Aoki Chie, 'Impact'


Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Oct. 7-June 24
Time Varies
Art, Museums

Sensuous, abstract, and shiny with the innovative possibilities inherent in the material, this exhibition, from Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Clark Collections, is the first to showcase the myriad ways in which contemporary artists are playing with lacquer. The evolution of the material’s use from traditional bowls, cups, and boxes into bold sculptural forms is in view. In addition to Aoki Chie’s hunched human form that morphs from sinuous, muscular legs to bloated, bulbous torso, the exhibition includes Kurimoto Natsuki’s car hood vibrantly inlaid with mother-of-pearl and Someya Satoshi’s mountain rising from the back of a bull. Resist the temptation to touch.