shiki — landscape and beyond from azuma makoto
from now until December 5th, on display at the zhulong gallery in Dallas.
exhibition of sculpture and photographic works by floral sculptor azuma makoto. a series of large-format photographs, shot by azuma’s collaborator shunsuke shiinoki, illustrates the nearly ten year journey of a bonsai tree around, and above, the globe. encapsulated by an open steel frame, the suspended botanical sculpture has traveled from derelict government spaces, to sublime natural landscapes, some in extreme environments that these plants would never naturally inhabit.
within the square frame, which is a restriction put into place by human (a limit), the infiniteness of nature (limitless) is contained – there is a certain ‘friction’ that is brought about here,’ makoto writes. ‘I worked to derive a sense of the powerfulness and beauty of the pine, showing the true essence of the plant. in each of my works, there is this friction. if a phenomenon occurs and there isn’t anything rough left, nothing can come from it.
— i love bonsai trees
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