Seeking the Invisible & Visual Narration

  • 02 Jun 2018
  • 15 Jul 2018
  • Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116

Seeking the Invisible by Ken Matsuzaki & Visual Narration by Fran Forman

June 2 - July 15, 2018

Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116

Ken Matsuzaki was born in Tokyo in 1950 and received a degree in Ceramic Art from Tamagawa University School of Fine Arts, Tokyo. He moved to Mashiko in 1972 to apprentice with Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who studied under Shoji Hamada and was a Japanese Living National Treasure. After a five-year apprenticeship, Matsuzaki established his own wood-firing kiln, Yuushin Gama. Matsuzaki's works have a strong grounding in the mingei philosophy (hand-crafted art of ordinary people) though his approach is very contemporary, introducing a focus on the Oribe style with yohen, shino, and oribe glazing.

Works by Matsuzaki are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Tikotin Museum in Israel, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


Fran Forman is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis and teaches photographic collage internationally. Fran studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW in psychiatric social work, and then an MFA from Boston University. Fran makes her home in the Boston area and on Cape Cod, where history and light inspire her art-making each day.

Fran’s photo paintings have been exhibited widely, both locally and internationally, and are in many private collections as well the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Grace Museum (Texas), the Sunnhordland Museum (Norway), and the County Down Museum (Northern Ireland).

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