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Enignum Locus - Tsubaki Chairs I-III



To commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland, Yufuku Gallery Tokyo, in collaboration with Joseph Walsh Studios of Cork, Ireland, is proud to announce the debut exhibition Joseph Walsh in Japan, to be held at the venerable Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture from the 16th of November to the 10th of December, 2017.


The Tsubaki exhibition will be the very first time that the studio’s works will be exhibited in Japan, and will also mark the first stage in a three-part project to introduce the works of Joseph Walsh in Japan. The second stage will be held at the Sogetsu Art Centre, the headquarters of the famed School of Ikebana flower arrangement, within their atrium designed and created by the legendary sculptor Isamu Noguchi, whereas the third stage is currently slated for 2020 in a public venue that will be announced in 2018.


Three new and original chairs will be on view, influenced by and made specifically for the Tsubaki Shrine. Celebrating its 2000th anniversary in 1997, Tsubaki Shrine is one of the oldest and most respected Shinto shrines in Japan, and its current head, the Reverend Yukiyasu Yamamoto, is its 97th generation leader.

Wahei Aoyama, Yufuku Gallery, October 2017


"In the Enignum series of work, I have stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions. I then shape through these layers to reveal not only the honesty of the structure but the sculpted form which is a unique collaboration of man and material. The title derives from the Latin words Enigma ('mystery') and Lignum ('wood'), for me they sum up the series: the mystery of the composition lies in the material."
Joseph Walsh  

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