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Bamboo okimono called “transmigration of sols”
Honda Shōryū (b. 1951)
Bamboo madake and rattan, ca. 2004-2006
23 cm x 25 cm x 52(h) cm
Tomobako

HONDA Shōryū 聖流 is one of 17 contemporary artists represented in the exhibition “Modern Twist” held at The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Hanford, CA (November 2012 to January 2013).

Honda Shōryū hails from Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. He studied in Beppu (Oita prefecture) the center of bamboo production for all of Kyushu, and a significant number of the bamboo objects used in daily life is produced in this area. At the start of his career, Honda studied flower basket making, and continued to produce these baskets for many years to earn a living. Eventually, he felt restricted by the conventions of traditional ikebana basketry. His current sculptures signify a new trajectory in bamboo design, and demonstrate Honda’s departure from his earlier focus on functional vessels. Inspired by nature, time, and space—tube-like, contorted forms have become a staple in the evolution of Honda’s personal sculptural style.

Awards
1981 Association Prize, 16th Exhibition of Japanese
Traditional Art Crafts from Western Japan
(Nishi Nihon dentō kōgei ten)
1986 Ōita Governor’s Prize, 21st Exhibition of Japanese
Traditional Art Crafts from Western Japan
(Nishi Nihon dentō kōgei ten)
2000 Finalist, 1st Cotsen Bamboo Prize
2002 Finalist, 2nd Cotsen Bamboo Prize
2004 Finalist, 3rd Cotsen Bamboo Prize

Selected Collections
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California
Clark Center for Japanese Arts and Culture, Hanford, California
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

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