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images from upaya

Post #474 • February 15, 2005, 8:37 AM • 8 Comments

Images from Kazuaki Tanahashi's calligraphy retreat at Upaya. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Big, big thank you's to Tigertail.

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Momoko

February 15, 2005, 6:58 PM

A Japanese elementary school classroom filled with aged gaijin students?

You didn't post your calligraphy works?

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Franklin

February 15, 2005, 7:07 PM

I'll shoot some of the better ones and do a New Art post sometime soon.

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Chad Harris

February 15, 2005, 7:44 PM

Right-o Momoko, these are all Europeans or Americans. Japanese culture is so heavily fetishized in the West. I always wondered what most Japanese felt about that? Probably proud.

The instructor looks like he's from a MOVIE! Looks like a really amazing class. Dorky photo tip Franklin: In a backlight situation, you should overexpose.

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Franklin

February 15, 2005, 9:58 PM

Chad, the influence goes both ways, of course, and this is one of the phenomena that suggests to me that beauty and quality have some kind of universal aspect. Not totally universal, but potentially universal. That is, not everyone will see it or agree on it, but individuals throughout any subset of people will.

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Chad Harris

February 15, 2005, 10:05 PM

We should not ignore the power of exoticism, however. You're right, our own culture is very heavily appropriated by the Japanese. I think it's great.

Where's oldpro on all this?

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oldpro

February 16, 2005, 2:38 AM

Oldpro is saying look back a hundred some years, in art at least, and see the tremendous influence the Japanese had on us.

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Franklin

February 16, 2005, 2:44 AM

Tanahashi-sensei spoke about his admiration for the postwar abstractionists, and referred to Franz Kline as one of his great heroes. He also said that Pollock had at one point encouraged people around him to pick up a Japanese magazine about modern calligraphy, but later denied ever doing so. His description of seeing Pollock for the first time was touching in its heartfelt appreciation and wonder.

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michel

February 28, 2005, 3:03 PM

bonjour, j'arrive sur ce site..... SVP que signifie upaya ? Merci pour la ronse et le dut ou la continuation de mon cheminement... Colette de GRASSE, ville du parfum en FRANCE (Cote d'Azur) c'est dre ; je viens de lire un livre de VERDIER et je trouve votre site.

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