|Rip a go go (for Yukio Nakagawa)|
|Written by Satoshi KOGANEZAWA|
|Published: November 12 2008|
Do you know Yukio Nakagawa (born in 1918)? He learned Ikenobo-style Ikebana from his grandmother, and in 1950, joined Hakkuto-sha, the Ikebana research group presided over by Mirei Shigemori, landscape researcher and gardener. In 1951, he became disaffiliated from Ikenobo. He is the only flower artist to have continued creating avant-garde artworks. One of Azuma's friends told him about Nakagawa when he started a flower shop. Nakagawa's art and direction using flowers/plants influenced him greatly. "Rip a go go (for Yukio Nakagawa)" is a homage from Azuma to Nakagawa.
Nakagawa created some artworks using tulips, one of which is "Open" (1976), and Azuma created this artwork based on that. Two thousand tulips were sealed in an acrylic box. As time went by, their shapes broke down, liquid was exuded, and everything quietly dissolved. On the other hand, the monitor displayed a bunch of tulips streaming with what seemed to be blood. To be accurate, a tulip does not move voluntarily, but Azuma showed them like that. However, I could understand that it looked as if the tulips were moving of their own free will. Azuma's job is to extract the potential of flowers/plants - and Nakagawa is his radical and sincere pioneer.
Artist: Makoto Azuma
Material: Tulips, acrylic case
Size: H140 x W440 x D340 (acrylic case) , H105 x W3,150 x D1,125 (photo case)
Note: AMPG 15th Exhibition (June 1st - 20th, 2008)
Exhibition Style: three-dimensional work, photos, movies, concept sheet
|Last Updated on November 01 2015|