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Evoking Organic Growth, Toru Kurokawa’s Ceramic Sculptures Stretch and Swell into Abstract Forms

January 17, 2023

Grace Ebert

A photo of a ceramic sculpture with pockets of negative space

“Visceral vision.” All images © Tour Kurokawa, shared with permission

The natural growth process, which begins with the replication of a single cell and eventually produces bodily systems and lifeforms, informs the practice of artist Toru Kurokawa (previously). Based in Kyoto, Kurokawa transforms amorphous hunks of clay into organic sculptures that bow and bend. The malleable material stretches to reveal pockets of negative space or to generate undulating edges, and once fired, the works appear to freeze those movements. “I would like to create a space that fuses the two things, existence and non-existence,” the artist tells Colossal. “I am conscious of that connection.” Glazed in textured, neutral tones, the resulting forms are abstract and biological, conveying the tension and strength of change.

Kurokawa is currently considering how mathematics and physics can influence the geometries of the works, and you can follow that progress on Instagram.

A photo of a ceramic sculpture with pockets of negative space

“Earth pot”

A photo of a ceramic sculpture with pockets of negative space

“Aggregate β”

A photo of a ceramic sculpture with pockets of negative space

“Holosroidea”

A photo of a ceramic sculpture with pockets of negative space

“Black garden”

A photo of a ceramic sculpture with pockets of negative space

“Threshold”

A photo of a ceramic sculpture with pockets of negative space

“Aire”

A photo of a ceramic sculpture with pockets of negative space

“Protocell J”

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