Chariots on Fire Presents:

“LIVING WITH MAKOTO KAGOSHIMA CERAMICS”

Exhibition of New Works by Makoto Kagoshima.

August 3 — August 17 2019


Extended Opening Day Hours: 11 am - 6 pm

August 4:

Makoto Kagoshima will be signing “Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics” on Sunday, August 4th from 2 to 4 pm

“Liana Indigo with Summer Blossoms” by Makoto Kagoshima on Charlotte Perriand Tunisia”

“Liana Indigo with Summer Blossoms” by Makoto Kagoshima on Charlotte Perriand Tunisia”

To (re-)direct the eye toward new or unexplored perspectives lets arise surprising points-of-view; at Chariots on Fire, we approach major exhibitions as an opportunity to play host to unexpected collaborations and ever-evolving conversations. Chariots on Fire’s 2019 exhibition with Japanese ceramic-artist Makoto Kagoshima presents the artist’s work under the concept ‘Living with Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics.’  


Six years of exhibition history between Chariots and the artist culminates in a newly-realized staging of Kagoshima’s work—one which illuminates the joys of how and with what objects we compose our lives.


In ‘Living with Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics,’ our Venice, California gallery is reborn as a ‘living-space.’  Kagoshima’s work is positioned in unexpected, yet harmonious proximity to an archive of original, rare, and single-commission furnishings from Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, and others.  Against the foundation of these essential, modernist forms, Kagoshima’s universe—of roses in exuberant bloom; and birds mid-flight, or in open song—is summoned into being with renewed vitality and poeticism.

“Vibrant Summer Blossoms” by Makoto Kagoshima on Charlotte Perriand wall mount.

“Vibrant Summer Blossoms” by Makoto Kagoshima on Charlotte Perriand wall mount.


Visitors experience Kagoshima’s work in the broader context of living—and all that entails.  An original Perriand ‘Mexique,’ constructed for use in a Parisian dormitory, now showcases work from Kagoshima’s most recent collection, which operates in fullest, blissful display of Nature’s enchantments.  Elsewhere, the original, fifties-era blue aluminum panelling of the ‘Tunisia’ anchors the current expression of indigo-on-clay from Kagoshima, affording new, even metaphorical qualities of texture and tonality to each color.


“… The exhibition will showcase the pieces alongside and atop rare furniture pieces by Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, and more modernist masters, all finds from the collection of creative consulting agency Tamotsu Yagi Design. Because what good is a piece you can’t live with? Kagoshima agrees, adding, “I hope my work makes people feel alive and happy.”

Architectural Digest

Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics displayed on Charlotte Perriand  Tunisia  for upcoming “Living with Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics” 2019 exhibition at Chariots on Fire.

Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics displayed on Charlotte Perriand Tunisia for upcoming “Living with Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics” 2019 exhibition at Chariots on Fire.

Chariots on Fire partners with L.A.-based creative consulting agency Tamotsu Yagi Design, known not only for their work with leading designers and architects, including Shiro Kuramata, Yoshio Taniguchi, Kuma Kengo, and wHY Architecture but also for their iconic collection of masterpieces of modernist and contemporary design. Chariots on Fire’s 2019 exhibition ‘Living with Makoto Kagoshima Ceramics’ will be the first time selections from the TYD archive appear on public display.


How we explore our surrounding world—and the objects we collect as we move through it—draws in equal parts from the instinctual and the sublime. What meanings arise as we situate our possessions in composed moments alongside one another? To layer first one object, then pair another, forms an act of constant, even ritualized reflection; ‘Living with Makoto Kagoshima’ emphasizes the ways in which each facet within our day-to-day environment is enhanced by those which surround it—to timeless, magical impact.


Special thank you to our Sponsor:
Christopher Farr