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田中哲也 Tetsuya Tanaka

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I am trying approach to contemporary art from ceramic art. We as a potter, make vessels. I am making vessels for invisible or things without shapes and volume. For example, vessel for sounds, vessel for time, vessel for light or rays.
響器 HIBIKI is vessel for sounds. If make sound or say something into HIBIKI, You can hear echo from HIBIKI. You can talk to someone with a little voice between the two ends of HIBIKI also. I added concept as a communication between work and visitor.
輝器 KAGAYAKI is vessel of lights or rays. I made KAGAYAKI body by trancelusent clay. This clay has been developed at Industrial Research Center of Shiga Prefecture in 2009. I fired fluorescent material on KAGAYAKI inner. I illuminated it with ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light is invisible light rays. I rebirth it to visible light rays in KAGAYAKI. I used electric power made from solar panel. I mean sunshine rebirth to Ultraviolet rays and finally it rebirth to visible light by my work. I made this work after 3.11 2011 FUKUSHIMA. I hope that the light made by this process purify the soul of the peoples for requiem.
景器 KAGEKI is vessel for a view. I made and install this concept work in Gimhae South Korea last year. I made 8 ceramic pieces and combine it by bolt and nut to circle shape. You can see beautiful view or landscape through my work. I will continue this concept. I hope will make and install works in over the world. I hope never changing beautiful and peaceful view or landscape that we can see through my works.


2019 田中哲也展 企画 綻堂蒔光 台北・台湾
2013 神戸ビエンナーレ
2012 越後妻有アートトリエンナーレ
2009 田中哲也‐ノスタルジックな近未来の情景 企画 滋賀県立陶芸の森
2019 Clayarch Gimhae Museum(韓国)
2018 富平陶芸村(中国)、EKWCヨーロッパセラミックワークセンター(オランダ)、滋賀県立陶芸の森
2017 新北市立鶯歌陶磁博物館(台湾)
2015 Clay Studio(米国)
2016 秀明文化基金賞
2016 台湾国際陶磁ビエンナーレ優選
2015 京畿世界陶磁ビエンナーレ(韓国)佳作
2007 平和堂財団芸術奨励賞
2005 9th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Art Competition 優勝
IAC International Academy of Ceramics国際陶芸アカデミー会員
2019 Tetsuya Tanaka Solo Exhibition, Gallery life seeding, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale Thematic exhibition in Yeoju Pray:
Cherishing Life, Yeoju World Livingware Gallery, Gyeonggi, South Korea
2012 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012, Nigata Japan
2009 Solo Exhibition TANAKA Tetsuya-The Scene of Nostalgic Near Future, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Shiga, Japan
2019 Clayarch Gimhae Museum international Summer Workshop 2019, South Korea
2018 Guest Artist Residency, EKWC [European Ceramic Work Center], The Netherlands
2017 Guest Artist Residency, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan
Guest Artist Residency, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2016 27th Shumei Cultural Foundation prize
Merit Prize, 2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale International Competition
2015 Honorable Mention, 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale International Competition
Member of IAC, International Academy of Ceramics
Lecturer of Nagoya University of Arts, Lecturer of Kyoto University of Art and Design