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Burnt Book by Nishimura Yohei
Please refer to our stock # 1361 when inquiring.
A book for the blind written in braille soaked in clay and burnt into a fluffy mass by Nishimura Yohei enclosed in a Perspex case and made to be hung on the wall. The fragile cover has been partially torn away, revealing the inside like some secret treasure of hidden knowledge. What does he wish to tell us through these shattered pages? Nishimura uses his kiln to remove objects such as books from the time stream by carbonizing the object, he leaves us with the concept of the object he started with, an idea; the object itself has gone with the heat and flames. The case is 15 x 19 x 6-3/8 inches (38 x 48 x 13.5 cm); in excellent condition. Due to its fragile nature this piece will require special shipping consideration.
Nishimura Yohei was born in 1953 in Hokkaido. He graduated from the Arts Department of Tokyo University of Education He received the Foreign Minister Prize in the Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition in 1977. A pioneer in specialized teaching for the blind in Japan, he served for 23 years at a school for the visually impaired in Chiba where he taught children to make three-dimensional art using modeling clay. He also directed the Nishimura Research Center at Japan’s Women’s University in Tokyo. His works can be found in numerous collections including those of the National Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the National Ceramic Museum in Sèvres, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, the Ariana Museum in Geneva and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. -
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