TAI Modern , Stand n° 

Fusion IV -  Morigami Jin

Morigami Jin Fusion IV

Flowing Pattern A - Honma Hideaki

Honma Hideaki Flowing Pattern A

< Color > Wheel -  Jason Salavon

Jason Salavon < Color > Wheel
This project builds a standard, tertiary ROYGBV color wheel from thousands of images returned by queries for color terms. While the results mostly conform to expectations (e.g. 'orange' predominantly returns images of orange things), there are some important exceptions ('+blue +violet' yields a lot of flesh-tone and is most definitely not safe for work).

Here, the interest lies in mapping a "semantic gradient" to a color gradient through the amoral & skewed lens of search engines.1

Exhibiting Artists

  • Monden Yuichi  (+)

    Biography : Monden Yuichi's father, Monden Kogyoku, discouraged him from pursuing a career as a bamboo artist because of the economic hardships of the life. Heeding his advice, Monden Yuichi chose to become an engineer but not before spending countless hours observing his father at work. Although not formally trained, this study gave him the tools he needed to produce one basket a year, which he submitted to local exhibitions. The bamboo arts were never far from his thoughts. In 1998, when he retired from engineering, he attended the Beppu Occupational School and studied under Tanabe Nobuyuki, a top student of Japanese Living Treasure Shono Shounsai. Then he returned to the Hiroshima area where he was born and dedicated himself to bamboo sculpture. In 2004, he won the Newcomers Prize at Japan's Gendai Kogei Exhibition and the next year he had his first successful admission in the prestigious Nitten show. His work is part of the collection at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City and was represented in "The Next Generation" exhibit at the University of Arkansas. A marathon runner with an exuberant personality, Monden brings a fresh, vibrant energy to his still-developing work.

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Other Represented Artists

  • Erik Benson

  • Tanabe Chikuunsai IV

    Biography : Tanabe was born to one of Japan's most prestigious bamboo pedigrees. From a young age he gravitated towards bamboo, making his first piece when he was only 7 or 8. Like his father, Tanabe Chikuunsai III, he attended art school and earned a degree in sculpture. In 2017 he became Chikuunsai IV, representing the fourth generation of bamboo artists in his family. Tanabe continues to keep his family’s heritage alive by mastering the traditional basket forms and techniques that the Tanabe family is known for, but he has also established his own career as a sculptor known for organic abstract forms and room-size installations constructed from tiger bamboo. The artist has received many accolades, including the Enku Prize from the Gifu Museum of Arts in 2013 and Best of Show at the 44th Japanese Traditional Craft Arts Kinki Exhibition in 2015. He is also active outside Japan, exhibiting in the US, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Korea. His work is in the collections of the British Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Savannah College of Art and Design, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

  • Sasai Fumie

  • Nakatomi Hajime

  • Honma Hideaki  (+)

    Biography : b. 1959 As a young man Honma was a soldier in the Japanese air force. After an accident caused a loss of sight in one eye, he was forced to resign. His uncle and adopted father, the esteemed bamboo artist Honma Kazuaki had no heir so Honma, who loved to draw and work with his hands, stepped in to carry on the family's bamboo business. On his native Sado Island, Honma is inspired by the abundant natural beauty. Bamboo provides a vehicle for expressing his passion and appreciation for the plants and animals that surround him in his daily life. He uses menya, a type of soft, pliable bamboo, that only grows on the island. In addition to practicing karate and tea ceremony, Honma balances his devotion to his family with a commitment to community, spending much of his time as an advocate of local culture. Recently he has re-dedicated himself to developing his distinctive style, separate from his well-known father. His work is included in the collection of the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Honma Hideaki - Flowing Pattern A Flowing Pattern A

  • Torii Ippo

  • Morigami Jin  (+)

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Morigami Jin - Fusion IV Fusion IV

  • Nagakura Kenichi

  • Tanaka Kyokusho

  • Siobhan McBride

  • Fujinuma Noboru

  • Sugiura Noriyoshi

  • Fukunishi Ryosei

  • Yamaguchi Ryuun

  • Jason Salavon  (+)

    Biography : Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material to present new perspectives on the familiar. Though formally varied, his projects frequently manipulate the roles of individual elements arranged in diverse visual populations. This often unearths unexpected pattern as the relationship between the part and the whole, the individual and the group, is explored. Reflecting a natural attraction to popular culture and the day-to-day, his work regularly incorporates the use of common references and source material. The final compositions are exhibited as art objects, such as photographic prints and video installations, while others exist in a real-time software context. Born in Indiana (1970), raised in Texas, and based in Chicago, Salavon earned his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from The University of Texas at Austin. His work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world. Reviews of his exhibitions have been included in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, and WIRED. Examples of his artwork are included in prominent public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago among many others. Previously, he taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was employed for numerous years as an artist and programmer in the video game industry. He is currently associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago.

    Artist's Documents:

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Jason Salavon - < Color > Wheel < Color > Wheel

  • Kibe Seiho

  • Isohi Setsuko

  • Kawashima Shigeo

  • Tanioka Shigeo

  • Yufu Shohaku

  • Kawano Shoko

  • Fujitsuka Shosei

    Biography : b.1949 Fujitsuka's range is broad, from typical basket and vessel forms to abstract sculptures inspired by nature. Because his pieces defy neat categorization, he was for decades rejected for exhibitions in Japan. However he persisted in making the risky aesthetic choices that have won him the freedom to express his distinctive voice. "People involved in the traditional craft group in Japan are working more on technique," he notes, "but design is more interesting to me." After graduation from high school, Fujitsuka worked for a record producer and a company that serviced optical equipment. The rigid corporate environment didn't suit him; he longed for the opportunity to work for himself and the time to pursue astronomy, an avocation that continues to absorb him today. In 1972, inspired by items in a bamboo shop window, he began an apprenticeship with Baba Shodo. For more than two decades he earned his living making bamboo lampshades until his work was rewarded with a Superior Prize at the Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition. Fujitsuka has been honored with television appearances, prizes, and solo and group exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the United States. His work is in the collections of the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs and the Japan Foundation.

  • Katsushiro Soho

  • Honda Syoryu

  • Monique van Genderen


TAI Modern has been the world’s premier gallery for contemporary Japanese bamboo art for 20 years. The gallery represents more than 35 Japanese bamboo artists, as well as select American artists working in a variety of media.


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