Modern Remains series by Kouzo Takeuchi is characterized by complex geometrical patterns made up of square tubed porcelain fused together in the kiln. After firing and glazing is completed, Takeuchi strategically chips away at the sculptures with a hammer. The effect of this process evokes the feeling of looking at ancient ruins. But, according to Takeuchi, the clean white geometric patterns of his creations are meant to represent the architecture of today, prodding the viewer to consider that what exists now will one day be in ruins.
His continued interest in the themes of decay and physical damage was sparked by an accident in his workshop in 2006, when one of his square ceramic tubes broke unexpectedly. The event left a mark on Takeuchi which would color his current work. It revealed to him a certain atmosphere created by destroyed things—the remains of things made to convey beauty.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Anadole University Museum, Eskisehir, Turkey
Musée Des Arts De L’Asie De La Ville de Paris, Francey, France
The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Japan
Louis Vuitton, Ginza Namiki St., Tokyo