Kibe Seiho Solo Show
June 28, 2019–July 13, 2019
Thirty years ago, bamboo artist Kibe Seiho quit his job to attend the Oita Prefectural Bamboo Craft and Training Center in Beppu, Japan. Ten years ago, he had his first solo show in the United States at TAI Gallery in Santa Fe. Now, he is returning to show his new body of work. TAI Modern is pleased to present its upcoming exhibition Kibe Seiho in which the artist will showcase his finesse of balance and proportion and his mastery of traditional bamboo basket-making techniques.
Kibe uses bamboo from the thatched roofs of old farm houses in the area in which he grew up. The bamboo is naturally smoked by hearths built into the floors. The activities and lives of those who lived in the houses literally color Kibe’s baskets. Rich caramel coloring is the result of the cumulative effect of 100 years or more of human life and subtlety reminds viewers of the families and friends who sat together around the “irori” (sunken hearth) during cold winter days, warming food, drinking a cup of tea together.
Kibe’s age-old weaving techniques have been passed down from generation to generation. The artist’s work illustrates an ability to produce complex plaiting suggestive of quilting and exquisite rattan knots. His baskets exude a quietness that belies his personality, which is gregarious, earthy, and funny.
“I weave finely stripped bamboo to express the ephemerality of nature and to express my feelings and emotions. Simple forms, flowing lines, and calming colors are three elements I always keep in mind when I create my work.”
The artist became a full member of the Japan Craft Arts Association in 2000 and won prominent prizes at regional and national exhibitions thereafter. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Cotsen Bamboo Prize and won the Best of Show award at the 39th Seibu Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition. The following year, he won the Best of Show at the 10th national Wood and Bamboo Exhibition then the esteemed Chairman’s Prize at the 52nd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition. Kibe’s baskets are in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum and the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.
The opening is Friday, June 28, from 5-7pm. TAI Modern is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information and image requests, contact the gallery at (505) 984-1387 or firstname.lastname@example.org. TAI Modern is able to provide translation services to the press for questions or written communication with the artist.