bio

 

Born 1982, Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan

Lives and works in New York City

 

Education

2001  Ceramic Program, Arita Technical High School, Japan

2008  BFA in Printmaking, California State University, Long Beach, CA

2010-2014  Associate Artist at Brick house ceramic art center, Long Island City, NY

2015-present  Studio Member at Sculpture Space NYC, Long Island City, NY

2008-2016  Studio Assistant at Jeff Koons Studio, New York, NY

 

I have been primarily working on ceramics since I realized the potential of the medium. It is a suitable medium for me to reflect the transitions which all the objects and creatures on earth have undergone. All things surrounding us, regardless of the presence or absence of human intervention, are continuously undergoing small changes at every second: construction and creation, transformation, and division and destruction. Changes occur by through the accumulation of multiple incidental factors over time, which suggests conceptual associations with clay that has formed over time in a stratum of the earth and then was dug up to become a glazed art piece in a kiln. I invariably get my inspiration from visual changes of things caused by both natural and unnatural events over time such as layers in canyons accumulated and exposed over many years, weathered abandoned buildings, re-pasted and faded advertisement posters on city walls, a squashed can in a road, layered paints peeling off of a wall, and so on. These visual elements grab my attention because I am intrigued by the stories behind those physical changes. The quotidian objects have inadvertently become mysterious looking things with peculiar textures and compositions. These visual encounters influence my aesthetic sense and main concept.

One of the essential aspects of my work is to deal with the presence and absence of people. I try to achieve this by making sculptures based off of objects that are parts of our every day lives. I take forms of those familiar man-made objects and I also abstract those forms from time to time until they become hard to be recognized. I try to make sculptural objects that give a feeling of abandoned. I want those sculptures to exhibit aesthetics in decay and deformation and to give off a sense of sadness and nostalgia as well as a sense of hope.

Also my work deals with the intersection of materiality, pottery, craft, history of ceramics. I experiment with approaches to transforming conventional ceramic forms such as flower vases and tea bowls, and combining them with functional vessel-formed objects including buckets, stacked egg cartons or bricks suggesting my attempts to recapture the concept or history of ceramic ware that has developed as a daily commodity.  I try to question traditional craft and the boundaries between ceramic and fine art, decoration and sculpture.

 

Exhibitions

2017   Issues from the Hands (Solo Exhibition),  8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery,  Tokyo, Japan

2016   Solo Exhibition,  Spun Smoke,  Oakland, CA

2016   The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (Group Exhibition), Sculpture Space NYC, Long Island City, NY

2016   Call The Bluff by Beatrice Scaccia (Sculpture Contribution), Cara Gallery, New York City, NY

2016   Art Market San Francisco  (Art Fair), with Patricia Sweetow Gallery,  San Francisco, CA

2015   Solo Exhibition, Spun Smoke Gallery, Oakland, CA

2015   Art Market San Francisco  (Art Fair), with Patricia Sweetow Gallery,  San Francisco, CA

2014   Little Gloating Eve (Collaborative Exhibition), Cuchifritos Gallery, New York City, NY

2014   Little Gloating Eve (Collaborative Exhibition), Effearte Gallery, Milan, Italy

2014   5 Solos (Dual Exhibition), TF Cornerstone, Long Island City, NY

2014   LIC Arts Open (Group Exhibition), Gotham Building, Long Island City, NY

2013   EU iGual (Collaborative Exhibition), Raku2 Gallery, Yokohama, Japan 

2008   Printmaking (Solo Exhibition), Dutzi Gallery at California State University Long Beach,

           Long Beach, CA 

2008   Ink (Group Exhibition), Marylin Werby Gallery at California State University Long Beach,

           Long Beach, CA

2007   Love Life Lust (Group Exhibition), La Mano Press, Los Angeles, CA 

2007   MInd Your P's and D's (Group Exhibition), I-5 Gallery in The Brewery Arts Colony, 

           Los Angeles, CA 

2007   Insights:2007 (Group Exhibition), University Art museum at California State University Long   

           Beach, Long Beach, CA 

 

Collections

The William Louis Dreyfus Foundation

 

Awards

2017   The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) /The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artist Fellowship 

 

Media

2015   96hours San Francisco Chronicle Interview

           http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Finley-and-Noda-Imagination-flourishes-with-6277349.php#photo-8006019