Art is not always meant to sit behind museum glass.
When Tatsuo Okura puts the last coat of crimson negoro lacquer on his pieces, it is not an act of completion.
Rather, it represents the moment when the artisan relinquishes his works to the vagaries of time.
Highlighting the wabisabi aesthetic (an affection for the worn, faded and irreducibly refined), Okura’s once-spotless lacquerware begins to show the effect of time on edges and facets weathered by even the most delicate care.
On display at the Frederick Harris Gallery through November 25, Okura’s lacquerware reflects the impermanence of beauty prized by connoisseurs throughout the centuries.