For her second exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, Los Angles based ceramic artist Shio
Kusaka will present 127 porcelain and stoneware pots. Kusaka models ceramic vessels of which no two are
the same. Their shapes are simple and usually bottom-heavy or columnar. A choice of palette is enlivened
with surface textures, patterned markings and colored lines. Though they look utilitarian, this is not why they
are made. It is clear that formal considerations are paramount for Kusaka and that there is an exploration
through the ceramic medium of these formal concerns. As Roberta Smith stated in her 2011 review in the
New York Times “If the Minimalist painter Agnes Martin had been a potter, she might have made vessels
Concurrent with our exhibition, Shio will present new works in a two person exhibition with Jonas Wood at
Glen Horowitz Booksellers in East Hampton, NY
Shio Kusaka has had solo exhibitions at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2012); greengrassi, London (2011);
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI (2009); Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL (2009); and Tortoise,
Venice, CA (2005). Notable group exhibitions include Paul Clay, Salon 94, New York, NY (2011); Dwelling,
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (2011); Banquet of the Jackal, The Harriet and Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles, CA (2011); Not Extractions, but Abstractions
(Part 2), Clifton Benevento, New York, NY (2010); Multiple Pleasures: Functional Objects in Contemporary
Art, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY (2010); Not Extractions, but Abstractions, Karma International,
Zurich, Switzerland (2010); Objects, Furniture & Patterns, Art Since the Summer of ’69, New York, NY
(2009), FAITH, Champion Fine Art, Culver City, CA (2004); and164 ½ Group Show, Los Angeles, CA
The exhibition will open on Thursday, May 23, and run through Saturday, June 22, 2013.
The gallery is open Tuesday
through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm.
For further information and images, please contact the gallery at (t) 212.367.9663, (f)
212.367.8135 or email: email@example.com.