Of dust, An exhibition comprising 20 works

Bowen, Sian (2008) Of dust, An exhibition comprising 20 works. [Show/Exhibition]

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During the second phase of her Residency in Drawing at the V&A, Siân Bowen has been exploring threads of Junichiro Tanizaki’s celebrated discourse on Japanese aesthetics and architecture, In Praise of Shadows. Tanizaki’s premise that “…there is no beauty without shadows” lies at the core of these new works. As Bowen investigates architectural forms in miniature – 18th century Japanese okoshi-ezu or three-dimensional folding teahouse plans – the novelist’s comparison of shadows to dust, and his celebration of grime in relation to elegance, have been translated into visual terms. Many of her works in this exhibition have evolved through the age-old technique of maki-e which involves dusting wet Japanese lacquer with pure silver or gold powder. The resulting works – photographic images of the teahouse models transposed onto lacquered surfaces – bring together ancient and contemporary techniques and materials, and in doing so blur the boundaries between photography, print, painting and drawing.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: Shortlisted for Jerwood drawing prize in 2009.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Serigraphy
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 15:43
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:11
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/108

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