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Keiko Fukazawa; Manekineko- GM; Ceramic; 13"x10"x9"

Keiko Fukazawa; Manikineko - GM; Porcelain, glaze, China paint, decal; 12" x 9.5" x 8"


Keiko Fukazawa; Let A Hundred Flowers Bloom; Porcelain and glaze; 17" x 12" x 9"



Keiko Fukazawa; Jingdezhen Tea Pot; Porcelain, glaze; 9" x 12" x 5"



Keiko Fukazawa; Judgement; Ceramics, paint; 37" x 34" x 27"



Keiko Fukazawa; Scholar's Rock I; Earthenware, glaze, with wooden stand; 15" x 15.5" x 10"



Keiko Fukazawa; Take and Don't Regret It; Ceramics, paint; 25" x 25" x 3"



A mid-career retrospective

February 29 - March 31, 2016

Reception: Thursday, March 3, 7-9 p.m.

Gallery walk-through with Keiko Fukazawa : Tuesday, March 8 at 1 p.m.

Keiko Fukazawa was born and raised in Japan where she studied art at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo.  Here she was stifled by the pervasive viewpoint at the time, that women were not to be taken seriously as contemporary artists.  Fukazawa’s mother, who was a non-traditional person herself, had wanted to be a painter.  As this was unaccepted by her generation, she became an excellent and creative cook while supporting the viewpoint of her unconventional daughter.   

Following her work at the University, Fukazawa apprenticed at a studio in the renowned ceramics town of Shigaraki, but also found the system there very rigid.  At this point she heard about the bold clay revolution taking place in California, led by sculptor, Peter Voulkos.  In 1984 she moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled at Otis Art Institute and studied under Ralph Becerra, a well-known artist with a powerful penchant for surface design.  After graduating from Otis, Fukazawa began to teach and is now the head of the ceramics program at Pasadena City College.

El Camino College Art Gallery is pleased to present a mid-career retrospective of the highly energized ceramic works of Keiko Fukazawa.  Culture Clash spans a period of approximately 30 years and seeks to represent a broad view of this fascinating artist who moves from culture to culture, assimilating ideas and techniques while simultaneously poking fun at the present-day sacred cows she encounters.

Fukazawa’s entire oeuvre is characterized by the juxtaposition of traditional forms with the modern and eccentric. She has the ability to tap into the undercurrent of contemporary culture, whether in Japan, the U.S., or China, and produce objects that reflect an understanding of the specific esthetic and cultural traditions in which she is immersed.  Fukazawa combines a grasp of history with a pointed playfulness.  She seems to literally absorb the symbolic information of whatever local culture surrounds her and mirror it back through her ceramic works in a way that brings new life to, and understanding of, the locale. 

Among the works Fukazawa explores in Culture Clash are a substantial group of graffiti adorned work; Chinese Scholars’ Rocks; and recent objects made in China.  In her graffiti series she worked in tandem with prison inmates/gang members to create images.  Fukazawa began by creating large plates and vessels, which she fired and then broke into pieces. While working in a program to introduce art into prisons, she distributed the fragments to the inmates to embellish with drawings and graffiti.  Fukazawa decorated some of the shards herself, using traditional Japanese erotic drawing and painting techniques. The broken pottery was then reassembled to form vessels and plates with extraordinary surfaces and messages.

Fukazawa’s Scholars’ Rocks mimic Chinese objects of philosophic and esthetic veneration that are traditionally made with special stones that have been carefully fitted with carved wooden bases.  Her stones, however, are comprised of cast Beanie Baby toys glazed with unusual colors that gleefully merge the ancient with a sort of futuristic sci-fi presence.

In both 2013 and 2014 the artist performed month-long residencies in the porcelain capital of China, Jingdezhen.  Here she produced ceramic works with appropriated imagery from commercial statues and photos of Chairman Mao, which she re-contextualized, “In order to comment on his original ideology.” (KF)  Fukazawa adds strategically placed cast porcelain flowers to white busts of Chairman Mao Zedong, glazed with timeless formulas, and spoofs traditional formal Chinese landscape vases by adding luxury brand logos (Louis Vuitton). These objects mischievously observe the effects of globalization and consumer culture in current-day China.

Please join us in celebrating the ingenious work of Keiko Fukazawa in Culture Clash.


Student Show installation

Student Show installation


Current work by El Camino College Art & Photo Department Students

April 18 - May 5, 2016

Fine Arts Division Open House: April 22 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Each year El Camino College Art Gallery is proud to present a showcase of the current student body's output. All of the works in this exhibition are selected by instructors in the art  and photo departments as some of the best examples of student work presently being produced at the college. The Student Show includes a variety of art works fabricated in a wide range of media.  The exhibit provides a unique glimpse into the educational and aesthetic philosophy advocated by El Camino College Art Department and illustrates a diversity characteristic of the contemporary art world.


 Last Published 2/10/16