NEUTRA VDL by Shio Kusaka

日本人アーティスト、シオ・クサカ(日下翅央 / Shio Kusaka)の作品集。本書は、2020年にカリフォルニア州ロサンゼルス、シルバーレイク地区にあるリチャード・ノイトラ(Richard Neutra)の歴史的建造物「VDLリサーチハウス(V.D.L. Research house)」で開催された展覧会に伴い刊行、展示はキュレーターであるダグラス・フォーグル(Douglas Fogle)とハネケ・スケラート(Hanneke Skerath)によって企画された。



This catalogue was published alongside Shio Kusaka’s 2020 exhibition at the historic Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Douglas Fogle and Hanneke Skerath. Responding to the unique architectural environment of Richard Neutra’s Los Angeles home and workspace, Kusaka quietly populated this iconic example of domestic mid-century modernism with her signature idiosyncratic ceramic vessels, small sculptures of animals, a new set of dinnerware and hand-crafted textile designs. Living and working in Los Angeles for the better part of the past two decades, Kusaka has spent her career subtly subverting the world of ceramics within the field of contemporary art. Enthusiastically embracing imperfections and irregularity in her ceramic-based works, Kusaka has approached her practice with a playful openness that is at once modest yet laced with wry humor.

Kusaka’s work, with its exquisite attention to the irregular and embrace of the fallibility of the human hand, is an incredible match for the architecture of Richard Neutra who preached about the therapeutic qualities of modern architecture from a psychological and environmental point of view. In different but related ways, both artist and architect embrace the fragility of the human condition and the power of objects to make our lives more joyful. Although mute, her pots and other interventions generate a kind of silent indistinct chatter that harkens back to the heyday of Neutra’s VDL house when it played host to a wide array of artists, architects, writers, filmmakers and musicians.

With a text by Douglas Fogle and Hanneke Skerath. Designed by Purtill Family Business.

by Shio Kusaka

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48 pages
241 x 330 mm
color, black and white

published by BLUM