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Monday 21 July - Friday 8 August 2003
Monday - Saturday, 9.30am - 5.00pm
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The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College
Farnham campus Foyer Gallery
Falkner Road Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS UK



I have been pursuing "Natural Form" in order to apply URUSHI (Japanese lacquer) fluidly and I have attempted to emphasize the organic nature of URESHI and its sense of pureness and fluidity when it appears on curvilinear surfaces. I have also been looking at site-specific placement of my work in order to place URUSHI in the context of fine art. Besides using and refining a process that I have developed, I want to research other possibilities in creation of form by using other materials and techniques which are enabled by the use of computers.

With the aid of CAD (Computer Aided Design) it is possible to create "Natural Form" largely inconceivable by human mind and hand. Today we have many options in the methods of production and the making of three-dimensional objects. A mechanical molding system enhanced by computer is one useful way of making organic objects with a sense of fluidity in shape.

While exploring the form and fluidity of the object, it is further possible to examine the organic nature of URUSHI through the fluid surface characteristic in lacquer ware. In addition to natural or liquid form, application of URUSHI gives a strong sense of the organic. The combination of an object formed by the aid of computer and machine with skills of the hand and mind will lead to new futures in URUSHI work.

I believe that many people in this country who don't know much about URUSHI must realize its distinctive character of sensuality, tactility and fluidity through my work.

Kenji Toki

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