Monday, March 07, 2016

Craft and Folk Art Museum

One in the series, "Chairman Mao and his Hundred Porcelain Flowers," by Keiko Fukazawa

On Sunday we went to the Craft and Folk Art Musuem (CAFAM) on the Miracle Mile. I've been wanting to see Keiko Fukazawa's ceramics show, "Made in China" as well as the group exhibit "Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present." 
I was so sorry we could not attend the opening in January and missed seeing our friend, Keiko! The show continues through May 8th. I definitely recommend you visit!

"Chinese Still Life" by Keiko Fukazawa
Ceramic-Dipped Plastic Bottles

"Spout Monster" teapots in foreground by Keiko Fukazawa

Keiko is a genius. Her ceramics in this show represent her 3 year stay as artist in residence in Jingdezhen, China, the porcelain capital of the world. She satirizes Chairman Mao's 100 flowers campaign and also depicts the classic landscapes of China with super-imposed corporate logos, showing the commercialization of China. There are many other brilliant pieces. Really, you have to view them in person!
Chinese Landscapes with corporate logos
On the top floor of this little gem of a museum is an exhibit with more than 100 pieces of enamel artwork ranging from jewelry to abstract wall panels. This show was organized through the efforts of the L.A. based Enamel Arts Foundation. The glass, ceramics and enamel of these works of art are luminescent. My photographs do not do them justice. They must be viewed to really discern the details of their beauty.

From the exhibit, "Little Dreams in Glass and Metal"

There's so much to see on the Miracle Mile!

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