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Aaron Scythe - It's Just Basara - 28 October - 17 November

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As the title suggests basara is what Aaron's work is all about. Basara is a Japanese aesthetic style originating from the Muromachi period (approx 1336 - 1573) that characteristically challenged traditional ideas, and was seen as extravagant and excessive, combining a showy style and exotic objects. Aaron's pieces are his own personal take on the basara aesthetic that he combines with momoyama pottery decoration. The momoyama period in Japanese culture (approx 1573 - 1615) saw a huge cultural shift as Japan began unification. Visual culture from this period became less secular and more colourful and saw the development of tea wares (objects associated with the tea ceremony). An exciting period of exuberant visual language which Aaron feeds into his basara aesthetic.

Reflecting the ceramics village tradition of making and valuing the accessible alongside the more museum style works, each piece is painstaking made and decorated and no two are ever the same. 'It's just basara' follows his sellout presentation at the Auckland Art Fair earlier this year, and sees Aaron increase the scale of his Yobitsugi style vases to their largest yet. These larger forms will be paired with suites of teapots, smaller bowl forms and more.  There really is something for everyone here.

Most works in the show incorporate Aaron's contemporary take on the yobitsugi style of kintsugi repair, this involves the use of replacement shards when repairing work. Aaron's version involves the swapping of stoneware sections for porcelain and vice versa to create his dynamic surfaces. Accompanying his ceramics will be a suite of his prints.

This will be a visually rich show so don't miss it. Aaron will be up for the opening and we will host a casual Q & A with him at 2.30pm, please join us.

For more information and enquires please contact the gallery. An e-catalogue will be available for this exhibition.

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