a conversation with Eunice Luk

No egg is perfect.
Solo exhibition at the Embassy of Canada, Prince Takamado Gallery in Tokyo. November 29, 2016 - January 20, 2017 

Please tell us about the introduction of wonderful ceramic sculptures in your work. How did that happened?

I started ceramics at a local pottery studio when I was around nine. I stayed at the same studio for over two years. Learned all the basics of hand building, making pinch pots, coiled vessels, piggy banks, tiles, while watching my older brother learn how to throw on the wheel. I really wanted to try throwing but my teacher thought I was too small. After two years, I felt she was never going to let me 'graduate' to the throwing side of the studio so I stopped going. I made small objects from time to time until my last year in university. I took an Introduction to ceramics class to reunite with clay and to fulfill my longing for making things with my hands. After that class, I was hooked on working with clay again. About a year after graduating, I inherited my friend's father's kiln and learned how to fire manually on my own. It was the most rewarding and magical feeling to fire by myself. Since then ceramic has became a big part of my practice. I still hand build everything and grew to appreciate the imperfect contours of hand built sculptures and vessels.

Tamago no.2, 2016. Max Height no.2, 2015.Tamago no.3, 2016. Tamagao no.4, 2016.

Do you have a schedule or a routine when you go to your studio to work?

I resign from my day job as a textile designer in Toronto about two years ago and came to Japan to do a long term artist residency in Yokohama, Kanagawa. Since then, I have been travelling a lot more so every day is different depending if I have an exhibition or art book fair coming up. Aside from ceramic sculptures, I also make paintings and publish artist books, so my practice allows me to move fluidly from one project to another. During busy periods, I could be working for more than 12 hours everyday to prepare for an exhibition.

Form no.2 - Capacity for new love, 2016. Ceramic.

Can you show us your favorite corner in your studio?

My favourite part of the studio is the kiln. I'm really interested in the process of firing and am always excited to load, fire and crack the kiln open to see the result of a successful firing. I always amazed by how brittle and fragile greenware are vitrified and transformed into (almost) forever lasting objects.

Kiln view. 

What's your favorite object right now?

My favourite object for a while now is a little vintage hand-crochet dog from Lithuania that I picked up at the cutest little store, Doma {@doma_yoriko}, in Kyoto. I named him, Boko (凹  in Japanese) because he's weird, cute and bumpy !

Boko-chan. Photo credit: Toshifumi Matsumiya @himantolophus_groenlandicus

Please tell us about the art scene in Japan. Do you consider there is a strong support network among young artists? In to what extent are events such as the Tokyo Art Book Fair are important  when it comes to showcase young artists work?

I am still discovering the art scene in Japan since I only moved here a year and a half ago. But so far I've met so many lovely artists and creative people in Tokyo, Yokohama as well as in the countryside of Japan. The city is huge here so there are many pockets of art communities. I love discovering artist studios, galleries, artist-run bars and art books shops. I also find that there's a lot of diversity in the contemporary art scene here which is refreshing. It's all very new to me.

This year was my third time exhibiting at the Tokyo art book fair. It's one of the most beautiful, thought out art book fairs I've exhibited at. It's given me a really great entry to meeting local artists, designers and curators. The Tokyo art book fair is very important since it offers an accessible way for young artists to showcase their work. I also find it a great fair for young artists to connect with artists, print houses or binderies they are interested in (there's an amazing Printer's section at the Tokyo Art Book Fair). I'm really glad I've been able to meet people I admire online, in real life at the book fair.

This is a consumerist question, but it would be amazing to see more Slow Editions print shirts available. Do you think that is viable in a near future?

For my exhibition at VACANT, I made a new sweatshirt and It's called 'In my memory'. I tie-dyed some too but they're also available in white. I made a new snail enamel pin too. You can find them at Vacant in Harajuku or online at http://sloweditions.info.

Pranning for exhibition. Eunice Luk's apartment in Yokohama.

Where can you see you your work in the coming months?

I have two solo exhibitions in Tokyo right now: 'Inside the snail's shell' curated by Toshifumi Matsumiya and Kimi Yokoyama at Vacant, 3-20-13 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, from November 25th ~ December 14th and 'No egg is perfect' at the Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery, 7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, from November 29th ~ January 20th, 2017. I will be in a group show in Toronto next month, 'As the morning lengthened, whole parties appeared over the sandhills' curated by Sarah Watson and Jess Carroll at AC Repair, 1588 Dupont St. Rear Building, Toronto, from Dec 15th ~ December 23rd. After that I'll be working on new publications with some of my favourite artists for the LAABF. The fair will be at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in February 2017, I'm looking forward to hanging out with my friends there!

closed on mondays

72 Girls and Some Boys Who Could be Models. 2005. Still available at Motto.
Marta Buda handmade woven bags. Available at Kinobi, NuSwim and The Mercantile.

Rose Marie Auberson.

a conversation with local creative

Today I have a conversation with the wonderful Nicole and Jenna from the beautiful, New York City based studio Local CreativeLocal Creative is about values that have always been close and dear to me, and even more so at this time we're living: collaboration and joining synergies to create and developing ideas rooted in community spirit. Their work evokes stories and narratives with timeless, classic appeal.

Their motto is simple and inspiring for all of us: Let's work together.

How did Local Creative start? Can you take us back to how everything started?

In our first year of moving to the city we lived next door to each in Bushwick. We were both new to Brooklyn and trying to find our place through random jobs and projects. We eventually started meeting on Monday nights to share ideas about imagery we loved from our favorite magazines, websites or even Tumblr. From there we started crafting our own projects for fun until someone asked what we were called and decided Local Creative seemed fitting. It was around the time the interest in local was growing quickly and we considered ourselves local creatives from the start. The website grew from our interest in the incredible people in our own neighborhood of Greenpoint and now covers local on a more national scale with a focus on design, style, wellness and home.

A year into Local Creative we both decided to apply to graduate schools, Jenna attended Parsons for design and Nicole, The New School for media which served as a bit of an incubator for Local Creative. There we tested ideas like a digital publication, hybrid creative community space and pop-up. Eventually our interest in design, photography and moving image production came to the forefront and we realized these were things that made us happiest to pursue. We create all the content, both imagery and copy for our website ourselves. Through this we found a mutual love for creative/art direction and started experimenting with this new direction. Through the growing interest of our site, we recently expanded to a content creation studio offering services for independent and larger companies to keep up with the demand for quality, lasting content with a quick turnaround time.

These days there are countless more or less vacuous lifestyle projects populating the internet; also trends seem to be quite ephemeral these days. Can you identify something that is missing in today's overly curated projects?

Yes! There is definitely a lack of awareness of the history of some of the most celebrated media creators, and artists. Especially with social media and the internet, one can quickly forget there are other resources like books, films, tapes, magazines and other types of media to be explored outside of Instagram and our internet bubble. There is inspiration in your everyday too, just on the walk you take every morning to your next destination or quiet moments in your home. These things translate to something that’s commonplace in the air and often overlooked in the fast pace nature of trends and lifestyle projects racing for followers. We both tend to agree on this.

In the lifestyle section of Local Creative the word uniform tends to appear in your edits. I am a huge fan of daily uniforms. What are the key elements when building a durable and successful daily uniform?

Nicole: Depending on the season I believe in a sensible shoe, a strong coat/jacket and a well made bag that you can trust as your companion for the everyday. 

Jenna: Less is more. Easy pieces that are going to carry you from place to place. I believe in good denim, and neutral everything else, maybe a fun sock or scarf for a pop of color.

Please describe us the favorite corner of your studio?

Nicole: We have quite a beautiful growing collection of art books and magazines that are super rewarding to flip through if we have a quiet moment in the studio. One refreshing image is all it takes to inspire a new project.

Jenna: We have a tool box, and a basket filled with art supplies. This element of craft is important to my work, and a favorite place to get inspired and let my mind wander.

A favorite scent?

Nicole: Bread baking reminds me of home.

Jenna: Lavender.

A photo shoot essential?

Nicole: Jenna.

Jenna: Natural light.

What are you looking forward in the future?

Nicole: Growing our studio amidst a new and exciting time for creative content, and working with all the incredible women behind independent collections that continue to inspire us for new work.

Jenna: See our studio grow, and take shape. Working with incredible women we admire, and supporting one another as we continue in our creative endeavors. 

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