Ohio University Southern Campus displays a series of exhibitions throughout the fall and spring semesters, between the months of August and April. The gallery features solo artist works, as well as juried exhibitions, in order to expose students and community members to a variety of art forms.
The current display highlights the unique artistic endeavors of Kaname Takada, of the School of Studio Art of the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Takada’s ceramic pieces are well-traveled. His work is represented, among others, in the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Zanesville Art Center, Lamar Dodd Art Center, Ohio Craft Museum, University of Findley, and in a ceramic mural on CCAD’s campus. His work has also exhibited in France, New Zealand, Japan, Austria, and throughout the U.S.
Artists typically glaze the surface of their work, but only about half of Takada’s work’s surfaces are glazed.
“By not glazing the entire surface, Takada explains, “I can employ two distinctively different surfaces in my work; one where glazes are layered on top of slips and the other where the glazed and unglazed surfaces are placed next to each other.”
Takada says that he uses many different styles of textured glazing that craze, crawl, blister, and more.
“With the colored slips underneath these textured glazes create interesting and stimulating surface. All these glaze characteristics are usually considered as flaws,” Takada said. “However, I find them stimulating as they add the visual and aesthetical depth to my work through the interaction between the glazes and slips that can be enjoyed both visually and tactually.”
Most art pieces are often behind glass or rope. It is considered a major taboo to touch work in any showcase. Takada believes differently, however, and welcomes people to not only view his work, but touch and feel it.
“I consider my pieces as tactile and visual objects. They can, and should, be experienced through both by sight and touch,” Takada said. “It would be my great pleasure if the viewer can enjoy and appreciate my work emotionally and physically rather than intellectually understand it. Ultimately, my work succeeds when it makes the viewer into touching and feeling it.”
The Takada exhibition will run until December 10. The next exhibition will take over January 14 and will be entitled “Paper Works.” That show will run until February 11 and will have an opening reception on January 14 at 5 p.m.
The Ohio University Southern Campus features artwork in the Dingus Technology Center in room D111 at 1804 Liberty Avenue, Ironton, Ohio. The Dingus Technology Center welcomes guests to view the artwork from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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