Thursday, February 14, 2008

“A Night of Elephants” Hiroshi Sunairi at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art 2005

“A Night of Elephants” Flyer

Images of elephant in India, 2005
Photography by Sunairi

Images of elephant in India, 2005
Drawings by Sunairi

"A Night of Elephant"
Hibaku Tree branches and leaves, metal, metal sheet, ceramic and found objects
12 ft x 12ft x 3ft

Sunday, February 03, 2008

ELEPHANT DINNER - Silence in the Light

"Elephant Dinner"
Ceramic installation
6ft x 3ft x 2 ft

Text: "Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant" for “Elephant Dinner”

"Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant."

"When the blind men had felt the elephant, the raja went to each of them and said to each, 'Well, blind man, have you seen the elephant? Tell me, what sort of thing is an elephant?'

"Thereupon the men who were presented with the head answered, 'Sire, an elephant is like a pot.' And the men who had observed the ear replied, 'An elephant is like a winnowing basket.' Those who had been presented with a tusk said it was a ploughshare. Those who knew only the trunk said it was a plough; others said the body was a grainery; the foot, a pillar; the back, a mortar; the tail, a pestle, the tuft of the tail, a brush.
---Jainism and Buddhism. Udana 68-69:

O how they cling and wrangle, some who claim
For preacher and monk the honored name!

For, quarreling, each to his view they cling.

Such folk see only one side of a thing.

---Jainism and Buddhism. Udana 68-69:

Saturday, February 02, 2008

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Curated by Jan Van Woensel

War, beauty, and survival

Vanessa Albury, Jesse Bransford, Jacob Cohen, Mila Geisler, Pamela Jue, Caroline Polachek, Max Razdow, Hiroshi Sunairi

Curated by Jan Van Woensel
During the Cold War, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) planned to broadcast The Sound of Music on radio in the event of a nuclear strike on the United Kingdom. The show would be part of an emergency timetable of programs designed to "reassure" the public in the aftermath of the attack.
An altered, simplified and popular version of the life of Maria Augusta von Trapp (1905 – 1987) is depicted in the 1965 movie musical The Sound of Music. In Salzburg, Austria, before the outbreak of the Second World War, Maria wedded naval commander Georg Ritter von Trapp. Partly due to strong economic pressures from Germany, the family lost their fortune in 1935. To survive, the Trapps sent away most of their servants, moved into the top floor of their house, and rented the empty rooms to students of the Catholic University. The family began turning its love of music into a career. After performing at a festival, they became a popular touring act. Shortly after the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938, and topped by the Nazi pressure on Georg to join the Third Reich’s Kriegsmarine, the family escaped to Italy and then to the United States. *
As a primary source of inspiration for the exhibition, the adventures of The Sound of Musicsymbolize family, protection, the great evil, survival, and romance. The exhibition explores how concepts of disruption (global and domestic, collective and personal,) beauty and survival inspire a selection of American, or in America living artists.

Hiroshi Sunairi
is originally from Hiroshima, Japan. His recent body of works focuses predominantly on the slow process of healing after times of great disaster such as the dropping of the atomic bombs at the end of World War II, and 9/11. Sunairi’s Hibaku Tree Project is an ongoing project celebrating the Gingko tree, the second generation of the tree that survived the atomic bombing. The artist gives seedlings of the tree to people in the United States, inviting them to plant and take care of the growing tree. Hereby, Sunairi’s project introduces feelings of harmony, guilt, and remembrance between two nations. The Hibaku tree in The Sound of Musicis a gift to Nancy Barton, chair of the department of art and art professions at NYU.