GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA, PURCHASED 2012 – TAASA Review June 2014
Yoshikawa frequently spoke of the creation of ceramics as a ceremony, a rite in the life of the ceramic artist.
The philosophy of Zen, and its poetic symbolism imbued in ceramics used traditionally for tea ceremony, is manifested in the political statement of â€˜freedom of artâ€™ expressed in the contemporary world of the avante garde.
The power of art, of avante garde ceramics in Japan, as both subversion and regeneration of tradition, was perfectly embodied in this Triennale with its theme, â€˜Subversive Clayâ€™, where ceramicists from Asia and globally presented contemporary works from a range of cultural sources. Yoshikawa urged participants to â€œcreate without preconceptionâ€ â€“ a creative maxim I have heard applied to the choreography of the avante garde Japanese dance world of buto...