Gallery 38, Tokyo, (SP8)
For Spotlight, Gallery 38 presents a solo presentation by Eiji Uematsu, who creates works with clay. The presentation will feature 10 -15 works produced between 1980 to 2000, including his early installation pieces. Frieze New York marks Uematsu’s first solo exhibition outside Japan.
Uematsu describes his practice as involving, prior to any sort of creative expression, a reckoning with the clay itself. It is an internal process, not of creating something based on a certain theme, but of feeling something when he touches clay dug out of the soil – the most primordial material for all terrestrial life forms – tapping wellsprings of creativity in what he finds there, and forging a link between the conscious and the unconscious. Uematsu’s work has developed through a primal and intuitive approach that transcends the existing frameworks and methodologies of ceramics or contemporary art.