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Title: Shibusa
Sub-title: Extracting Beauty
By (author): Monty Adkins, Pip Dickens
ISBN10-13: 1862181012 : 9781862181014
Illustrations: 103 colour & 13 b/w illus
Format: Paperback
Size: 280x210mm
Pages: 97
Weight: .552 Kg.
Published: University of Huddersfield Press - March   2012
List Price: 30.00 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 21
Subjects: Theory of art
This book celebrates a number of artistic endeavours: music, painting and the skill of making in general with particular reflection upon Japanese aesthetics. Composer, Monty Adkins and visual artist, Pip Dickens (through a Leverhulme Trust Award collaboration) investigate commonality and difference between the visual arts and music exploring aspects of rhythm, pattern, colour and vibration as well as outlining processes utilised to evolve new works within these practices. The hand-cut paper Katagami stencil: a beautiful utilitarian object once used to apply decoration on to Japanese kimonos, is used as a poignant symbol – the ‘hand-made machine’ - by Adkins and Dickens both within the production of paintings and sound compositions and as a thematic link throughout the book. The book reviews examples of a number of contemporary artists and craftspeople and their individual approaches to ‘making things well’. It explores the balance between hand skills and technology within a work’s production with particular reference to Richard Sennett’s review of material culture in The Craftsman. Shibusa includes contributing essays by arts writer, Roy Exley, who examines convergence and crossover within the arts and an in-depth history, and review, of the kimono making industry by Kyoto designer, Makoto Mori.
Table of Contents:
Exploding stillness; The katagami stencil: handmade machine; Pattern, rhythm, vibration and colour; Low tech and high tech: the tail should not wag the dog; Smashed pianos and dysfunctional brushes; Sharing of textures: crossovers in contemporary art; The craftsmen of Kyoto; History and techniques of the kimono.
About The Author:
Monty Adkins is a sound artist, performer and lecturer in digital music. He read music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and is currently Professor of Electronic Music and head of research in the Department of Music at the University of Huddersfield. He has published articles on the aesthetics of digital music, painting and visual art, and has recorded five solo CDs of his sonic art.
Pip Dickens was the Leverhulme Trust Award Artist in Residence in the Department of Music at the University of Huddersfield, 2010–11. She has a Masters in Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art (UCL). She was shortlisted for the NatWest Art Prize in 1997; was the recipient of the Jeremy Cubitt Prize (Slade School of Fine Art); won the Edna Lumb Art Travel Prize in 1995, where she undertook research in Iceland; was a nominee for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters in 2009; and was shortlisted for the Celeste Painting Prize in 2009. She is an independent professional artist. "
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