Tuesday 21 April 2009

Ikebana at Japan Week 2009

These are my contributions to the exhibition "Japan Week 2009 - Beauty and Magic" in the Oslo City Hall Gallery. I'm very proud to be asked to contribute to an exhibition that holds such high quality. It has also been fun to work in a beautiful and well designed setting that compliments the arrangements.

"Pale blue poetry". Painted branches of Mitsumata, Limonium and Aspedistra leaf.

"Ties of friendship". Climbing Hydrangea, Strelitzia and pine in a vase from Nicaragua.

"Between past and future". Wood, Cymbidium orchids and Eucalyptus.

"Inner beauty". Freestyle, Morimono form. Cassava, Cucumber, Kohlrabi and chili pepper

Monday 20 April 2009

Exhibition Interiors

I'm posting a few photos from the exhibiton "Japan Week 2009 - Beauty and Magic". The exhibition is running until this Thursday in the Oslo City Hall Gallery.

Ikebana arrangement by guest artist Truus Marreé from The Netherlands.

The exhibition features ikebana, Japanese woodblock prints and kimonos.

The "Tea house" where demonstrations are held.

This is one of the largest ikebana exhibitions that has been held in Oslo. 13 teachers and students are exhibiting arrangements in a broad variety of styles, from traditional ikebana to avant-garde and surrealistic arrangements.

Tuesday 14 April 2009

Ikebana Exhibiton - Beauty and Magic

Back home after hard work preparing for the exhibition Japanese Week - Beauty and Magic in the Oslo City Hall Gallery. The exhibition opens on Thursday April 16, and will be running until Thursday April 23.

When we're done the exhibition hall will look great, and will house one of the largest ikebana exhibitions that has been held in Oslo. There will also be wood prints, kimonos and tea ceremony demonstrations.

Don't miss this oportunity to experience the beauty and magic of ikebana.

Free entrance.

Opening ours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.

Entrance from the sea-side.

Monday 13 April 2009

Decalcomania, Surrealism and Ikebana

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (outside of Copenhagen) is currently running an exhibition on Max Ernst - Dream and Revolution. A large selection of works is presented, from Ernst's dadaistic and surrealistic periods and further on to the playful techinques that he adopted to his art.

What strikes me when I see an exhibition like this is how strong the influence of surrealism have been, and still is, on the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Sofu Teshigahara picked up a lot from the modern European art, not so much the philosophy but the styles and techniques. Surrealism was used to get a direct approach to creativity, and to grasp the unexpected and random in the process of making a free style ikebana arrangement. Sofu often used untraditional matherials in his surrealsitic arrangements. I will try and post a few pictures when i get my scanner to work.

One of the techiques favored by the surrealists is decalcomania. Paint is applied somewhat randomly on a sheat of paper. Then another sheat of paper is pressed towards it, creating an interesting pattern. Ernst used this technique as a starting point for his faboulus fantacy landscape paintings. In the Sogetsu school decalcomania is used to create an unexpected pattern that serves as inspiration for an ikebana arrangement. I'm posting two examples so you get a feeling of it.

Decalcomania and ikebana, mass of Ranunculus.
Detail of decalcomania and Ikebana arrangement: "When spring is here she wears her yellow kimono", Tulips, Ephedra and Ranunculus.

Max Ernst - Dream and Revolution is running until June 1, 2009.

From the presentation text: "Max Ernst was a hypermodern, adaptable artist. Like a vagabond he turned his life into one long journey – constantly renewing his artistic activity and himself. He was always on his way in and out of new modes of exspression, in search of development and change. He never came to a halt with any single style but continued to explore and experiment with art".

Thursday 9 April 2009

Bending Branches in Bloom

It's spring and time for blossoming branches. This video shows an advanced method of making curved lines by putting wedges into the branch. It's a classical ikebana thechnique that is not used in this extreme way in modern schools. To me it looks kind of cruel to the branches. Anyhow it's interesting and beautiful to look at. The video is from the Kadou Enshu school of ikebana.

Heaven, Earth and Human

To all of you that are interested in the symbolic meanings of ikebana - please check this out. Sogetsu teacher Ping Wei has an interesting comment on the principles of heaven, earth and human on his new blog.

"Heaven" is the sky, the freedom. In order to fully express "heaven" in our ikebana, we need to be free. ... "Earth" is the ground, the disciplines and the rules. Without disciplines and rules, things will fall apart. ... We "human" are in the middle. Our job is to bring "heaven" and "earth" in perfect harmony. It's not an easy task, but that's what we keep studying for.
(Quote from Ping Wei, Ikebana in Desert on Blogspot)
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