Tohru Matsuzaki: Works in Urushi Lacquer
Matsuzaki’s urushi lacquerworks consist of 400 to 500 year-old zelkova, horse chestnut or chestnut timber that has been carved, then given some 20 coats of natural urushi lacquer. Matsuzaki is unusual in that he only uses pure, Japanese urushi lacquer, which is of the highest quality and prized for its colour and sheen. His containers are reminiscent of ancient ritual utensils, finished in a primitive vermillion colouring. There are over 50 pieces in the exhibition ranging from bowls and dishes to boxes and trays.
Until 14 April at Ippodo Gallery, 521 West 26th Street, New York, NY-10001, www.ippodogallery.com