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Bending Nature: Four Bamboo Artists in the Garden

August 20-November 6, 2016
Locations inside the Portland Japanese Garden
Regular Garden Hours
Included with Garden Admission

Bamboo is known for its unique character as a plant: having flexibility and strength. Bamboo has seen a variety of uses in the traditional Japanese way of life, including everything from edible bamboo shoots and charcoal to fine crafts and architectural materials. Contemporary artists and architects like Kengo Kuma have also begun to pay homage to bamboo as a medium.

This summer’s exhibition features the work of four internationally known bamboo artists on view in three outdoor locations around the Garden.  Traditionally trained bamboo artist and craftsman Jiro Yonezawa and Shigeo Kawashima, well known for his community engagement-based art-making, will team with Portland artists Charissa Brock and Anne Crumpacker to create work on site. The exhibition is a rare opportunity for visitors to see art situated in three outdoor locations within the iconic Japanese garden. Each of these artists attempts to “bend nature” in new directions, challenging conventional bamboo craft techniques and forms to reflect the close relationship between nature and ourselves.

This exhibition is supported by the Japan Foundation and the Autzen Foundation.