Schulz-Dornburg is best-known for her starkly poetic black and white photographs, which she presents in series, uniting conceptual and documentary practices. Her images are an exercise in restrained, formal objectivity and often feature architectural structures and desolate landscapes. Through the careful consideration of repeated, external forms, she hints at narratives of transition, mediation, exile and displacement.
Taizo Kuroda is one of the most important artists in contemporary Japanese ceramics. Adventuring far beyond the norms of conventional pottery, his work is characterised by its refined form and immaculate surfaces, elements that echo his own pursuit of universal beauty. Working in unglazed, rough white porcelain, he creates sculptures that resemble vases and bowls, examining the limit between the physical object and its latent meaning.
Gallery director Tristan Hoare says: ‘The Buddhist concept of Ensō proposes that perfection can be achieved through the repetition of a single act, and this philosophy is evident in the practices of these two artists. Both are seeking to reveal something beyond physical representation, and both are absolutely uncompromising in their quest for aesthetic perfection.’