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Post  Walter Pall on Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:47 pm

I was asked to provide 15 to 20 shohin for an upcoming shohin exhibit in Bavaria, Germany. They just wanted the trees with stands. Now how many small stands does one have? Anyway, since quite a while I was contemplating the possibility to show shohin in a modern way. I am just not smart enough for these rules and regulations that one rads about exhibition shohin. And I don't have the tables nor scrolls. But I think I have a feeling how I would exhibit small artifacts in general without any reference to bonsai tadition. So I had a couple dozen of these acrylic blocks made. They are very well done, look professional and are water proof.
These are my first tries. One set for broadleaved trees and the other one for conifers. I am sure traditionalists will tear me to pieces. Well, this is my first try and I possibly will improve this. But I will certainly not change it to traditional.
The conifer one does not please me really, while I like the broadleaved one. So we will have to try a bit more.








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Re: modern shohin display

Post  Todd Ellis on Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:01 pm

You use what you have to work with. Art is art and your displays look very nice, neat, simple (is best) and pleasing to look at. I would love to have "that many stands and scrolls too", but like you said, who has that many?
Your shohin trees are beautiful! Salut, Todd

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Post  thomasj on Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:05 pm

I see nothing wrong with this display in fact I like it a lot. Sure it's a long way from the traditional sense, but it has that eye catching appeal for sure. It also helps very much that the flow of the trees, the way you organized your set up, works really with the different heights and placement of the cubes. Though I would consider myself pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to bonsai, I also let my eyes and my heart judge what I see, and this looks really good to me. Very Happy

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:21 pm

My main argument about these displays -- especially the first two -- is that they are a bit sterile, and regimental. The third display is a bit better. Super trees, but the stands seen to steal the show.

IMO, of course.

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Post  MACH5 on Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:32 pm

Walter I like stepping out of what's traditional. I love the idea! Are you thinking of breaking up the space between the cubes in your final display?? Also I would perhaps consider varying the proportions of the cubes even more so. Perhaps this is what Jim is referring to. Right now looks a bit too repetitious.

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Post  Kalogero on Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:46 pm

Hi Walter,
I like the idea, but the trees seem to be a little too "straight", like a military procession. Why do not break symmetry a little ?

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Post  Guest on Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:52 pm

Walter,

As a practicing architectural designer and landscape designer i love your display. IMHO-its like a modern a modern building blocks, complemented by a minimalist landscape . simply neat and nice. i think it will complement with other traditional display in the show... like modern buildings in built in china that compliments the traditional surroundings.

regards,
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Post  Guest on Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:12 pm

Hi Walther

Despite being that "traditionalist" I do like your modern display Shocked A few comments that might give inspiration to improve them further from my point of view.

I would like fewer trees in the display, adding space between some of the cubes. As it is now, it is difficult for the eye to find a fixation point and peace. And the cubes are dominating too much this way, but breaking them up will give a more pleasing setup I think.

Maybe mixing the broad-leaf trees with conifers will add more dynamic to the displays as well, but that is not necessary. As long as there are dynamic movement between the trees. There are good balance between the peaces, and the no trees are pointing out of the display. A rule/guideline that is important in a shohin display. (I clearly prefer guideline in stead of rule. It is commonly misunderstood that there are rules regarding everything. Only the height of the trees and the space the organisers allows for displaying are rules to organize).

Using `what you haveĀ“ is a necessity for most of us. So we go for it with what we have available. Your trees looks fine by the way.

Please do not think of the traditional display of Shohin as being "ruled" out of development. There are many ways to express the seasons if that is one wants to do. No rules, just guidelines - also for traditionalists Very Happy

Shohin-bonsai is about showing the feeling of the season (if we like to take the original approach), and this can be expressed in many ways. Yours is one way to do it. Showing flowering/fruit bearing trees will improve that part.

I am currently waiting for an artist to paint some new scrolls for display, that will not be the traditional Japanese ones. If they work I will show them here later on. Even traditionalists dare lol!

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Post  Kevin Yates on Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:33 pm

Hi Walter,
I'm finding it interesting that recently a majority of your posts here and on your blog, you set up the images/displays/bonsai containers by stating that "the traditionalist won't like this", but the responses I read are all positive.
I personally don't find what you are creating that radical, the stands look very much like modern methods of store front window display, and your resent naturalistic rock inspired pots are in sense variations on rock/moon primitive pots. I enjoy them, but I don't see how or why you feel people won't. What I would love to hear instead is why you have paired up trees to pots, and trees to stands and as the artist explain more of your intension behind each, and why you feel it is more interesting and exciting. Please don't see this as any sort of attack, that is not my intension but just that I've been waiting for a bit more about what your work is about from you.
As for this post, I think it is interesting that you have been recently swapping out your traditional angular pots for naturalistic pots, to I assume compliment the the naturalistic trees, but in this display you are enforcing anything but this naturalistic approach.
Thanks,
Kevin

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Post  mike page on Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:58 pm

Walter, I like your idea. It's a very clean and museum-like display. Having said that, one comment. I would like to see more change in altitude from tree to tree. The overall display seems too "regular".

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Post  Guest on Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:10 pm

I have to agree with Grafton. This is nothing new at all. Colin Lewis was displaying trees like this over 20 years ago.

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Post  pootsie on Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:11 pm

It is not traditional!

GET HIM!

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Post  irene_b on Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:42 pm

I LOVE IT!!!

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Post  Bob Bailey on Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:11 pm


Sorry Walter,as much as I admire you as a bonsai artist your shohin displays remind me of a bonsai sales area in a nursery or trade stand at a show.Lovely trees though.
An old traditionilst B.B

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Post  Mike Jones on Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:36 pm

Hello Walter

I believe anyone who is not a Bonsai enthusiast visiting the show will love the display of Shohin that you have created, and see absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever. In which case I would say you have succeeded rather well.

I suppose I may have a different idea for displaying the Shohin, as indeed would others. That however is what makes life so interesting and fun. Oh hell, it would be a boring life if we all agreed on the same things. Thank goodness for individualism.

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