Japanese artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV pushes the boundaries of bamboo art. He creates soaring, twisting forms that stretch from floor to ceiling. These dramatic, immersive environments are meant to make us think of the bamboo forests where these works began their lives (below).
The installation (top of post) at Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is on through August.
Tanabe Chikuunsai IV magnifies the scale of traditional Japanese basket-making techniques, weaving together past and present into astonishing, gallery-sized organic shapes that have captivated audiences across the globe – exhibition notes
The easiest way to understand the power of his work, and the reason for his reputation, is this time-lapse video of the artist installing previous work, The Gate, at the Met in New York.
Asian Art Museum, here.
Tanabe Chikuunsai IV website, here.