge calamity (11th March, 2011), an event that importantly led us to rethink our use of natural resources and to develop the idea of adapting to limited natural resources. This exhibit centres around how new ways of creativity can work together and continue to challenge our understanding of twenty-first century art and design.
We see this exhibit as providing a huge opportunity in renewing interest in the interaction between art and design in the abilities of emerging artists and designers and to reconsider how important natural resources are. Nestled in between, moments of uniqueness and extraordinariness can be seen in this exhibit to stimulate the viewer’s curiosity and imagination. Strength in synergy, and a unity of individuality.

We believe that this exhibition will provide possibilities to open up a new vista of the future for relations between Japan and the UK, and to prove that young artists and designers can do something for future generations by using their thought to create powerful links between art and design, technological innovation and traditional craftsmanship.

Todays economic climate means we (young artists, designers) have incredible difficulties to get a relevant job in our chosen field after graduating from university, so ultimately we are obliged to get job outside of our speciality, thus limiting our potential for modern society. Because all fields are badly hit by the depression, it led to conform our uniqueness and unlimited ability as human beings, creating a disconnection from nature. As a result, people are deeply relying on modern technology and forgetting how important natural resources are. These tendencies have a huge impact, especially on a country such as Japan. After an enormous calamity, as a society we realised the importance of inheritance again and how strong an impact nature has. In Japan, because of depression and the influence of natural disaster, people lose tradition from generation to generation which lessens the chance to connect with nature, to cherish inheritance. We hope that after presenting our exhibition, people will be able to realise how wonderful nature is, and through a combination of technological innovation and traditional craftsmanship we will empower the unlimited ability of the young artist and designer. Together, we can open up new ways of awareness to encourage something inside all of us.

 

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CHARLIE DUTTON GALLERY

1a Princeton Street, London WC1R 4AX