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Nagakura Kenichi

(Japanese, born 1952)

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Object Details

Artist

Nagakura Kenichi

Date

2005

Medium

Madake bamboo

Dimensions

27 × 23 1/2 × 23 1/2 inches (68.6 × 59.7 × 59.7 cm)

Credit Line

Acquired through the generosity of Ritalou Rogow Harris, Class of 1957, and Robert O. Harris

Object
Number

2007.025

Nagakura Kenichi, born in Shizuoka, learned basket-making from his grandfather, but only after study(…)

Nagakura Kenichi, born in Shizuoka, learned basket-making from his grandfather, but only after studying yuzen paste-resist dyeing of fabric for kimonos and then abandoning that traditional craft. He works and exhibits outside the establishment of craft arts associations that many Japanese bamboo artists are affiliated with and takes his inspiration from disparate sources, including European art and American pop art, as well as indigenous art forms of Japan, such as ancient Jomon ceramics. Naturally occurring shapes and forms often provide the basis for his works and his baskets display an earthy quality with rhythmic, energized surfaces that also reflect his interest in jazz, classical, and rock music. “I want to reduce the complexity of my feelings into my work like a poet does when writing a haiku. For me it is very important that I can use parts of a bamboo plant from above ground and parts from below ground. I like to add bamboo roots to some of my work as a reminder of the dark side of life. This creates greater harmony.”

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