Kawano Shoko 🌐

Du 29 Juillet au 21 Août 2016

TAI Modern
1601 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Le TAI Moderne est une galerie d’art dédiée à l’exposition et à l’encouragement des arts contemporains de différents médiums, avec une attention particulière pour l’art japonais du bambou et des vanneries.

Cette exposition est la première exposition personnelle à TAI moderne de l’artiste Kawano Shoko, né en 1957 au Japon et dont le travail réalise le mariage parfait de la tradition et du contemporain, de l’artisanat et de la sculpture. Kawano crée des nasses de bambou complexes et élégantes. Une forme singulière apparait à première vue mais subtilement, d’une forme géométrique simple jaillit une forme autre. Soudain, une boîte rectangulaire devient un globe; des détails raffinés nous apparaissent lorsque l’on observe l’œuvre de plus près.

Kawano’s masterful spacing of the bamboo lends itself to making his vessels appear both transparent and solid. Lacelike weavings carry a whole new vocabulary of shape, color, space and texture, and the emotion and temperament of the artist. Kawano does not use any measuring tools, instead each strip of perfectly placed bamboo is positioned by hand, relying only on his own senses.

After returning home after several attempts to enter Tokyo University of Arts, a friend introduced him to local bamboo artist Morigami Jin. Kawano was immediately fascinated with Morigami’s modern sculptural expression with bamboo, and began studying bamboo craft at Oita Prefectural Bamboo Craft Training and Support Center in 1989. Kawano’s breakthrough came in 2002, when he was awarded the Cotsen Bamboo Prize after submitting three newly created works using his signature open twill plaiting. His works have been consistently accepted into the prestigious annual Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition. In 2006 and 2007, he was among seven students invited to study under former Living National Treasure, Hayakawa Shokosai V. Kawano’s work resides in the permanent collections of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte,North Carolina.