Hideki Tokushige’s “Honebana” (Bone Flowers) Exhibit opens in Tribeca this Wednesday, March 14. Tokushige has been sculpting stunning flower shapes out of animal bones since 2008, though his Curriculum Vitae notes 2004 as the year he first “[r]eturn to pick up the raccoon was dead on the road, take bones the first time [sic].”
Of his work, Tokushige says, “[i]t was not a matter of having an exhibition in a gallery or offering an appreciation of an art work dealing with the behavior or the process of “Bone Flowers” what I had in mind was to reconsider the ideal existence of “Bone Flowers”.
Hoping to accent the relationship between life and death, Tokushige’s roadside discovery, and training as a photographer, led him to experiment in, and perfect, this unique medium. “I wanted to synchronize the natural cyclical rhythm of the flower blooming and withering and the way of ‘Bone Flowers’. With that thought in mind, I took the ‘Bone Flower, Cherry Blossoms’ to a cherry blossom viewing to which I had been invited. I felt that it was most befitting to have an exhibition of the ‘Cherry Blossoms’ under the cherry blossoms in full bloom whose petals were fluttering downward. I wanted to experience with those at the viewing how transient the life of ‘Bone Flowers’ was [sic].”
Tokushige has dabbled with other organic mediums for his art, most notably his No-Bana or “Brain Flowers” sculpted from animal brains. But he remains devoted to the symbolic cycle of life, from flower to bone.
The solo exhibition will be housed at Tribeca’s Gallery Kogure New York (434 Greenwich Street) and debuts with an opening reception on Wednesday, March 14th from 6-9pm. (“Honebana” can be seen at Gallery Kogure from 11am to 6pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, March 14 to May 21). (see more at honebana.com)