JUN KANEKO, Untitled (Dango), 2002, Untitled (Triangle Dango), 1996, Untitled (Dango), 1992
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The Artist: Jun Kaneko is a Japanese artist born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942. During his adolescence he studied painting with Satoshi Ogawa. The following decade, Kaneko taught at some of the nation's leading art schools, including Scripps College, Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jun Kaneko’s most recognized sculptural form is the boldly glazed, monumental dango (it’s Japanese for “dumpling”). An enormous, rounded monolith, the dango presents visual pleasure and straightforward formal delight. As the distinguished philosopher and critic Arthur C. Danto has noted, “They communicate instantaneously their friendly and reconciling assurances, and wear the real world as well as the brilliant coverings that Kaneko has given them.” He has consistently followed his own path and continually experimented with the technical aspects of the ceramic medium. His enormous dango forms, which range as high as eleven feet, challenge the physical limitations of the material and the firing process. Also, in his work at the European Ceramics Work Center, he has succeeded in applying extraordinary glaze color to ceramic tile and slabs, boldly painting in a direct and graphic manner.
|(Fig. 01) Untitled, Triangle Dango, 1996, 67 x 63 x 14 inches|
|(Fig. 02) Untitled, Dango, 1992, 73.5 x 52 x 35 inches|
|(Fig. 03) Untitled, Dango, 2002, 86 x 29 x 22 inches|
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