Friday, February 5, 2010

Zhou Hao (周豪) at Gallery Kobo (巷房) in Ginza (100202)

I walked into Gallery Kobo (巷房) and began contemplating images such as the one on the promotional postcard here:

Fortunately, Zhou Hao (周豪), the artist who created them, was on hand to talk about the art, and we got into a discussion about paper - about how the quality, texture, durability, etc. of paper strongly influences the things we end up writing, drawing, or painting on it.

The paper used for the exhibit was Chinese paper he explained, and is very thin and generally made from bamboo - meant to be written on with a brush, not a sharp-tipped pen.  He said it promoted a careful, soft touch, while tougher paper promotes bolder and harsher strokes.

It makes sense - on the (not very often these days!) occasions when I'm writing something by hand, certainly there is a different feel to it depending on the quality of the paper.  And there's something much more satisfying about writing things by hand... but most of my writing now is - from start to finish - via the keyboard....

The exhibit is in the 3rd floor part of Gallery Kobo (they also have display space in the basement of the same building - the Okuno Building.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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