Ikebana (, Japanese flower arranging) developed in the 16th century as a medium of refined artistic expression. As an aesthetic system allowing infinite variation and experimentation, its fundamental principles of compositional balance, contrast, abstraction, and metaphor foreshadowed by several centuries the development of twentieth-century abstract art. Assembling plant materials cut at precise stages of growth, bloom, and decay, the ikebana artist fashions a deceptively “natural” arrangement through artificial means.
On Monday afternoon, April 6th, the GSD will host a lecture-demonstration of ikebana technique led by Mr. Hiroki Ohara. In addition to his role as the fifth-generational headmaster of the Ohara School of Ikebana, Hiroki Ohara is a practicing contemporary artist, whose large-scale, site-specific works have blurred the boundaries of ikebana, land art and performance art. Please join us for what promises to be a lively event!
Sponsored by the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Loeb Library Materials Collection, and JapanGSD.
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