--------------------------------------------8 October 2004
KENJI TOKI SELECTED FOR CHELSEA 2004
Kenji Toki, a hybrid practitioner with
Lacquer) based in both London
and Kyoto, has been selected to participate in the Chelsea Crafts
Fair 2004. The prestige fair, which celebrate its 25th anniversary
this year, takes place at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road,
London SW3 from 12th-24th October 2004(closed Monday 18th October).
Chelsea is Europe's Finest Craft Fair, renowned for the high quality
of the craftsmanship and diversity of the exhibits.
It is the first time that Kenji Toki has been selected for the
event in the week-2 starts from 19th, and will be showing a new
series of URUSHI sculptural work entitled "Latency"
and also is the first time for Chelsea to have an URUSHI exhibit.
The work is made of photosensitive resin by the aid of CAD and
rapidprototyping (usually used in industrial processing) in his
distinctive colour of brilliant organic red.
"I am really exited
about taking part in the Chelsea Crafts Fair. It is fantastic
to be selected for such a high quality event which attracts visitors,
buyers and collectors from all over the world. It is a showcase
and I hope to achieve some special commissions as well. I will
be exceptionally busy whilst I prepare for Chelsea - I will probably
have to take on some additional help,"
says Kenji Toki.
He has been working as a contemporary craft practitioner exploring
representation of URUSHI with diverse materials and measures such
as carbon fibre and photography and exhibiting internationally
since 1995 after finished MA at Kyoto City University of Fine
Art. He has been undertaking the research into CAD and rapid prototyping
since 2002 in the UK and how these techniques can be applied and
utilized within a craft and sculptural practice, especially in
relation to URUSHI work. As an internationally active and respected
craft practitioner, he has been a pioneer of this area and is
part of an international network in "Hybrid Practice".
His work has been selected for the international conference entitled
"Challenging Craft" held in Aberdeen, Scotland 2004
that focuses on new perspective of "Hybrid Practice"
and the implications of new technology for craft. His work has
established a particular position in the area and has been regarded
distinctive from other work in terms of the quality of its process
through digital and hand practice.
The URUSHI skill and culture is quite unique to Japan, however,
this truly organic liquid material has distinctive tactility and
sensuality, not seen either in other materials or in digital,
and requires acquisition of skill of painting, which needs comparatively
minute, precise, and strict training that is representative of
hand-practice-based disciplines in contrast with digital measures.
The final pieces with URUSHI-finish possess a distinctive atmosphere,
all the more because the form is created by the use of digital
For more information please contact Kenji
Toki on TELEPHONE, EMAIL, WEBSITE
Images are available as jpegs on CD ROM or can be downloaded from
Transparencies are available upon request.