Uragaeshi (Inside Out)

Media - 2021.66.38 - SAAM-2021.66.38_1 - 143052
Copied Koji Tanaka, Uragaeshi (Inside Out), 2013, African mahogany, 6 18 in. × 29 in. × 2 78 in. (15.6 × 73.7 × 7.3 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jeffrey Bernstein, M.D. and Judith Chernoff, M.D., 2021.66.38

Artwork Details

Title
Uragaeshi (Inside Out)
Artist
Date
2013
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
6 18 in. × 29 in. × 2 78 in. (15.6 × 73.7 × 7.3 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Jeffrey Bernstein, M.D. and Judith Chernoff, M.D.
Mediums
Mediums Description
African mahogany
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2021.66.38

Artwork Description

Koji Tanaka’s sculptures are portals to different ways of seeing. The artist grew up in a traditional Japanese home, where he observed his mother’s calligraphy work and commitment to practice over perfection. Along these lines, he lets a single piece of wood dictate the forms. “I hold the wood in reverence and honor its life by presenting it in the different forms I create, knowing that it's not perfect.”


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