F April 2019 ~ Shoso Shimbo
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Events Calendar



8 May 2019: Japanese Aesthetics - From Ikebana to Contemporary Art.
RMIT Short Courses. A new term starts. http://bit.ly/1IFmuyl

29 May 2019: Deadline for joining Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival (tour participant)
Join Melbourne Ikebana Festival as an exhibitor. https://waikebana.blogspot.com/
メルボルンの花展に出展しませんか?

28 June 2019: Deadline for joining Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival (individual participant)
Join Melbourne Ikebana Festival as an exhibitor. https://waikebana.blogspot.com/
メルボルンの花展に出展しませんか?

30 June 2019: Deadline for the Ikebana Gallery Award 2019.
生け花学習者ならどなたでも無料で簡単に参加できる生け花コンクール。
http://bit.ly/ikebanaaward

30 June 2019: Deadline for application for Ikebana Gallery Award (IGA) Committee
生け花ギャラリー賞ではボランティアの運営委員を募集中です。
https://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com/2019/04/join-our-team.html

July 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019, Semifinalists will be announced. http://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com.au

August 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019 will be announced.
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31 August & 1 September 2019: Wa - Melbourne Ikebana Festival, Abbotsford Convent. Ikebana exhibition, award, workshops, performances, demos & ikebana market etc.
https://waikebana.blogspot.com/

31 August 2019: Ikebana Performance with the Grigoryan Brothers
Melbourne Recital Centre
Booking: http://bit.ly/IkebanaGrigoryan

30 September 2019: Deadline for submitting essay for International Journal of Ikebana Studies.
Would you like to get your ikebana essay published?
国際いけ花学会では日本語あるいは英語のエッセーを募集中です。
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Monday, 29 April 2019

"Plastic Art"

Shoso Shimbo has created several "Plastic Arts" commenting on plastic pollution. Three of them are included in this post.

1. Tainai Kuguri, Biennale of Australian Art, 13-19 October 2018. Mixed media, 150 X 150 X 400cm.





"Bring your plastic wastes (plastic bags, wrapping etc.) and attach them to Shoso’s installation, Plastic Tainai Kuguri at BOAA.

Just meditate how much we produce plastic wastes in a day (or in a week), and imagine a better way while walking through a Tainai (womb)".


While modern Western culture has been recognised by many as unsustainable, a number of indigenous cosmologies offer ecological wisdom allowing people to live in environmentally sensitive ways.

Similarly, environmental aesthetics and cosmology in Japanese traditional art such as Ikebana may offer alternative perspectives in considering strategies for sustainability.

Ikebana has been seeking a symbolic harmonious relationship between humans and nature since its inception in the 16th century.

As a contemporary Ikebana artist working in the current age of climate change and enhanced global warming, my art practice shares a lot with the increasingly significant Environmental Art movement.

While there are many definitions of Environmental Art, it shares with Ikebana one of its defining features, an ecocentric perspective in which humans are regarded as components of interconnected systems.

Through my work I hope to develop an alternative approach to Environmental Art and to investigate whether pre-modern Ikebana principles and its cosmologies could contribute to the development of Environmental Art as a vehicle of message, transforming socio-cultural values.

In my project at BOAA, I would like to focus on plastic pollution, creating an installation using plastic waste that invites viewers to participate and interact with the work.

2. Sea Snakes: Trash Vortexes, Lorne Sculpture 2018. Mixed media. 150 X 150 X 200cm (each of four pieces).




A colourful mass of plastic floating in oceans may have some aesthetic appeal, but the floating debris is not just dangerous to wildlife but, indirectly, has an adverse effect on our own health as the toxins found in plastic make their way up the food chain to our own plates. The problem of plastic pollution has become ubiquitous in our oceans, with 90% of sea birds consuming some kind of plastic, and over eight million tons of new plastic rubbish finding its way into the oceans every year.

This sculpture is made of a number of ropes made of plastic bags and wire. Ropes in ancient Japanese culture are a metaphor for snakes, which are a symbol of rebirth. Such a notion about snakes are notably common to many indigenous cultures. While the environmental problem of floating plastic may seem beyond our control, my hope is that, like the snake, we can shed our old skin and find a solution to the plastic problem in our new incarnation.

A small-scale educational and participatory element was implemented in this project. In the process of making this work, some secondary students were encouraged to join, bringing plastic bags from home to recycle and engaging in a discussion about environmental problems with the artist.

3. Whale’s Stomach, Arnold Bloch Leibler Prize, Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017. Mixed media. 150 X 150 X 250cm. 


In June 2017, a dying whale was found in Norway with over 30 plastic bags in its stomach. That was one of several similar environmental disasters. The interior of this sculpture is created from plastic waste that is often found in oceans. This work serves as a reminder of how damaging human impact can be on the environment.

Unlike Jordan’s Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009-2013), that has a similar motif, this work may not be as direct or distressing. The form of Whale’s Stomach is nothing like the actual biological form of a whale’s stomach. It is an imaginary abstract form. 

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Daily Meditation: From Our Garden


Wa: Ikebana Performance with the Grigoryan Brothers
31 August 2019
Melbourne Recital Centre
Booking: http://bit.ly/IkebanaGrigoryan

Please book early if you are interested. There are only 77 tickets left.

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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Shoso's Ikebana Performance


Wa: Ikebana Performance with the Grigoryan Brothers
31 August 2019

Melbourne Recital Centre
Booking: http://bit.ly/IkebanaGrigoryan

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival presents Ikebana artist Shoso Shimbo in concert with the Grigoryan Brothers. 


An award-winning floral artist and sculptor, Shoso has over 30 years experience as an Ikebana practitioner in the Sogetsu school. After completing Ikebana demonstrations in Japan, Germany and Romania in 2018, in this show he brings together his sculptural skills and his deep knowledge of floral design to create an installation in real time. 


Recognised for their “uncommon originality and authority” (The NY Times), The Grigoryan Brothers will select a program specially for this event from their broad repertoire embracing genres such as classic, jazz and contemporary music. 

The intimate nature of the Primrose Potter Salon makes it the perfect venue for this event. The audience can see the skill of the Grigoryan Brothers as they play, and witness the final work emerging as Shoso brings the elements together over the performance.


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Events Calendar


27 - 31 March 2019: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Shoso Shimbo won the silver award in the shop window competition. Thank you my team members, Shoto, Shokai, Shoen, Sophi, Jo, Jenny, Shoan 逍蘊 & Akemi Suzuki for great help.

April 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019, Semifinalists for the March 2019 quarter will be announced. http://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com.au

8 May 2019: Japanese Aesthetics - From Ikebana to Contemporary Art.
RMIT Short Courses. A new term starts. http://bit.ly/1IFmuyl

July 2019: Ikebana Gallery Award 2019, Semifinalists will be announced. http://ikebanaaustralia.blogspot.com.au

31 August 2019: Wa Ikebana Performance with the Grigoryan Brothers
Melbourne Recital Centre

31 August & 1 September 2019: Wa - Melbourne Ikebana Festival, Abbotsford Convent. Ikebana exhibition, award, workshops, performances, demos & ikebana market etc.
Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival 

http://www.shoso.com.au 
https://www.facebook.com/ikebanaaustralia