Horiguchi, Hoffmann, Tea Ceremony, Gesamtkunstwerk

Georgia Merritt @ 2024-04-19 10:50:21 -0400

Inherent to the idea of Chowa is the blending of cultures, and eras: where a new thought can ignite a tradition or aesthetic of the past… A particularly intriguing exponent of this concept is Sutemi Horiguchi, whose work situates itself between seemingly disparate contexts: an architect who surveyed Japanese history with a contemporary lens, yet remained faithful to its sacred cultures. Horiguchi was born in the Gifu prefecture in 1895, from a learned Japanese background: writing waka poems and practicing tea ceremony from a very early age. As a teenager he discovered his admiration for Fauvism and the paintings of...

The Box As a Medium: 10 Boxes In Art

Georgia Merritt @ 2024-04-08 21:42:20 -0400

What happens when the most enduring form of storage leaves behind ubiquity and becomes a unique protagonist? Have a glance at this eclectic mix of artworks in which the box isn’t just a structural solution, but a means of conceptual expression.   Andy Warhol Brillo Box (Soap Pads), 1964 Close to exact copies of commercial packaging, Andy Warhol’s brillo boxes pose questions that persist to this day: When and how does a familiar or mundane object become a work of art? The most meta part of the Brillo works are, the fact that Warhol made numerous of them and widely...

To Hold A Frog. Theory of The Box's Origin

Ray Suzuki @ 2024-04-02 20:16:00 -0400

Our hands are porous containments, only able to hold a frog, a fruit, a flower, or another hand. Our hands are scavengers, jugglers, manipulators, openers, and embracers–rather than containers. We can only hold onto something or someone for so long. It’s not the insular ability to hunt and carve spears that propelled our civilization forwards, but our capacity to gather, carry, and store. Perhaps, our hands needed to extend themselves in capacity further than a handful. To employ a sling, a net woven out of flax fiber and your own hair, where we were able to gather precious oats, earthy...

Sanada Himo: Kiribako Ties From The Sengoku Period

Ray Suzuki @ 2024-04-02 18:17:33 -0400

Sanada Himo cord was historically used for decorative ties of suits of armor, swords, and scrolls. It is believed that tea ceremony master 千利休 Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591) was the first to use the Sanada Himo to tie a paulownia box: now they are the classical ties of Kiri Bako. Sanada Himo cord was also used by the general public to tie up luggage, due to its excellent durability. Their origin is unconfirmed, and there are various tales that are believed to be its conception… The most common being that whilst the legendary samurai 真田 幸村 Yukimura Sanada and his...

Qualities of Kiribako: An Overview of Paulownia

Ray Suzuki @ 2024-04-02 17:47:46 -0400

With an array of unique features, Kiri-bako style boxes have long been used to store some of the most precious items in Japan for over 300 years It’s almost hard to believe that wood could be fireproof… Kiri (or Paulownia) wood is porous, with a honeycomb structure that carbonizes upon ignition. With a low number of ligins Ligins, are amorphous polymer, and a key wood component. paulownia has a low number of these, therefore generating almost no combustible gas when heating. This combined with its oxygen blocking structure means it successfully protects itself from fire. Did you know that one...

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