“Always I am listening to the heart-beat of the Earth and my creations echo this pulse of Nature.”
The easy answers come from Kawana, whose installations are influenced by his mastery of ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangement. In that way, he finds different qualities in different parts of the bamboo and reworks them with a human touch.
Bamboo is very important in Japanese culture. The Japanese do many things for their lives from bamboo, but also it has deep spiritual connections.
« In my work I use freshly cut green bamboo. I must respect this bamboo; it has life, energy, and beauty of its own. I cannot control it one hundred percent. I must communicate with the bamboo in order to make it work successfully. I must extract the energy and beauty of the bamboo and give it new life in my creation, a sort of “reincarnation” for the bamboo. »
« I cannot create these large installations all by myself. I need a group of volunteers to help me construct the installation. Each project brings together people who probably have never met before and who become connected to one another through teamwork and achievement. Since they are almost all from the local community, it also provides a true connection to this community. The volunteers come from many sectors of the community, artists, students, retirees, museum interns, and people passionate about nature. I want the volunteers to share with me the happiness of creation. They are part of the creative process and together we “make art.” Together we experience how creating art transcends discord, war, the evils of this world, and brings peace and joy. I also want to connect with all the people of the community who come to see my work. If you can feel this connection, then we share the power that art possesses.
For me, these meetings and connections are very exciting. “Treasure every meeting for it will never occur again.” This is the way I understand “connection.” My work is ephemeral. It only lasts for a short time, but I hope that connecting with my work will be a memory that lasts forever. »
Bamboo is greatly used in mingei or folk craft. But at the end of the 20th century, as people began to think about the natural environment, they began turning to bamboo for new uses…charcoal, flooring, plywood, vinegar, paper.
« my teacher, Teshigahara Hiroshi, found new use for bamboo as a medium for fine art. So, as an installation artist, I am using bamboo as my medium, taking bamboo beyond utilitarian daily use to the level of art where it gives people new experience. »
Tetsunori Kawana live’s in Tokyo and New York.
1992 / stade adjoint et directeur artistique, l'opéra "Turandot", Lyon, France, assister le directeur, Hiroshi Teshigahara.
1994 / Directeur artistique, Jeux olympiques d'hiver de Nagano __gVirt_NP_NN_NNPS<__ "démonstration", Lillehammer, en Norvège, sous la supervision de Hiroshi Teshigahara.
1995 / Installation au "Festival d'Art Japon," Numazu, Japon
1996 / Installation à "Arte Sella" comme l'un des dix artistes invités internationaux, Borgo, Italie.
1997 concepteur / Stage, Matto international Taiko Festival "Extagia", Ishikawa, Japon
2000 / installation et la direction, "Yebisu Garden Place anniversaire," Tokyo
2001 / Installation au Japon Art Festival, Numazu, Japon
Conception / Exposition, "Pierre Cardin: Le 50e anniversaire," 2002 Nihonbashi Takashimaya magasin, Tokyo
2005 Installation / Bamboo au Jardin de la apothicaires, Moscou
Conception 2006 / Exposition, Grand New York Orchid Society spectacle annuel, le Rockefeller Center, New York
2007 / installation et la conception de l'exposition pour le 80e anniversaire de l'école Sogetsu de l'ikebana, Shinjuku Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo
2008 Installation / Bamboo au Jardin botanique de New York comme pièce maîtresse pour "Kiku" l'exposition du jardin, le plus grand spectacle jamais de chrysanthèmes de style japonais en Amérique du Nord
2008 / Démonstration de la technique de bambou et de la création d'une installation de bambou au Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
2008 / Démonstration de Sogetsu ikebana dans le Palais Polovtsev à Saint-Pétersbourg, en Russie, pour un public de 200
2008 Installation / Bamboo au Jardin botanique de New York comme pièce maîtresse pour la deuxième "Kiku" exposition du Jardin.
2009 / installation de Bamboo commandée par la Japan Society, New York, que le travail de signature pour "New Bamboo" l'exposition de la Société.
2011 Installation / Bamboo "cinq éléments - l'eau" à la National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australie.
2012 / bambou installation "Passages: Muraille Verte» pour le 75e anniversaire du Musée de la Monnaie de l'Art, Charlotte, Caroline du Nord.