Stories In Steel Exhibit

October 27th - November 30th, 2014

Toronto

 

In the spring of 2014, an idea that I'd been nurturing for some time chose that moment to bloom into a full-blown obsession. As most people in our community know, Japanese swords and sword fittings are typically viewed in terms of craft and their functionality. While a case can easily be made for Japanese sword fittings from the late Edo to Meiji periods as being art in a very real sense, cultural disconnection has relegated these wonderful little "paintings" to the dusty corners of the antique craft label (a discussion for another time).

My idea was to find good examples of tsuba in a particular style, make them primarily as studies for my own education, then present them in a recognizeable format. I figured if the traditional ways of examining and studying tsuba were removed and they were put into a more familiar gallery setting, then perhaps the inherent beauty of this style of work can be appreciated by a wider audience.

There was a huge response to the show - I had many wonderful conversations with people about these tsuba and I thank everyone who came out to see what on earth I was doing.

Higo Hayashi Plum Blossom Tsuba
Higo Hayashi Plum Blossom Tsuba

14-10-10 Copy of a Higo tsuba made for the "Stories in Steel" exhibit, October 27th-November 30th, Toronto. Steel plate with copper sekigane. 80mm x 82mm x 4mm. Private collection (RR), Canada.

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Shoami Tadpoles Tsuba
Shoami Tadpoles Tsuba

14-10-10 Interpretation of an antique tsuba made for the "Stories in Steel" exhibit, October 27th-November 30th, Toronto. Steel plate with copper sekigane. 77mm x 78mm x 4mm. Private collection (EC), Germany.

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Akasaka Seasonal Grasses Tsuba
Akasaka Seasonal Grasses Tsuba

14-10-10 Copy of an Akasaka tsuba made for the "Stories in Steel" exhibit, October 27th-November 30th, Toronto. Steel plate with copper sekigane. 80mm x 81mm x 4mm. Private collection (KB), Poland.

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Akasaka 3 Cranes Tsuba
Akasaka 3 Cranes Tsuba

14-10-10 Copy of an Akasaka tsuba made for the "Stories in Steel" exhibit, October 27th-November 30th, Toronto. Steel plate with copper sekigane. 79mm x 84mm x 4mm. Private collection (KB), Poland.

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Akasaka Pine Trees Tsuba
Akasaka Pine Trees Tsuba

14-10-10 Copy of an Akasaka tsuba made for the "Stories in Steel" exhibit, October 27th-November 30th, Toronto. Steel plate with copper sekigane. 81mm x 85mm x 4mm. Private collection (PH), Ireland.

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Akasaka Cricket, Grass & Moon Tsuba
Akasaka Cricket, Grass & Moon Tsuba

14-10-10 Copy of an Akasaka tsuba made for the "Stories in Steel" exhibit, October 27th-November 30th, Toronto. Steel plate with copper sekigane. 79mm x 84mm x 4mm. Private collection (KB), Poland.

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Akasaka 4 Seasons Tsuba
Akasaka 4 Seasons Tsuba

14-10-10 Copy of an Akasaka tsuba made for the "Stories in Steel" exhibit, October 27th-November 30th, Toronto. Steel plate. 79mm x 81mm x 4mm. Private collection (GC), UK.

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