En Iwamura Sculptures in East Hampton
En Iwamura's interest in art started with having two painters as parents. When applying to art school in Japan, where he earned his BFA and first MFA at the Kanazawa College of Art and Craft, he first thought he would follow their path but instead chose ceramics as a medium. This three-dimensional choice allows him to experiment with the viewer's experience of occupying space concurrently with his work. He references this relationship between negative space, viewer, and object back to the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Finding the most comfortable Ma between people, places, or objects can create a specific relationship with that person, place or object relative to an exact moment in time. More than just being three dimensional, clay is also in itself a very historic medium, which helps Iwamura further explore his interest of specific moments in time. As he told Artaxis.org, "Ceramics last longer than human life, and we will communicate with future people with ceramics as an important information system." Iwamura now has an exhibition at Gallery Valentine in East Hampton, with plans for an exhibition in our Manhattan space this year. He just finished a two year residency program at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Montana, which is when Ross+Kramer got the chance to interview him about Instagram (where we were first introduced), his goals, and his most recent two series of sculptures prior to our gallery opening.