Bamboo Art: Meditation and Transformation
November 2–25, 2012
Included with Garden Admission
In “Bamboo Art: Meditation and Transformation” three artists—Charissa Brock, Anne Crumpacker, and Jiro Yonezawa—whose medium is bamboo assemble a collection of works focused on the art and craft of working with bamboo as a life-affirming process for both the artist and the viewer.
“Creating art is my meditation,” says Portland artist Anne Crumpacker. “I crave the process of assembling the patterns.” Crumpacker credits her predilection for working with bamboo and the patterns found in nature to her formative travels and exposure to art in Japan. “Within Zen design, the circle or enso, represents enlightenment, as it is both bounded and boundless. Its edges are organic and irregular in form, symbolizing the imperfection that is part of existence.” Among her list of achievements is a June 2010 internship with Doug and Mike Starn during the acclaimed Big Bambú installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Charissa Brock, also Portland resident, is an internationally known bamboo sculptor, with an MFA from the Tyler School in Philadelphia. Brock’s work stems from her interest in the complex structure of bamboo and its unlimited potential as an art material. “Bamboo is a remarkably versatile material. It can be cut, layered, glued, and sanded like wood, or it can be split, bent, and woven, incorporating basketry techniques. Bamboo’s repetition of nodes, its hollow structure, and its flexibility create a challenge and versatility I enjoy working with. I like working with multiples of elements, small pieces I can repeatedly stitch together. The repetition of the work creates a meditative space where possibilities of future pieces can be dreamed.” Charissa Brock’s work is in the permanent collections of Arizona State University Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, and other corporate and private collections throughout the US.
Jiro Yonezawa is one of Japan’s finest bamboo artists, traditionally trained in Beppu, Kyushu, a city famous for bamboo crafts. With homes today in both Kyushu and Portland, Jiro says that bamboo’s regenerative quality intrigues and inspires him to weave it into the intricate pieces for which he is known internationally. “The images, sounds, sensual and emotional experiences of daily life find their way through my hands to reside in woven sculptures and vessels. The process of preparing strips to weave and then weaving forms from those strips is inherently meditative,” he says. “The cacophony of life dissipates; the sculpture emerges vigorous and vibrant. Form, contrast, balance and the interplay of space, color, and texture are the elements I consider. With each new series I strive to be innovative and try to tease out another emotion from the woven bamboo shape.” Yonezawa’s work is included in the prestigious Lloyd E. Cotsen Collection, as well as in the collections of the American Craft Museum, New York, the Crafts Council, London, the Portland Art Museum, and many other museums around the world.
This exhibition is in loving memory of Ned Jaquith (1939-2012).
The Art in the Garden exhibition series is sponsored in part by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation