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Takuro Kuwata

The young artist Takuro Kuwata makes ‘dysfunctional’ yet oddly elegant clay objects. Leaving much to chance, the surfaces are thickly glazed to literally explode when baked in the kiln. Kuwata’s goal is to “create joyful and fun works, by making the most use of the characteristics of the materials”. By exploring, yet breaking the rules of ceramics, Kuwata has become one of the most intriguing young artists transforming the media today

Takuro Kuwata describes his work as firmly grounded within the traditions of ceramics. His focus is to push the potential of his materials, while referencing traditional forms and making functional objects. He is known for a number of experimental procedures, including adding stones to his clay mix so that when fired, they burst or puncture the clay structure, or using needles to catch the glaze of a vessel so that it creates a bumpy texture when fired 

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TOILETPAPER was founded in 2010 by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari with the art direction of Micol Talso as a picture-based magazine. In the last three years, photos published in the magazine have been applied to a variety of products and media, exploring the multiple possibilities for images to live beyond the pages.

“We felt like experimenting with images and with a printed magazine after Maurizio’s Permanent Food, a project that somehow represented the conclusion of a cycle. We stole the ideas and moods for these images from different fields, including art, film, fashion, advertising and news…

Time dilation characterises all these images since something is on the brink of happening in each of them. Yet you could also interpret them from a Freudian point of view: while celebrating the weaknesses of human beings, these images also prompt you to carry out a self-analysis.” — Pierpaolo Ferrari