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  • Kentaro Kawabata, Batista 1, 2020, porcelain, glass, slag, feldspar, 13 × 30 × 15 3⁄4". From “Sea Change.”

    Kentaro Kawabata, Batista 1, 2020, porcelain, glass, slag, feldspar, 13 × 30 × 15 3⁄4". From “Sea Change.”

    “Sea Change”

    Ratio 3

    For a group exhibition that focused primarily on contemporary Japanese ceramics, “Sea Change” strangely commenced with Octopi 4, 1990, an eerie atmospheric photograph by Kunié Sugiura. The print features two pale silhouettes of the titular mollusks, seemingly conjoined, against a washed-out sepia background. The creatures are floating over a mass of dark-gray liquid that’s being diffused from the center of the composition—perhaps a painterly pool of expelled ink?

    This elegant study in tonality and form provided an ideal introduction to a show that explored tactility and the multifariousness of

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