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King Houndekpinkou킹 훈데크핀코우

  • NATIONALITY
    France, 프랑스
  • CURRENT JOB/POSITION
    Ceramic Artist
  • EDUCATION
    2014 - School of Art and Ceramic Technique, Paris, France
    2013 to 2015 - Training under Bizen potter Toshiaki Shibuta, Bizen, Japan
    2012 to 2014 - Mire Studio/Workshop, Paris, France
  • EXHIBITION
    2019 - Visceral Clay: Look Don’t Touch, Gerald Peters Projects, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
    2019 - NCECA - Trans-Pacific Dialogue: Marrying Form and Surface Across the Globe, Collaborative Design Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    2019 - King Houndekpinkou: Belles Brutes, Galerie Vallois, Paris, France
    2019 - Biennale Internationale des Metiers d’Art & Creation Revelations 2019 “Le Banquet” Le Grand Palais, Paris, France
    2019 - Art Fair Tokyo 2019 Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
    2019 - An Idea Needing to be Made, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia
    2018 - Vasa Vasorum: The Vase in Contemporary Art + Design, Peters Projects, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
    2018 - The Salon Art + Design, Park Avenue Armory, New York City, New York, USA
    2018 - Thank You for the Clay!, Fujiki Gallery, Shigaraki, Japan
    2018 - Palau de Casavells, Summer Exhibition Palau de Casavells, Girona, Spain
    2018 - Hier, Aujourd’hui, Demain, Parcours des Mondes 2018, Galerie Vallois, Paris France
    2018 - Clay Gulgong 2018: Masters' Exhibition, Red Hill Exhibition Center, Gulgong, Australia
    2018 - Ceramique Contemporaine: les artistes de Viviane S. Abbaye de Lehon, Dinan, France
    2018 - Business As Usual, Minnano Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    2018 - Biennale ≪ De Mains De Maitres Luxembourg Gestes & Merveilles ≫, Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat du Luxembourg (BCEE), Luxembourg
    2018 - Art Paris Art Fair, Le Grand Palais, Paris, France
    2017 - Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
    2017 - King Houndekpinkou: De Passage sur Terre Galerie Vallois, Paris, France
    2017 - Africa Blooms Japan Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
    2017 - King Houndekpinkou: Time on Earth, Galerie Vallois, Paris, France
    2016 - Terre de Memoire, Art & Culture Center, Cotonou, Benin
    2016 - Hommage au Benin, 20 artistes contemporains Beninois, Chateau de Tanlay, France
    2016 - Dak'Art Biennale, International Conference Center of Abdou Diouf, Dakar, Senegal
    2015 - Temps modernes, la memoire de l’esclavage et l’art contemporain, Galerie Vallois, Paris, France
    2015 - Coco Fronsac & King Galerie Vallois, Paris, France
  • COLLECTION
    2018 - Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
    2016 - Le Petit Musee de la Recade, Cotonou, Benin
  • RESIDENCY/WORKSHOP
    2018 - Studio Artist, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
    2018 - Clay Gulgong 2018, Demonstration of building techniques, Gulgong, New South Wales, Australia
    2016 - Studio Artist, Art & Culture Center, Cotonou, Benin

현대적 접근방법을 통해 모순된 재료들과 상이한 문화가 혼합되어 하나가 되어 탄생한 도자 작품의 아름다움을 보여준다. 나이제리아 베닝과 일본간의 문화적 공생을 위한 나의 시도는 국가간의 평화를 위한 대화에 도움을 주기 위한 노력의 일환이다.

Born in Montreuil, France, in 1987, King Houndekpinkou is a Franco-Beninese ceramicist who works and lives in Paris. In 2012, King’s discovery of the six ancient pottery kilns of Japan encouraged him to visit Bizen, Japan, each year to acquire further knowledge and experience besides local potters. There, King was seduced by their spiritual and ceremonial approach to creating ceramic works, which seemed reminiscent of Benin’s animist cult of Voodoo. Following this epiphanic experience, King developed 'Terres Jumelles', a cultural program that consists in fostering a cross-cultural dialogue between the various pottery sites of Benin and Japan through the local practices of ceramics/pottery in both countries. Today, King blends clays and other materials from all continents to create works that combine creativity, craftsmanship, cross-cultural understanding and spirituality. He cultivates an attraction for the “beauty of imperfection” and purposely scratches, tears and repairs clay bodies often disfigured by texture and clay overload. His work is/has been showcased internationally at art fairs, museum exhibitions and biennales in Australia, Benin, Hong-Hong, Japan, Morocco, Senegal, Spain and USA.