Written on April 14, 2011
Tradition meets the vanguard in Cavin Morris Gallery’s current exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer, “Flawless: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer” on view through April 16th. The show presents work by Japanese artists working in a traditional medium using mainly traditional methods. But look again. This show isn’t about tradition. It’s about invention, innovation–and revitalizing a historic craft using anti-traditional forms. In this way the work can be seen as a commentary on contemporary culture.