What moves you—?  What do you seek—?  What seeks you—?

Chariots on Fire is a vehicle of discovery.  We see ‘seeking—’ not as means to an end, but itself as practice of virtue.  To train the gaze to the integrity of a given material, the artistry of its interpretation as object-of-function: this is what we ourselves seek; this is what we offer to you.  

The Chariots æsthetic calls forth new (and uncharted—) geographies of the modern.  How we explore our surrounding world — and the objects we keep with us as we move through it — draws in equal parts from the instinctual and the sublime.

Chariots on Fire is housed in a futuristic concrete structure which rises amidst the palms and bougainvillea of the sun-bleached Venice landscape.  It is in this space that we introduced Fukuoka-based ceramicist Makoto Kagoshima for the first time in the United States.  Likewise was it platform to what The New York Times described as the “strangely beautiful” multi-city installation of A Tale of Plant and Pot — which evolved from our pairing of Adam Silverman and Oda Kohei (Qusamura) and featured “mutant cacti in pots with unconventional, often imperfect, glazes.”

What we present is real and tangible.  Unusual and hard-to-find pieces — whether objet d’art, jewelry, zakka, decor, or more — appear in free-flowing, yet considered rotation.  Re-constellated into groupings which themselves span medium and origin and era, they give rise to a rare, eclectic grace.  

What we might speak of as ‘meaning’ crystallizes as what we find is passed along — first through the hands of the artist, and then into your own — in each revealing some facet of ‘beauty,’ in each blossoming with individual joy . . . 

 One-of-a-kind Ceramic Platter by Makoto Kagoshima (Photo: Shuji Yoshida)

One-of-a-kind Ceramic Platter by Makoto Kagoshima (Photo: Shuji Yoshida)