Japanese Bamboo Artist to Present a Demonstration and Lecture at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Posted: August 26, 2013
Source: Phil Meade
Email: philm@kiarts.org

For Immediate Release -

Shohaku Yufu

This Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m. Japanese bamboo artist Shohaku Yufu will present a demonstration and lecture at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, in conjunction with the Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art exhibition.

Tickets to the demonstration and lecture are $5 for KIA Members and $10 for Non-Members. Admission also includes entry to the Modern Twist: Contemporary Bamboo Art exhibition, on August 28 from 5 - 7 p.m. A limited number of reserved tickets are available for purchase, in advance, at the KIA or by phone at (269) 349-7775.

About Shohaku Yufu
Shohaku Yufu is a second generation bamboo artist from Beppu City, in the Oita Prefecture of Japan. He is a 1st Class Skill Holder in bamboo, with fewer than 100 working bamboo artists left in Japan. To become a bamboo artist, Yufu spent 10 years learning the basic techniques of cutting, dyeing and plaiting bamboo from his father and then another 10 years developing his craft as an artist. Yufu is the winner of the Chairman's Prize at the All Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition and winner of the 21st Oita Godo Newspaper Prize. He has exhibited his work at numerous venues, including the Chicago Cultural Center, SOFA New York, Grinnell College and the TAI Gallery in Sante Fe, New Mexico. His work is also in the permanent collections of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and in the Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Craft Museum.

About the Modern Twist Exhibition
The Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art exhibition explores the innovative shape that bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century, highlighting the creativity of 17 contemporary artists through a stunning collection of 37 works. On view at the KIA until September 15, the exhibition challenges previous aesthetic conventions of bamboo art by experimentation with nonfunctional, sculptural forms, and has pushed the medium to new levels of concept and technique. Bamboo art is a unique Japanese phenomenon. As early as the eighth and ninth centuries, bamboo objects were used in Buddhist rituals, tea ceremonies, and ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), and became important features of these traditions. Bamboo is a highly demanding medium that requires years of study under the tutelage of a bamboo master. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Collection of the Clark Center and tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

The local exhibition is generously sponsored by: