MEMBRANE by Genta Ishizuka

13 February 2018

MEMBRANE by Genta Ishizuka
New Exhibition: 21st February – 22nd March 2018

Genta Ishizuka’s first European exhibition of lacquer artworks will open at Erskine, Hall & Coe later this month. This exhibition, Membrane will feature 21 works in urushi lacquer.
Born in Kyoto in 1982, Ishizuka currently lives and works in Kyoto City. He earned a BFA from Kyoto City University of Arts, during which time he participated in an exchange program at the Royal College of Art, London in 2006. Most recently, he graduated with a MFA in Urushi Lacquering from Kyoto City University of Arts in 2008.
Speaking of the meaning behind the title of his exhibition, Ishizuka explains,
“I believe “membrane” is a word that is connected to both my production method that utilizes
elastic cloth, as well as the sense of envelopment given by applying the urushi, in the way it
covers the whole work like a skin. This word that is used with animals, plants and other
organisms also has an affinity with the organic material of urushi, and can mean a kind of
skin, connoting physicality.”

Following several solo exhibitions in Kyoto and Osaka, Ishizuka’s work has received international recognition and awards, and is included in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
A catalogue accompanying this exhibition will include an essay by Rupert Faulkner, Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the show will be fully illustrated on our website on the day it opens:

The exhibition will be viewable Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 – 18:00 and will be free to attend.

Erskine, Hall & Coe
15 Royal Arcade
T: 0207 491 1706