Japan's 'Frying Pan Man' Makes Cookware So Beautiful It's Basically Art

November 27, 2014 3:18 PM

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Japan's 'Frying Pan Man' Makes Cookware So Beautiful It's Basically Art

Kodo Kiyooka stumbled into a good thing by chance. It happened that one day he was hungry and tired, and wanted to make a simple dish that wouldn't require much cleaning. A trained ceramicist, he thought to use an art piece he had made, as a combination pan-plate. The irony is that the object was a pan, heat resistant even, but in the tradition of the Duchampian readymade, created for a life of beautiful idleness.

Putting the pan sculpture to use was a good decision. The simple but subversive act impressed Kiyooka's gallerist friends, who began to show the art pans -- now used as regular pans -- as art. The vessels are now meant primarily "for every day use," Kiyooka wrote via translator, in an email to HuffP...

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