The image below shows the calligraphy on the kimono silk which is forming the shape of Fat Man, the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945. I copied the original calligraphy done by Yosano Buson in 1778 called Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) by Matsuo Basho. Considered to be one of the major text of classical Japanese literature, Basho’s work is based on an journey he made in the late spring of 1689 during which he passed through modern-day Fukushima.
participated an artists’ crossroads event at Glyph Cafe: An Evening of Karumi. Karumi means a “light beauty with subtlety,” and defined the qualities found in the later poems of haiku master Matsuo Bashō.
Mukashi yori yomi okeru uta makura…..Of all the many places celebrated in poetry since ancient times, most have vanished. Mountains have crumbled, rivers taken new courses, and roads new routes. Stones have been buries and hidden in the earth, and old trees have given way to saplings. Time passes and the world changes… reading off of the inscribed journal– The Trip to The Deep North by Bashō at the event on July 27th, 2014.
June 1 – August 1, 2014
Yukiyo Kawano’s hand-dyed silk and paper installation is a study after Bashō’s prosimetric work, Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North). Considered to be one of the major texts of classical Japanese literature, Bashō’s work is based on a journey he made in the late spring of 1689 during which he passed through modern-day Fukushima. Kawano’s delicate piece revisits and personalizes the legacy of the nuclear era and the 2011 Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Fukushima.
The show ended May 8th 2014
sumi ink, ink pen, hemp washi paper, cotton paper (125” x 11”) An accordion-style book/journal shows the process of constructing Fat Man (folded).
Detail of the journal: a top thin layer shows some of the six months’ (translated) correspondence with hibakusha (Hiroshima victims), while showing the journal beneath appearing through its translucent body.
Detail of the journal: the journal beneath shows the thinking process of an artist.
watercolor, gouache, ink pen on 100% cotton paper
18” x 24”
some of 35 sketches/mind maps used during a construction of Little Boy (folded). All the 35 sketches contain an image of a figure (self image) wearing the kimono that was used to construct Little Boy (folded).