Katsuyuki Shirako Solo Exhibition “exhibition 8″


exhibition 8
Katsuyuki Shirako Solo Exhibition


2018.02.02(fri.)- 2018.03.11 (sun.)
open on fri., sat., & sun.12:00-18:00
opening reception:2018.02.02(fri.)18:00-20:00
weekday appointments are available


“My works in themselves do not possess any special intrinsic meaning.  Instead, they simply exist, incorporating within themselves random images and forms.  Tranquil and ephemeral atmosphere seems empty, but acutely moves my emotions.

Katsuyuki Shirako


Born in 1984 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan.  Katsuyuki Shirako graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts with MFA in Japanese Lacquer in 2010.

Shirako uses Japanese cypress (hinoki), oak (nara), Japanese lime tree (shina) to form sculptures onto which he applies finest pigments and lacquer.  His works are generally categorized into four series – ASSEMBLE, CONNECT, SCATTER, SCRIBBLE and JUGGLE.  (Please refer to the descriptions of each series on the next page.)  For this exhibition, Shirako challenges to create a new series (the name is not decided yet).  In the new series, he curves out a block of wood, trying to express its cut-out spaces rather than the sculpture itself.

Shirako never ceases his search for beauty, possessing his own determination in his everyday life that goes beyond the creation of the works in these series.  He attempts to crystalize his sense of beauty by using motifs from the natural world into all genres — Ceramic Arts, Lacquerware, Painting, Sculpture, Photography.  Setting all focus on the inherent, natural beauty of his works, he does not incorporate “meaning” into them.  He would rather take a neutral stance that allows beauty itself take one’s breath away.

Naomi Rowe | eN arts

Place Option
Maruyama Park, Gioncho Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
10 minute walk from Shijo Station on Keihan Line. 15 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station on Hankyu Line.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Open only during exhibition periods (from Fridays to Sundays). By appointment on other days.