Delight for the Future

Tanabe Chikuunsai III Japanese

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Tanabe Chikuunsai III, who exhibited his works at the Nitten and the Japanese Traditional Art Crafts exhibitions, employed dyed timber and yadake bamboo (the latter is called “arrow” bamboo because its stiffness makes it ideal for making arrow shafts) to create geometric, sculptural forms. Using the parallel construction (kumi) technique, he juxtaposed lines of squares and triangles with circles to conjure a sense of depth and three-dimensionality. In this sculpture the intricate cross sections are tied together with rattan and the completed work finished with a coat of lacquer. The artist created this work in celebration of the birth of his granddaughter, and it received the Contemporary Decorative Art Prize at the 2009 Japanese Modern Craft and Art Exhibition.

Delight for the Future, Tanabe Chikuunsai III (Japanese, 1940–2014), Arrow bamboo, timber bamboo, rattan, and lacquer, Japan

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