Sho – masters of contemporary calligraphy
Japanese culture of calligraphy finding a place in Europe Date: 1 Jun. – 5 Jul. 2015
The carved characters that were the theme of this shodo calligraphy exhibit in Pilsen are one of the modes of expression of shodo that features aesthetic carving of characters into material such as wood. Unlike work done in brush, it is characteristically a three-dimensional form of expression. Making use of coloration, it is also deeply connected with crafts and such arts as sculpture, and is attracting attention as a new avenue of shodo. Focusing particularly on carvings and folding fans, this Pilsner exhibit proved a landmark show such as has rarely ever been put on in Japan. Shodo exhibitions and classes have found a reception in Pilsner over the past some decades, and the opening of this exhibition featuring wide-ranging modes of calligraphic expression other than the brush generated keen interest and drew a large and enthusiastic crowd. With the assistance of Tosen Usuda, representative of the International Shodo Cultural Development Council, the exhibit featured the work of fifty artists. For those of us living in an age brimming with simple icons and images, this exhibition prompting “readings” of the primal messages in the respiration and emotions of these artists as one engages carefully with their work made for a significant project looking back over our daily routines.
The Jiri Trnka Gallery
USUDA TOSEN, USUDA RUGEN, HIRAYAMA MIDORI, UKITA MINORU, HORI SUIDO, ANZAI YOSHIKO, WATANABE MICHIKO, HATSUMI TAISEI, MARUYAMA YOHI, ASANO KOSEI, IKEYAMA KOSHU, TOYAMA RIEI, MIKI SUIKO, SHIMAMOTO HAKUSHU, KAYANUMA KOCHIKU, NISHIHARA KEIGYOKU, KONDO SAIKA, AKASHI SHINDO, MIURA JUKO, INOUE TODO, OCHIAI KOSEI, HORIUCHI GENRO, IIDA KEIKO, SAITO SEICHO, GOTO TAIHO, HATSUZAWA WADO, SAITO ZUISEN, WATANABE KAEN, HIRAI KOSHU, YODA GYOSHU, SATOYAMA SHOGEN, SAGAWA UNSO, SAGAWA KOKI, HIRATA SEISHU, IOKA HIROMI, MIZUNO JUNKO, MOTOKI FUJIE, WATANABE SEIKO, YAZAWA FUJIO, YOSHIZAKI TSUTOMU, KATO HIROSHI, NISHIYAMA SHURAN, SANO KEISETSU, TADOKORO KOFU, ISHI AKIKO, KIMIZUKA JOKEI, SANTO MICHIKO, YAMASHITA RANTEI, ARAI CHIKEI