Vessel 2004

Toru Kaneko (born 1962, Tokyo, Japan)

Although trained as a silversmith Toru Kaneko works with a range of metals and finishes. In this vessel he has applied his silversmithing skills to manipulating a base metal - copper. The elliptical shape, tapering to the rim, was created from sheet copper hammered into an elegant shape. Much of Kaneko's work is characterised by surface pattern and raised relief, achieved here in the pattern of raised spots and fluted vertical lines through techniques of hammering and punching. The vessel was subsequently plated with tin, creating a dulled grey- toned surface that poses questions in the viewer's mind as to which metal has been employed. The result is an arresting piece of metalwork. Kaneko is also fascinated by perspective and this work poses questions about the contradiction between reality and perception. Viewed from the front the vessel appears flat and 2-dimensional. Only when seen from the side does it clearly become a 3-dimensional object

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Katie Jones, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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